Inside CDCR video: Art inspires at Pelican Bay

The beautiful artwork adorning the walls of Pelican Bay State Prison (PBSP) represents not only the artistic talent of its creators, but also the changes that have swept through California’s state prisons. In what used to be the Security Housing Unit (SHU), a maximum-security facility at the Crescent City prison, art, rehabilitative programs and reentry readiness are now the focus. In 2017, CDCR converted nearly 500 SHU cells into Level II housing, creating a setting suitable for lower-custody incarcerated people to live and program.

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Final Proposition 57 regulations approved

The Proposition 57 regulations were approved for permanent adoption by the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) and filed with the Secretary of State’s Office on Tuesday, May 1. This was the last step in codifying the regulations, which were implemented gradually last year after being approved on a temporary emergency status in April 2017.

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DJJ Johanna Boss High School students exhibit projects with pride

The description of a May 14 event at a Johanna Boss High School simply states students “at O.H. Close Youth Correctional Facility in Stockton will show academic growth and project-based learning methodologies, incorporating social and emotional themes in a Service Exhibition.” The youth created outlines for new charitable organizations, laid out planned community construction projects, created superheroes as a computer design project and achieved fitness goals in the gymnasium — all to show what they’ve learned through practical applications. Beneath that, however, was much deeper meaning – giving students the opportunity to be successful in an academic environment. For most of them, it was the first time they had such an experience.

DJJ demonstrates student success in business world

By Jeff Perine, teacher, Johanna Boss High School O.H. Close Youth Correctional Facility Youth at the Johanna Boss High School (JBHS) of O.H. Close Youth Correctional Facility were awarded the 2019 Emily Chan Most Inspirational Team Award for their participation in a...

CSP-LAC staff honored for Law Appreciation Day

Two California State Prison-Los Angeles County (CSP-LAC) staff members were recently recognized for their work protecting the community. Every year Parris Law Firm and the Lancaster Baptist Church honors the members of local law enforcement agencies of the Antelope Valley community. This year they selected Correctional Officer James Aparicio and Lt. Richard Ochoa.

Salinas Valley prison helps inmates prepare for re-entry

Salinas Valley State Prison held a graduation ceremony for one of its many re-entry programs on Facility D. The class completed the Substance Abuse portion of the re-entry program. Sixteen graduates were able to celebrate with a ceremony to include speeches from correctional staff, facilitators, graduates and a pizza party.

MCSP visiting staff brighten Mother’s Day visits with flowers

Mule Creek State Prison (MCSP) celebrated Mother’s Day by surprising the inmate population with roses to give to their mothers during visiting. The event was made possible with a generous donation of 200 roses from Statewide Inmate Family Council (IFC) and MCSP IFC member Christina Mendoza.

CSP-Solano helps feed those in need

Did you know that some reports reflect that in California, 4,574,710 people are struggling with hunger – and of them 1,731,270 are children? That comes down to 1 in 8 people struggling with hunger, and 1 in 5 of those are children. This is one reason CSP-Solano hosted a food drive March 31 to support the Vacaville Storehouse, an organization that provides free food and necessary personal care items to people in need in Solano County. The Storehouse serves more than 20,000 people every month.

CDCR Time Capsule: Escapes led governor to ask for prison statistics in 1854

In 1854, rumors surrounding the new State Prison sparked the governor to request specific details on the prison’s population figures. His letter reminded those inspectors of certain duties they were required to fulfill. That letter eventually led to more formal reports carrying on to the modern prison system and today’s Office of Research at CDCR. In his letter to prison inspectors, the governor laid out expectations. The following year, a massive report on the conditions of the prison caused major changes and the eventual seizure of the prison from private contractors.

Inside CDCR Video: Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work Day

It is estimated that over 3.5 million employers participated in the annual Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work Day on April 25, including at CDCR. The celebration is intended to introduce girls and boys across the county to the workplace and empower them to dream without gender limitations and think imaginatively about their family, work, and community lives. At CDCR institutions across the state, children participated in a variety of activities throughout the day.

Above the Call: Off-duty CCWF correctional officer saves stabbing victim

While on-duty, Correctional Officer Fred Moss can usually be found working at Central California Women’s Facility. But one recent morning the off-duty officer was checking off items from his grocery shopping list when he answered the call for help. On March 6, Officer Moss was shopping at a grocery store in Fresno. With his cart loaded and ready to check-out, he spotted an unconscious woman lying on the ground, a pool a blood forming on the floor around her neck.