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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LAC Officer of the Year named; other staff honored

An Officer of the Year and other honors were recently given to California State Prison, Los Angeles County staff. Officer Daniel Sanchez is the recipient of the “Officer of the Year” award from the Parris Law Firm and Antelope Valley Bar Association.

Valley State Prison staff given three-day in-depth cross-training

Academic Instructors from the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, Center for Criminality and Addiction Research, Training and Application (CCARTA), collaborated with the CDCR Division of Rehabilitative Programs and Valley State Prison to host a three-day training event at the Merced Parole Office this spring.

Avenal sergeant balances work, family, fitness

Sgt. Andrea Tuntakit of Avenal State Prison achieves what seems impossible to some – a good balance of work, family and fitness. And she still gets an average six hours sleep a night. She runs her own fitness class (using a program called High Fitness), stays active in her children’s lives and works a demanding job.

Author Malik Wade shares his story and his credo with Stockton youth

Words earnestly escaped Malik Wade as he paced housing units inside O.H. Close Youth Correctional Facility in Stockton. Youth nodded respectfully in Wade’s direction as he stayed illuminated in the harsh light of high windows. With raw emotion, Wade explained his past incarceration and the life principles that guided his path to post-prison success so vividly, you felt like you could paint it. The author, entrepreneur, mentor and nonprofit founder is a regular speaker in county correctional facilities, but his trek to O.H. Close represented his first outreach to youthful offenders serving time with the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ).

RJD salutes hard-working staff

Doing more with less is the constant struggle faced by CDCR.  The Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility (RJDCF) is no exception to this, as it is one of the most complex missions within the department. Management is tasked with thinking outside of the box when it comes to providing effective leadership. We say, “Do more for the team, with less focus on self.”  The Executive Staff found a perfect opportunity to do more for the team when this year’s National Correctional Officers and Employees Week rolled around.