Two former inmates who now firefighters with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) shared their success story with inmates this spring at the Fenner Canyon Conservation Camp, located in the mountain range above Valyermo, CA.read more
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.read more
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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.
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.
For 46 years, Rev. Beverly “Rev. Bev” Tafoya has ministered at California Rehabilitation Center. She recently donated over $26,000 worth of music equipment to the institution’s chapel.
The California Rehabilitation Center participated in another Bring Your Child to Work Day on April 26, 2018. Staff from every department and classification brought in over 110 children to share what they do at work.
Inmates who learned job skills at the prison often found difficulty landing employment. They found an eager ally in a grizzled sea captain who delivered supplies to the prison for decades since he usually staffed his ship with former offenders.
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.
In conjunction with The Sacramento Banana Festival, Correctional Workers Who Care will host its 8th Annual Soul Stroll for Health. The walk will promote community wellness, literacy and bringing attention to the issue of infant mortality in the African American community.
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).
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.