CDCR honors 68 at annual Medal of Valor ceremony

CDCR honored 68 employees Sept. 14 during its 33rd annual Medal of Valor Ceremony, including 17 Pelican Bay State Prison employees who were honored with Gold Star Medals after being brutally attacked during a large-scale riot at the prison last year. The department also recognized the efforts of 16 employees who went above and beyond during the Las Vegas mass shooting last year and remembered the sacrifice of Lt. Derrick “Bo” Taylor.

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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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CDCR joins effort to promote emergency preparedness

To learn more about the recent Day of Preparedness event held in Old Sacramento, Inside CDCR caught up with Mandy Johnson, CDCR’s Senior Emergency Management Coordinator for the Office of Correctional Safety’s Emergency Planning and Management Unit.

Former CSP-LAC Warden Ernest Roe passes at 66

Ernest C. Roe, a longtime law enforcement official, passed away Aug. 29 at the age of 66. Roe began his law enforcement career as a San Joaquin County deputy sheriff and in 1985 became the supervisor of the California Department of Corrections training academy at Sierra Conservation Center in Jamestown. He became CSP-LAC’s second warden in 1994. He retired from state service in 2003.

Above the Call: Correctional Officer renders aid to car crash victim

A routine drive home was anything but when a correctional officer was heading home after her shift. On Aug. 18, 2018 while driving home from the California Correctional Institution, Officer Kendle Prince witnessed a single-car accident on Highway 58 outside Bakersfield.

CMF staff ‘Stuff the Bus’ with back-to-school supplies

What started as an idea by Lt. Megan Cherinka followed by a phone call to the Solano County Board of Education came to fruition on Aug. 15, when California Medical Facility (CMF) delivered 105 filled backpacks to foster children and underprivileged youth within Solano County. 

CDCR mourns death of Kern Valley State Prison officer 

On Friday, Sept. 14, Kern Valley State Prison (KVSP) Correctional Officer Armando Gallegos died unexpectedly in a Hanford hospital. Gallegos, 56, had worked at KVSP since graduating from the Basic Correctional Officer Academy in 2005. He remained at the prison until April 21, 2018, when he, along with a second officer, sustained injuries during an attack by inmates.

Mule Creek prison hosts solemn 9-11 remembrance

Mule Creek State Prison honored the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks with a moving remembrance ceremony held in the Central Plaza of the institution. Plaza walkways were lined with flags to mark the 17th anniversary of the most tragic act of terrorism on U.S. soil.

CDCR partners with Caltrans for Prison-to-Employment job fairs

CDCR and Caltrans have partnered for “Prison to Employment” job fairs with Salinas Valley State Prison Warden William Muniz representing the department. The warden is working on a special assignment for the “Prison to Employment Initiative” with Caltrans for direct Civil Service placement. Caltrans offers jobs to the inmates upon their parole which is contingent on the inmates passing an online exam, job interview, urinalysis test and an Audiometric evaluation.