When CSP-Corcoran Correctional Officer Socorro Rios was diagnosed with cancer, her coworkers wanted to help. They organized a fundraiser, shoring their locks to show support. Raising $10,000 to help her in her battle, K-9 handler Rios instead donated all those funds to Valley Children’s Hospital.read more
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California Correctional Center’s (CCC) Supervising Dentist Dr. Clyde Hopson was presented with the Patriot Award at CCC, by retired Gen. Mike LePeilbet from the Employers Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). Hopson received the award for supporting Dr. Amir Bahadori while he was deployed overseas.
Jennifer Snell, CCHCS Health Program Specialist I for Mental Health at Avenal State Prison, has graduated summa cum laude (4.0 GPA) with a Masters of Science in Criminology from California State University, Fresno. Being a mother, a wife and a correctional employee, she still made time to continue her education.
About an hour after teaching his fellow graduates of Johanna Boss High School in Stockton the methodology of a “schoolboy knot,” sharply-dressed Valedictorian Ethan Ragan stepped to the lectern inside the OH Close Youth Correctional Facility auditorium, straightened his own tie, and shared even greater insight for success. “Although we have made some mistakes in our past, and have been through some struggles, we have turned a truly negative situation into a positive one by graduating here before you,” he said. “We know that we are not defined by our past, but by our present, and the decisions we make from here on will determine who we truly are.”
Mother of six and former California Prison Industry Authority (CALPIA) graduate, Vera Salcedo, walked into the Folsom Women’s Facility (FWF) beaming with pride. The June 6 visit to prison was different, in her words “transforming.” Wearing professional attire instead of her prison blues, Vera attended and provided words of encouragement to the female offenders at the graduation ceremony.
Today’s CDCR transportation units rely on buses and cars traveling over paved roadways, but this wasn’t always the case. When transporting inmates in the 1850s, there were generally two methods – ship or stagecoach. One of the state’s early stagecoach “whips,” as drivers were called, was “Six-Horse Charley” Parkhurst. The cigar-smoking, tobacco-chewing whip drove stages in northern California, Nevada and sometimes across multiple states. He was ranked among the best drivers in California, alongside Henry J. “Hank” Monk and Clark Foss. He helped transport inmates to the state asylums as well as the state prison at San Quentin, making him a sort of early contracted Transportation Officer. Parkhurst’s stage driving career ended when trains began to crisscross the state. He retired from the road, occasionally hauling something for neighbors, but got into the lumber and ranching business. Decades of hard living finally caught up to Parkhurst, who succumbed to cancer in 1879. It was only then friends discovered Charley’s given name was Charlotte and he’d been born female. This is the story of a person who migrated west during the Gold Rush to blaze new trails, break stereotypes and live life on his own terms.
The Invictus Youth Foundation, along with West Sacramento Police Department and DAPO Sacramento and Woodland Parole Agents, held a free community youth football clinic at River City High School on May 18. Pro NFL players along with Invictus Foundation staff and community leaders put kids, ages 5-14, through fundamental football drills, imparting life lessons on character, the impact of choices and how to be a champion in football, academics and life.
What seems to be key to staying fit is exercising and Ventura Youth Correctional Facility (VYCF) opened the Activity/Fitness Center during a recent ribbon cutting ceremony with the objective of making exercise opportunities more readily available to staff in order to help them achieve and maintain their fitness goals.
alifornia Correctional Institution (CCI) Fire Chief Daniel Turner recently took inmate firefighter David Reeves to the Clark Training Center in Riverside to take a CAL FIRE exam for Fire Apparatus Engineer. Inmate Reeves qualified to take this exam due to his experience and training received at the CCI Fire Department.