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CDCR Time Capsule Dec. 19, 1911: Former officer describes inmate jobs

“All the carpenter work, plumbing, brick work, machine work and blacksmith work, in fact every conceivable variety of work done at San Quentin, is done by prisoners, as they are mostly masters of every imaginable trade,” wrote former Correctional Officer William Conroy, who worked at San Quentin from 1903 to 1907. In the Santa Cruz Evening News, Dec. 19, 1911, Conroy described jobs held by inmates, the system used to show an inmate had completed an assignment and their usual work schedule.

CDCR Secretary Scott Kernan retires; new leadership team announced

With CDCR Secretary Scott Kernan retiring Aug. 31, 2018, following more than three decades of service, CDCR today announced that Undersecretary of Operations Ralph Diaz will serve as Acting Secretary. Kathleen Allison, Director of the Division of Adult Institutions, will serve as Acting Undersecretary of Operations. The Division of Adult Institutions will be led by Connie Gipson, Deputy Director of Facility Operations, from Sept. 1, until Oct. 31, 2018, and Jeff Macomber, Deputy Director of Facility Support, from Nov. 1, 2018, through Jan. 6, 2019, when the Governor’s term concludes.

CDCR hosts job fairs for variety of positions

CDCR is hiring for multiple positions in various locations. From carpenters to cooks and groundskeepers to mechanics, the department is holding hiring workshops to fill these positions.

LA Central’s Career Pathways 180 Academy provides second chance for parolees

On July 13, the Los Angeles Central Parole District in collaboration with the City of Inglewood Mayor’s Office and South Bay Workforce Investment Board (SBWIB) One Stop Center hosted the Career Pathways 180 Job Preparation and Workshop Academy. This event was the third cohort since its inception in April 2017. The Career Pathways 180 comprises four days of academia that focuses on job preparedness, readiness and soft skills with a graduation ceremony and job fair on the fifth day.

Gov. Brown names wardens at SCC, CCWF; appoints fiscal official

Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. has announced the appointments of wardens at the Sierra Conservation Center and the Central California Women’s Facility as well as one to a top fiscal post. Hunter Anglea has been appointed warden at Sierra Conservation Center (SCC) and Janel Espinoza has been appointed warden at Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF). Eric Swanson has been appointed deputy director of fiscal services at CDCR.

Children learn about parents’ jobs at Mule Creek

Mule Creek State Prison (MCSP) recently held its fifth annual Junior Corrections Academy. The Junior Academy was designed to give the children of MCSP employees a chance to learn more about the job their parents do every day and to expose them to the field of Corrections Law Enforcement.

CTF opens remodeled employee fitness center

The Correctional Training Facility (CTF) recently unveiled of its remodeled fitness center. The vision to convert the building into a fitness center was by former Warden Shawn Hatton, who in turn was honored as the founder. The facility was appropriately named the “Big Hatt Fitness Center.”

CDCR Time Capsule Dec. 18, 1911: Former officer describes life in prison for new inmate

“As I have been requested to write a story on the state’s prison at San Quentin where I was a guard for some time, I will do my utmost to give the public an honest story of what I know of it,” wrote former Correctional Officer William “Bill” Conroy in the Santa Cruz Evening News on Dec. 18, 1911. The first installment of his series documented how the state prison admitted new inmates.