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 Time Capsule 1950: Training emphasized professionalism, rehabilitation

A 1950 departmental training manual breaks down four-years of training into 20 pages. The introduction was written by Director of Corrections Richard A. McGee. After the complete restructuring of the state’s correctional department in 1944, McGee’s efforts to raise the bar of professional standards brought about statewide training. Walter Dunbar, who would later become the director, is listed as the state training officer. The manual states it is the duty of the correctional officers and the department to ensure the “education and rehabilitation of the human beings incarcerated in the institutions.”

Beyond the Badge: SATF employees visit Kenya to help needy, including at two prisons

Two CDCR employees, a husband and wife team, traveled along with an evangelist friend  to Kenya, Africa, in November and December 2018. Capt. Marshall Denning and DDP Teacher Assistant Tamsin Denning from the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in Corcoran (SATF) traveled to help in an area where more than 46 percent of the citizens live at or below the poverty level.

CMC opens new rehabilitation-focused modular buildings

California Men’s Colony (CMC) officially cut the ribbon on a five-year long project to open new rehabilitation-focused modular buildings. Several phases of this project took place over the last five-and-half years. It began with removing old run-down modular buildings. The empty site was then prepared for the new buildings.

Unlocking History: Ranger, soldier William Byrnes was SQ captain in 1850s

A veteran of multiple wars was one of the early correctional staff at what would eventually become San Quentin State Prison. Capt. William “Bill” Wallace Byrnes, of the California and Texas Rangers, was a veteran of the Mexican American War as well as many conflicts with Native Americans. When Gen. James Estell held the contract to run the state prison in the 1850s, he was eager to hire Byrnes, based largely on his war record. Byrnes served two years in his role in prison management before being called away to war once again.

SCC inmate creativity on display at local college

Artworks by California inmates at Sierra Conservation Center (SCC) will be on display at Columbia College in Sonora through March 28.
The show, “Artistic Realms,” features 100 acrylic paintings on display and for sale in the college’s Manzanita Building. The artworks were created by students in the William James Association’s Prison Arts Project class taught at SCC.