CDCR staff braved cold waters on March 29 in support of Special Olympics Northern California. Teams from Mule Creek, High Desert, Deuel Vocational Institution, CSP-Sacramento and Headquarters participated in the annual Polar Plunge into the icy water of South Lake Tahoe at Zephyr Cove. Meanwhile Avenal State Prison, Valley State Prison and Central California Women’s Facility teams plunged into Fresno’s Millerton Lake.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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The Division of Rehabilitative Programs (DRP), Central California Women’s Facility, Options Recovery, and Amity Foundation collaborated to help 21 inmates graduate the Offender Mentor Certification Program (OMCP) earlier this year. The offenders are now certified drug and alcohol treatment counselors.
Youth throughout Sacramento County learned about the criminal justice system thanks to high school Youth Academies. Twice in March and once in April, the academies were held at various locations in the county. Division of Adult Parole Operations parole agents along with the District Attorney’s Office, Public Defender’s Office, Sacramento County Probation, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, Sacramento Police Department and Elk Grove Police Department work collaboratively to build community partnerships and provide a positive relationship between community kids and local law enforcement and the academies are just one such example.
CSP-Corcoran Facility 3B Gymnasium Officer Noberto Gonzalez began hanging military service flags as a way to show his support for staff who served in the United States military. Since 2017, this idea has grown, turning the gym into one of the most respected areas of the institution. When Officer Gonzalez began changing the look of the gym by hanging the flags, artistically inclined inmates also began discussions about painting murals on the drab cement walls of the gym. Once the Idea of a veterans memorial theme was adopted, Inmates began sketching their ideas on paper.
CDCR employees from four prisons volunteered their time to represent the department at the recent basketball game at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento. Honor Guard members from CSP-Solano, Mule Creek State Prison, Valley State Prison and Folsom State Prison came together to present our nation’s colors during the April 8 game between the Sacramento Kings and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Across the CDCR system, staff work hard to make sure inmates’ religious needs are met. This year the situation is complicated by Ramadan falling so close to Easter and Passover. Chaplains and imams willingly serve extra duty to meet inmates’ needs.
An 1874 report by the state prison investigative committee details efforts to rehabilitate inmates, lists a typical mess hall menu and describes the general layout of San Quentin. The committee also made their case to establish a branch prison at Folsom. Regarding education overseen by the prison chaplain, the report states, “Here, in the school-room, can be seen old gray-headed and young men sitting side by side, learning and being willing to learn.”
Meet Ron Mason, a correctional officer for more than 20 years who is sharing his talent as a writer to help his fellow correctional officers through hard times .Mason, who works at Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison, Corcoran, found Desert Waters Correctional Outreach after the suicide of a fellow officer. The organization provides consulting, staff training, and staff wellness resources.
On March 25, the CDCR California Institution for Men Baker-to-Vegas Running Team completed the Challenge Cup Relay. The team consisted of 20 runners completing the 120-mile relay race between Baker, California, and Las Vegas, Nevada. The team ran in honor of Correctional Officer Armando Gallegos Jr., who lost his life in a line-of-duty death Sept. 14, 2018. Also present at the race were Officer Gallegos’ family and widow, who appreciated the recognition, honor and respect that was shown.
In 2019, staff from California Correctional Institution (CCI) was back again for the fourth consecutive year competing in the Baker 2 Vegas Challenge Cup relay. CCI staff survived the scorching desert and chilling mountains to finish once again. CCI’s time for the 120-mile relay race was 18 hours. The original goals of the race continue – teamwork, camaraderie, physical fitness and competition. The race gives each staff member a reason to maintain top physical fitness, develop and strengthen their relationships with each other as a team.