California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS) received the HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence for Implementing an Automated Clinical Risk Classification System, which reduced potentially avoidable hospitalizations by nearly 30 percent from June 2015 through December 2017 and saved more than $2 million in the first three years of its implementation.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 Statewide Patient Safety Committee invites all staff to participate in Patient Safety Awareness Week 2019 and “Take the Pledge for Patient Safety,” held March 11-15.
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.”
A typical drive home was anything but for Folsom State Prison Sgt. Jesse Camp. Shortly after midnight, while driving his personal vehicle, Camp came across the scene of a two-vehicle accident. One of the victims was an on-duty CDCR employee.
At Ventura Youth Correctional Facility (VYCF), Principal Tae Mauk, along with a cadre teachers, make it possible for students to take responsibility for their acquisition of knowledge and develop solutions for complex problems through Project Based Learning (PBL).
A letter from a prominent state official thanking a CDCR officer for a simple courtesy in a crowded emergency room underscored the good deeds transportation officers have performed across the state over the years.
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.
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.
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.
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.