The arts have played a role in the rehabilitation of offenders. From painting to acting, inmates have turned around their lives, becoming productive citizens after release from prison. Even the violence of the 1970s didn’t stop the state from trying to achieve this goal. This is the fourth part in a series delving deeper into the department’s rehabilitative efforts.
The state’s transition from horse-drawn wagons to automobiles required roads through mountainous terrain. As an experiment, low-level inmates were sent to honor camps to help construct those highways. Later, the road camps were turned into firefighting camps with many still in use today. Early on, education for inmates was seen as a major stepping stone to leading a productive life post-release. Programs to help inmates earn diplomas, degrees and certificates were gradually added to the prison system. This is the third part in a series delving deeper in the department’s efforts to rehabilitate offenders.
Condemned inmate Anthony Delgado, 49, attacked a correctional officer with an inmate-manufactured weapon at San Quentin State Prison Thursday morning while being examined by medical staff.
In 2002, the departmental newsletter published this piece on Correctional Officer Mike Begley in his role as second watch desk officer at San Quentin State Prison’s East Block, one of three housing units for condemned inmates. At the time, Officer Begley was a 14-year San Quentin veteran.
CDCR Time Capsule (video) 1918 or 1930: San Quentin film features early work of 10-time Academy Award winner
Dusting off a series of undated raw film clips, Inside CDCR found the name of an Academy Award winning special effects cinematographer appearing throughout silent footage of San Quentin. Judging by clues in the film, it appears to have been shot in 1917 or 1918. Another source said clues point to sometime between 1930 and 1933.