Week in Review

CDCR Week in Review: November 4, 2022

What’s New

Daylight Saving Time-Fall Back
Daylight Saving Time-Fall Back

Daylight Saving Time-Fall Back

Daylight Saving Time officially ends at 2 a.m., Sunday, November 6, 2022, when the clocks “fall back” one hour. To best follow the time change, it is recommended you set the clock back an hour when heading to bed Saturday night.

Did you know? The concept of conserving fuel and adjusting sleep schedules was proposed by Benjamin Franklin in 1784. As a U.S. Ambassador in Paris, France, he wrote a satirical essay suggesting Paris residents could save candles and lamp oil by changing their sleep patterns.

“(With) 183 nights between March 20 and September 20, times 7 hours per night of candle usage, equals 1,281 hours for a half year of candle usage. Multiplying by 100,000 families gives 128,100,000 hours by candlelight. Each candle requires half a pound of tallow and wax, thus a total of 64,050,000 pounds,” Franklin wrote at the time. “An immense sum that the city of Paris might save every year, by the economy of using sunshine instead of candles.”

Franklin also jokingly suggested guards be placed where candles are stored and that cannons should be fired at sunrise, along with chiming clocks, to ensure Parisians rose with the sun.

The first major effort in the U.S. was during World War I to help the country conserve fuel to put toward the war effort. After the war, the practice fell out of favor, until World War II, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt instituted the program once again.

It didn’t become commonplace until January 4, 1974, when President Nixon signed into law the Emergency Daylight Saving Time Energy Conservation Act.

Biased Conduct

Bias Definition

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS) are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Valuing the diversity of all staff ensures our department thrives and creates an environment that is both inclusive and attracts talent and excellence. As public servants, all staff set the example for the people we serve. As such, the expectation for all CDCR and CCHCS staff is to conduct themselves to the highest standards. This commitment should manifest not only in the Department’s recruitment, hiring, and promotional processes, but in all interactions with each other, the populations served, and members of the community. If biased conduct does occur within the Department, it will be addressed immediately.

But what is “biased conduct”? The official definition adopted by the department is as follows:

Biased conduct refers to the conduct of an employee that is motivated, implicitly or explicitly, by an employee’s beliefs about someone based on the person’s actual or perceived personal characteristics. Conduct is biased if a reasonable person would conclude so using the facts at hand; such conduct may occur in an encounter with incarcerated people, parolees, the public, with other employees, or online, such as conduct on social media. An employee’s actions or conduct need not be intentionally biased or prejudiced for that conduct to be reasonably deemed biased.

Making a conscious effort to overcome biases means to take into account different voices and perspectives. While some biases can be consciously manifested through overt behaviors – such as clearly refusing to hire an employee because of their sex or race – other biased conduct may be less obvious. Regardless of whether it is conscious or not, biased conduct is not acceptable.

At our direction, the CDCR/CCHCS Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) is dedicated to helping build an inclusive and culturally diverse workplace. The team is comprised of the CDCR/CCHCS GARE Steering Committee and GARE Ambassadors and is committed to helping all staff learn more and do better. The GARE team has created an array of resources, from video interviews with CDCR executives to articles written by employees, all sharing personal experiences, best practices, and lessons learned. Thank you all for the work you do to keep diversity, equity, and inclusion at the forefront of what CDCR/CCHCS does. Through your efforts and continued education from our CDCR/CCHCS GARE Steering Committee and other Department leaders, we will continue to build this Department into one truly representative of the communities we serve.


Upward Mobility

 

Commission on Correctional Peace Officer Standards ,Executive Director, 
Tina Bayles
Commission on Correctional Peace Officer Standards ,Executive Director,
Tina Bayles

On Nov. 7, Tina Bayles has been appointed as Executive Director, Commission on Correctional Peace Officer Standards and Training (CPOST).


Staff Resources

Developing Power Habits

Developing Power Habits, Lunch Time Learnnin' w/David Burden, Nov 9th 2022, @ 12pm
Lunch Time Learnin’ W/David Burden

A reminder ALI will be providing to all CDCR staff another opportunity to receive “Lunch Time Learnin’ with David Burden”.

In his next session, David Burden will be presenting Developing Power Habits on Wednesday, November 9, 2022 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. 

As a reminder, “Lunch Time Learnin’ with David Burden” will be presented on a biweekly (every other Wednesday) basis, with an emphasis on resiliency, habit development, and unconscious bias, among other topics.

If you are interested in attending this course, please use one of the links below to register:

CDCR/CCHCS: Developing Power Habits_CDCR/CCHCS

CalPIA: Developing Power Habits_CalPIA

Please note: In order for the link to work, you must be signed into and have your LMS open.  If you are not signed into your LMS, after selecting the link you may be prompted to log in. Once you log in you will be taken to your LMS dashboard, reselect the link in the flyer/email to be taken to the course, or search the course name from your dashboards search engine located at the top of your LMS.

If you have enrolled in this session previously, you will/may need to click on the “Re-enroll” button first (top, right hand side of your screen) and then scroll down to the bottom of the page to be able to select the 11/02 session, per our LMS Team.

If you have any questions, please email us at CDCRStatewideTrainingSupport.

Free Savings Plus Retirement Consultations

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This information has been provided by CalHR Savings Plus

Are you looking to enroll with Savings Plus, your supplemental retirement plans? Are you currently participating in a Savings Plus 401(k) or 457(b), but it has been awhile since you have had someone look at your investment allocations? Or, are you looking to retire soon and have Lump Sum Separation questions?

Savings Plus is offering free one-on-one consultations to provide you the opportunity to ask questions and get information about your retirement accounts from a Savings Plus consultant. Twenty-minute phone appointments are available on November 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th as well as November 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th.

To sign up simply click here. Find the time you would like to meet, click the green “signup button”, enter your email and click “continue”. Next, enter the phone number you would like to be contacted at and then click the “Save and Done button”. If you get a message stating all spots are full, then you are not registered. On the day and time of your meeting your assigned Savings Plus representative will call you at the phone number you entered. Please make sure if you are using your office number you enter your extension when registering. You will receive a reminder email from signup.com as well as from the representative you are meeting with. Because there are limited spots, please only sign up for one timeslot. If you need more time, you can schedule a follow up appointment.

Are you looking for information, but not ready to speak to a consultant? Take advantage of Savings Plus’ webinars on the following topics:

  • Lump sum separation
  • Finance 101
  • Budgeting
  • Social Security
  • Taxes, investing, retirement savings and more

To learn more or view Savings Plus webinars click here.

Disclaimer:  The material contained in this email is being forwarded as information sharing from Employee Health and Wellness.  This email is provided solely for informational purposes.  Mention of trade names, businesses, presenters, products, services, or any other material is not intended to constitute endorsement of or recommendation for use. Decisions regarding all things wellness related should be made after careful consideration and consultation with your own professional advisors.

Office of Employee Wellness (OEW)

Email:  WellnessNews@cdcr.ca.gov

Want to learn more about OEW programs? Visit the CDCR HUB or internet page.

Interested in learning about OEW resources for employees and families, click here.


Rehabilitation Updates

Dia de los Muertos celebration

 

CCTRP Participants at Dia de los Muertos Celebration
CCTRP Participants at Dia de los Muertos Celebration

On October 14, 2022, 15 participants from the Sacramento Custody to Community Transitional Reentry Program attended and participated in a Women’s Art Exhibit, which also included performances by Aztec Dancers, live music by a local female Mariachi group, and more at the California Museum in Downtown Sacramento. This event was held to instill cultural pride in attendees, increase cross-cultural appreciation, and educate them on the Día de los Muertos celebration.

Defy Ventures Graduation

Defy Ventures Graduates
Defy Ventures Graduates

The first Defy Ventures, HealthRIGHT 360, graduating class celebrated their success at the Male Community Reentry Program (MCRP)-Los Angeles # 1. Defy Ventures, HealthRIGHT 360, is a six month entrepreneur training program for people who have been involved in the criminal justice system and want to reclaim their leadership. The program began in April 2022 at MCRP LA1 and ended on October 15, 2022. The program covered everything an entrepreneur needs to know during this time, including: planning for the future, the entrepreneurial journey, giving and receiving feedback, self-limiting beliefs, developing a business solution, and mission, vision, and values. Furthermore, the program covered a wide range of topics related to self-improvement, employment, and leadership. Defy Ventures provided workbooks to each client, had special guests, and participated in three outside events: the Coaching Event, the Deep Dive Coaching, and the Pitch Showcase and Graduation.

MCRP Hosted a Halloween Event for Participants and Families

MCRP LA3 Halloween Event
MCRP LA3 Halloween Event

The Long Beach Male Community Reentry Program (MCRP LA3, GEO) recently hosted a family reunification event for Halloween on October 27, 2022. Nearly 40 MCRP participants’ families arrived at the site, many dressed in fun Halloween costumes. First, MCRP staff and participants hosted a “Trunk or Treat” for the kids, with enough candy for each child to make three rounds around the parking lot. Families were then led to an outdoor patio that had been fully decorated for Halloween. Following a buffet dinner, families and participants sat under the stars to watch an animated movie. The evening concluded with awards for the best costumes and gift bags for all of the children. Many MCRP participants who did not bring their families volunteered to help with setup, cleanup, and food service. The event was a huge success thanks to the staff, volunteers, and everyone else involved. Tisha McAfee, the site’s Program Director, believes that events like this one are critical to the rehabilitation process. Aside from regular weekend visits, the MCRP site hosts a family event about once a month. Plans for Thanksgiving are already in the works, with participants and their families creating vision boards to set goals for their futures together.


In our Institutions

Avenal State Prison Family Night/Trunk-or-Treat

For staff members dressed in Halloween costumes.
ASP Staff at Trunk-or-Treat

By Lt. J. Reyes, AA/PIO

On Wednesday, October 26, 2022, Avenal State Prison (ASP) welcomed all staff and their families to its Family Night and First Annual Car, Truck, and Bike Show and Shine, which included a Trunk-or-Treat.

For about 300 staff and family members, ASP hosted a night of fun, food, and entertainment. The ASP car show featured 30 vehicles, including a custom Peterbilt Big Rig donated by Heet Trucking. Nursing, ISU, CRT, IST, Personnel, and Records staff, as well as Kaiser and AFLAC representatives, provided custom booths with various Halloween themes for children of family members to safely trick or treat.

Warden Martin Gamboa said, “The night was a success due to team work. ASP staff came together with hard work, planning, and organization to make this a memorable night. The support from the family members and the creativity of the staff who decorated their booths and cars really impressed me and I can’t wait until the next one.”

WSP-RC VISITING STAFF PUT SMILES ON KIDS FACES DURING HALLOWEEN SEASON

WSP-RC Children Coloring Contest Winner
WSP-RC Children Coloring Contest Winner

By Lt. J. Farley, AA/PIO

WSP-RC This Halloween season, Visiting Staff put a smile on many children’s faces as they visited their loved ones at WSP-RC. Throughout the month of October, children could enter a weekly Halloween-themed coloring contest. The management team voted on the coloring sheets weekly, with first through fifth place winners receiving a ribbon, coloring book, and crayons, and their artwork displayed inside the visiting room. All children were surprised by visiting staff as they were leaving with a goodie bag after completing their visits the weekend before Halloween.


In the Media

Road to Redemption: Project Rebound

Project Rebound Mural
Project Rebound Mural

Sabeen Al-Khasib, Staff Writer
November 3, 2022

The state of California has committed to reintegrating formerly incarcerated individuals by enabling them to get higher education within the California State University system via a pilot program called “Project Rebound.” 

Project Rebound was first established at San Francisco State University by Dr. John Irwin in 1967. As a once-convict himself, Irwin spent five years within California’s prison system for armed robbery. While incarcerated, Irwin took college-level classes through an extension program. Upon release, Irwin earned his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley in 1968. After receiving his doctorate, Irwin became a sociology and criminology professor at SFSU, where he taught for 27 years. 

Irwin founded Project Rebound as a way to guide those within the prison system toward a better life after release through education and prevent repeat offenses. 

“Ninety-eight of people who are incarcerated are going to be released. In what state do we want them to go home?” said Chairman and Executive Director of Project Rebound, Brady Heiner. Project Rebound aims to help those who were imprisoned in the past build their own pathway to a brighter future.

Read full story here


Top Inside CDCR Stories for the Week

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Social Media

Social media WIR - Nov. 1
Social media WIR – Nov. 1