Inside CDCR News Blog
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CDCR earned honors at the recent 21st annual State Agency Recognition Awards (SARA).
The program honors state departments, small business (SB) and disabled veteran business enterprise (DVBE) advocates, and state leadership for outstanding achievements in the fiscal year 2019-20.
Wasco State Prison-Reception Center Sgt. Rolando Guillermo was honored on Memorial Day for his service to our country. A banner with his military picture was created and placed on one of the city of Porterville’s street lights noting his service. The Navy member shown to the left is his nephew who is actively serving our country.
California’s conservation camp program can trace its roots to the highway camps of the early 1900s. Back then, incarcerated people were put to work building roads through mountains and hills, helping connect rural communities. The tradition of serving communities continues today as incarcerated men and women learn the value of teamwork in one of the state’s fire camps.
Eel River Conservation Camp on May 18 hosted 85 incarcerated firefighters from Alder and Parlin Fork camps for what’s called the annual Redwood Coast Fire Preparedness Exercises.
History is being made in Chowchilla. As part of the Youth Offender Rehabilitative Community program at Valley State Prison (VSP) the Valley State Adult School (VSAS), in collaboration with California State University, Fresno (CSUF), launched a “Criminology 120, Juvenile Delinquency” class on April 15.
ABOVE THE CALL
For Correctional Officer Aaron Leon and his family, what was otherwise a typical Saturday morning quickly turned into a life-saving effort.
Off-duty Correctional Officer Stephen Leach was heading home from California Health Care Facility when he witnessed two cars crash at an intersection. One of the cars careened through a brick wall and into the corner of a home. The officer immediately pulled over, parked his car and rushed to the scene.
BEYOND THE BADGE
CDCR Sgt. Vanessa Melendez, who volunteers for Big Brothers Big Sisters organization, has been honored as the Big Sister of the Year. Three years ago, she was matched with A’Vonti.
Correctional Officer Donnell Washington tackles challenges on- and off-duty with excellent results. The Calipatria State Prison officer continues to add to a 19-year record of service and dedication to his job and the community outside the fence.
Not only is Ronald De Jesus passionate about his daily duties as a Correctional Officer at California Health Care Facility (CHCF), he’s also racked up years of wins at motocross events. At just 13, he started racing and still hits the off-road tracks every chance he gets. “I will keep racing until my limbs stop working,” he said.
The first female correctional officers were hired to work in California’s male prisons in the early 1970s. But, women have held other positions or supervised incarcerated females for well over 100 years. In honor of Women’s History Month, Inside CDCR takes a closer look at some of the early female staff.
Revisit this 1987 story originally published in Correction News. — When Daniel J. McCarthy first became a correctional officer in 1949, the California Department of Corrections prohibited women from working inside a prison. In fact, women weren’t even allowed to tour prisons.
Since establishing the state prison system in the 1850s, good-hearted neighbors have voluntarily stepped inside to help the incarcerated population. Without recognition or fanfare, they’ve improved the lives of countless people living in the state’s penal institutions.