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CTF memorial honor guard salutes flag.

CTF holds memorial for those who’ve fallen

The Correctional Training Facility (CTF) held their first memorial honoring all staff and retirees who passed away over the last year. The memorial included the Presentation of Colors by the CTF/Salinas Valley State Prison Color Guard, guest speakers, honor guard presentation, 21-gun salute and four blasts from the institutional horn.

VIDEOS

Future Fire Academy founder sitting in an office.

Future Fire Academy fosters firefighting careers

In 2019, we met Anthony Pedro, a devoted young father who had recently paroled after serving time as an incarcerated firefighter, climbing his way back into the fire service, this time as a civilian. “I’ve now promoted to engineer. So I’m the one that drives the engine and makes all that loud noise with the horn honking, that’s me,” Pedro said.


Screen capture of woman giving web presentation.

Meet the CDCR, CCHCS Accessibility Coordinators

Ensuring CDCR and CCHCS meet web accessibility requirements are two Accessibility Coordinators: Ann Alejandria and Jennifer Corcoran.

A sergeant and six new officers in uniform.

Academy graduates 258 new correctional officers

The Basic Correctional Officer Academy saw 258 graduates in the class of 3-22A on March 13.

REHABILITATION

Mental health professional Deborah Leong with brick wall behind her.

DJJ Psychologist discusses mental health, rehabilitation

In honor of May as Mental Health Professionals Month, Inside CDCR caught up with Psychologist Deborah Leong.

Velda Dobson Davis with CDCR logo.

CDCR retiree Dobson‑Davis has passion for service

These days it’s common to see CDCR employees running rehabilitative programs, sharing their skills and expertise with the population. From art and fundraising to horse care and fitness, these employees are going above and beyond to engage the population in positive activities.

Future Fire Academy founder sitting in an office.

Future Fire Academy fosters firefighting careers

In 2019, we met Anthony Pedro, a devoted young father who had recently paroled after serving time as an incarcerated firefighter, climbing his way back into the fire service, this time as a civilian. “I’ve now promoted to engineer. So I’m the one that drives the engine and makes all that loud noise with the horn honking, that’s me,” Pedro said.

ABOVE THE CALL

Sergeant Villarreal wears Gold Medal.

Watch Gold Medal presentation for Sergeant Villarreal

Correctional Sergeant Hector Villarreal was recently honored with a Gold Medal for his heroic actions in protecting the citizens of Kerman and his family from a serial shooter in 2018.

CDCR K-9 officers help at an overturned vehicle accident.

CDCR K‑9 units help rescue two from crash

While driving on Highway 99 near Madera, three K-9 officers spotted a vehicle flipped on its side. As the first to arrive at the March 6 crash, the officers pulled their state vehicles onto the shoulder and rushed to help.

female and male correctional officer uniforms.

Inside CDCR looks back at 2021

As 2021 comes to a close, Inside CDCR looks back at the top stories for the year. The month logging the most views this year was November. The story logging the most views deals with employment and how to become a correctional officer in CDCR.

BEYOND THE BADGE

Velda Dobson Davis with CDCR logo.

CDCR retiree Dobson‑Davis has passion for service

These days it’s common to see CDCR employees running rehabilitative programs, sharing their skills and expertise with the population. From art and fundraising to horse care and fitness, these employees are going above and beyond to engage the population in positive activities.

CDCR virtual job fair allows job seekers to use computers to attend.

Ken Kojima talks cyber security, rehabilitation, tech trends

Ken Kojima, the agency information security officer (AISO) for CDCR, was highlighted in Techwire in October 2021.

Man in uniform in front of flags.

Associate Warden Glucksman retires after 27‑year career

After 27 years of helping fulfill CDCR’s mission, Associate Warden Donald Glucksman is looking forward to the next chapter: retirement.

HISTORY

A female correctional sergeant and female cadets.

1987: Department publication highlights need for females in corrections

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.

Five mugshots of three men and two women.

By the numbers: History of the inmate numbering system

A mid-1990s report penned by San Quentin Associate Warden Dick Nelson looks closer at the inmate identification numbering system and how it got started in California. Some who have been assigned numbers include stagecoach bandits Black Bart, Rattlesnake Dick and Charley Dorsey. Inside CDCR revisits Nelson’s report to put the number system into context.

A sign for Corcoran Prison features drawings of a prison tower and buildings.

Photo Timeline: CSP‑Corcoran

During the 1980s and ’90s, California expanded the prison system. The original 12 prisons were supplemented with new facilities ranging from Pelican Bay State Prison in Crescent City to R.J. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego. Today, CDCR operates 35 adult institutions. One of those newer facilities is California State Prison, Corcoran. The men’s facility was activated in 1988 after two years of planning and another two years of construction.