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CDCR holds July hiring workshops in Central Valley

The CDCR Specialized Recruitment and Outreach Unit will hold two Central Valley hiring workshops in July.

VIDEOS

CDCR K-9 Bailey in training facility.

Meet Bailey, the donated award‑winning K‑9

What a treat for Sarah and Brandon Adkins to see a dog they raised for a year, then donated, training at the CDCR K-9 Academy in Stockton. The academy is located inside the former Northern California Women’s Facility.


Unlocked podcast equipment

CDCR launches ‘Unlocked’ podcast

CDCR is taking a new step to better educate its staff and their families through the CDCR Unlocked podcast.

Collage of pride-themed images: A rainbow, hands with a rainbow background forming a heart, hand prints in rainbow paint

Pride Month Staff Spotlight: Officer Mandi Hauwert

As part of its Pride Month coverage, The Government Alliance on Race & Equity (GARE) caught up with Correctional Officer Mandi Hauwert from San Quentin State Prison. Here, Hauwert shares her thoughts on Pride Month and what it means to her.

REHABILITATION

Kids in baseball uniforms hold oversized check for $4,891.

Salinas Valley prison raises thousands for youth sports

On June 3, the incarcerated men of Salinas Valley State Prison donated $4,890 to Little League players, coaches and their president.

Avenal prison skateboard artists show their work.

Incarcerated artists give kids the gift of skateboarding

Fresno Skateboard Salvage works with several California prisons to help underprivileged kids enjoy the many benefits of skateboarding on National Go Skateboarding Day and beyond.

Performers hold a concert in California State Prison Sacramento.

CSP‑Sac concert offers hope through music

Over 100 incarcerated people at California State Prison-Sacramento (SAC) witnessed a hope-inspiring concert June 8-9.

ABOVE THE CALL

Firefighter sprays hot spots in burned out building.

CDCR, MCRP staff save two following explosion

Chatting in the parking lot after their shift, two MCRP staff were suddenly shaken by a large explosion. That’s when they jumped into action.

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.

BEYOND THE BADGE

Unlocked podcast equipment

CDCR launches ‘Unlocked’ podcast

CDCR is taking a new step to better educate its staff and their families through the CDCR Unlocked podcast.

Collage of pride-themed images: A rainbow, hands with a rainbow background forming a heart, hand prints in rainbow paint

Pride Month Staff Spotlight: Officer Mandi Hauwert

As part of its Pride Month coverage, The Government Alliance on Race & Equity (GARE) caught up with Correctional Officer Mandi Hauwert from San Quentin State Prison. Here, Hauwert shares her thoughts on Pride Month and what it means to her.

Doctor speaks to incarcerated patient at San Quentin.

Mental health providers put patient care first

While May is Mental Health Awareness Month, for CDCR’s Statewide Mental Health Program, it is their focus everyday, all year long.

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.