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Two dogs rest at a New Life K-9 graduation ceremony.

Five dogs graduate New Life K‑9 Program at CMC

New Life K-9 Program at California Men’s Colony (CMC) said goodbye to five dogs who will be placed with veterans and first responders. The dogs — Faith, Hana, Gregor, Cole and Angel — were given a proper graduation ceremony as they left CMC.

VIDEOS

Valley State Prison incarcerated person and a horse.

Horses make a difference for incarcerated at Valley State Prison

A select few horses are coming to Valley State Prison as part of the Equine Assisted Learning Program. It’s a therapeutic approach for those behind the walls to lean on their four-legged friends for support, healing and wellness. Learn more in this video story.


Two officers from SATF help hand out holiday turkeys.

Kings County families get holiday help from SATF

Families in need received help with holiday meals thanks to the efforts of the incarcerated population and staff at Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison (SATF).

Two CDCR staff, a flag and five cub scouts.

Cub Scouts learn from CDCR K‑9 staff

Local Cub Scouts fulfilled some rank requirements by visiting with CDCR K-9 staff from California State Prison, Los Angeles County. K-9 Sergeant Karanikolas and K-9 Officer Montoya spoke to the Pack 40 Den 1 Bear Cub Scouts on November 17.

REHABILITATION

Two dogs rest at a New Life K-9 graduation ceremony.

Five dogs graduate New Life K‑9 Program at CMC

New Life K-9 Program at California Men’s Colony (CMC) said goodbye to five dogs who will be placed with veterans and first responders. The dogs — Faith, Hana, Gregor, Cole and Angel — were given a proper graduation ceremony as they left CMC.

Valley State Prison incarcerated person and a horse.

Horses make a difference for incarcerated at Valley State Prison

A select few horses are coming to Valley State Prison as part of the Equine Assisted Learning Program. It’s a therapeutic approach for those behind the walls to lean on their four-legged friends for support, healing and wellness. Learn more in this video story.

Man speaks to graduating classes at CCI.

CCI celebrates Facility A graduating classes for 2020, 2021

California Correctional Institution (CCI) Facility A celebrated the graduating classes of 2020 and 2021. The October 19 ceremony marked the first in-person graduation since 2019. In all, a total of 55 graduates and guests celebrated their accomplishments.

ABOVE THE CALL

Avenal State Prison sign with prison in the background.

Avenal prison staff act to save unresponsive coworker

The morning started out like any other for Stationary Engineer Cesar Quiroz. Reporting to the Avenal State Prison Co-Generation plant on July 9, he spotted a coworker who appeared to be unconscious. Stationary Engineer Kevin Sizemore, slumped over in his chair in an office, was unresponsive and did not appear to be breathing.

Medal of Valor logo.

CDCR honors 148 employees at 36th Medal of Valor ceremony

CDCR today honored 148 employees for bravery and service at its 2021 Medal of Valor ceremony. “These employees’ dedication to public service, their willingness to put themselves in harm’s way to save others and the work they do to improve our institutions and our communities exemplify the best in CDCR,” said CDCR Secretary Kathleen Allison.

Nursing staff with certifications

LAC nursing staff continue to receive praise for saving doctor

Registered Nursing staff at the California State Prison – Los Angeles County were honored  by executive staff for their swift action that contributed to saving a physician’s life.

BEYOND THE BADGE

Sgt. Singh at a CDCR recruitment booth surrounded by her family.

From Fiji to California, Sergeant Rupashna Singh embraces new culture

For Sgt. Rupashna Singh, moving to the United States from Fiji in 2008 presented a clash of cultures, but it was a challenge she was eager to tackle. Today she’s a background investigator for the Office of Peace Officer Selection. Inside CDCR caught up with Singh to discuss her journey.

School staff and guests at Dodger Stadium.

CCI Tehachapi Mountain Adult School staff bond during outings

The staff of Tehachapi Mountain Adult School (TMAS) at California Correctional Institute (CCI), along with those on the custody side, recently teamed up for a trip to Dodger Stadium. In all, 107 staff attended the outing, many of them experiencing their first Major League Baseball game.

first place medals and two prison staff members.

Two Solano staff take first place at US Police and Fire Championships

When it comes to shooting hoops, two CSP-Solano staff members slam-dunked a first-place win at the U.S. Police and Fire Championships.

HISTORY

Inmate photos of George Moore through the decades.

1938 photo shows scars of George Moore’s hard life

In 1938, three-time convicted felon George Moore sat for his identification photo at Folsom State Prison. According to prison records, he was 73 years old, serving a term for “sex perversion.” In this installment, Inside CDCR goes behind the photo to tell the cautionary tale of George Moore.

Tags and chits hangs from the fence at DVI prison.

Deuel Vocational Institution deactivation in photos

Deuel Vocational Institution (DVI) officially deactivated September 30, 2021, bringing an end to nearly 70 years of public service in Tracy.

Paso Robles facility time capsule contents show newspapers, photos and booklets.

1954 time capsule opened at Paso Robles Youth Correctional Facility

The first youths arrived at Paso de Robles Youth Correctional Facility on Sept. 30, 1947, a former 200-acre Army airfield purchased by the state for $8,000 and run by the former California Youth Authority. In 1954, a time capsule was put into the Administration Building.