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Brothers wearing correctional officer uniforms at the training center.

Duenas brothers proudly wear badge

Brothers in family are now brothers in badge after Lorenzo Duenas graduated with Academy Class 1-23A, joining older sibling Gilbert Duenas.

VIDEOS

Incarcerated person does bike refurbishing program at Folsom Prison.

Bike refurbishing program is year‑long effort

Throughout 2022, incarcerated person Frank Jachwak spent much of his time in the Folsom State Prison workshop in the bike refurbishing program.


People standing in line for a correctional officer career hiring event.

Start your Correctional Officer career

Start off the new year with a new career as a Correctional Officer. To meet current hiring needs, the Office of Peace Officer Selection is hosting multiple JumpStart Hiring events for Correctional Officer applicants.

Food service standards date to Civil War

Poorly cooked food, a lack of basic standards, and foodborne illness led to the government issuing a standardized food service manual for Civil War soldiers. The pamphlet became a staple on the field and in institutions such as San Quentin.

REHABILITATION

Offender Mentor Certification graduation with people wearing caps and gowns.

First offender mentor certification at CCI

California Correctional Institution (CCI) held their first Offender Mentor Certification Program graduation on Jan. 12.

Two incarcerated people receive certificates from prison officials.

Avenal prison honors CALPIA graduates

The California Prison Industry Authority (CALPIA) hosted a graduation ceremony in partnership with CDCR at Avenal State Prison (ASP) on Jan. 26.

Two Corcoran prison incarcerated students cut pieces of sheet metal under the gaze of the instructor.

Students turn sheet metal into art

CSP-Corcoran sheet metal program incarcerated participants recently put their skills to work creating art as landscaping replacement.

ABOVE THE CALL

Ironwood staff honored by governor: a sergeant, lieutenant and registered nurse.

Governor honors three Ironwood employees

Three Ironwood State Prison (ISP) employees were awarded the Silver Medal in Tuesday’s Governor’s State Employee Medal of Valor virtual ceremony for their heroic rescue last year of two adults and two children involved in a rollover vehicle accident.

2022 Medal of Valor ceremony with people in chairs.

CDCR honors employees at 2022 Medal of Valor

At its 2022 Medal of Valor Ceremony, the CDCR honored 44 people for their bravery in responding to crises and life-threatening situations as well as exemplary work of benefit to the department and the community.

Blythe police arrested a suspect on weapon and drug charges.

Correctional Officer helps Blythe Police apprehend suspect

While driving toward Blythe, Correctional Officer Harold Gaskill stopped to help a police officer struggling with a suspect.

BEYOND THE BADGE

Brothers wearing correctional officer uniforms at the training center.

Duenas brothers proudly wear badge

Brothers in family are now brothers in badge after Lorenzo Duenas graduated with Academy Class 1-23A, joining older sibling Gilbert Duenas.

Five family members in correctional officer uniforms.

CDCR is a tradition for Morales family

Two decades ago, Miguel Morales became a CDCR correctional officer, forging a career path followed by four of his other family members.

CDCR recruiters with others at a Martin Luther King event in Sacramento.

Recruiters join Martin Luther King event

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr, CDCR recruitment teams joined thousands of community members at the March for the Dream event on Monday, January 16. The annual event is one of three walking rallies in Sacramento to celebrate the civil rights leader.

HISTORY

Food service standards date to Civil War

Poorly cooked food, a lack of basic standards, and foodborne illness led to the government issuing a standardized food service manual for Civil War soldiers. The pamphlet became a staple on the field and in institutions such as San Quentin.

Prison cemetery with images of two men superimposed.

Cemetery Tales: A ranch hand and a burglar

As part of the Cemetery Tales series, Inside CDCR takes a closer look at the stories behind two grave markers housed at the San Quentin Prison Museum.

Prison guards stand near guard house.

Walking the Walls: A history of custody staff

In honor of National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, Inside CDCR takes a closer look at the history of custody staff and how their roles have evolved.