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CRC: A model of innovation in rehabilitation

Plant Ops staff honor past, bring historic site into future

Over the past few years, the California Rehabilitation Center (CRC) has embarked on efforts to rejuvenate its physical infrastructure and its approach to rehabilitation. Under the guidance of Warden Glenn Pratt, CRC has become an example of innovation and commitment to rehabilitation. Pratt will be the first to tell you – it doesn’t happen without the input and hard work of enthusiastic staff.

CRC’s remarkable Plant Operations Unit

One of the foundations of the Norco prison’s transformation is its Plant Operations Unit.

Pratt lauds the CRC Plant Ops team members for their unwavering dedication to their roles. They take immense pride in maintaining the facility to the highest standards. Their commitment shines through in the well-maintained surroundings, fostering an environment conducive to rehabilitation and healing.

During a recent tour accompanied by Jared Lozano, Deputy Director of the Division of Adult Institutions, Pratt showcased the innovations taking place at CRC.

The improvements are in line with the California Model, which aims to make correctional settings more closely resemble communities. The goal is to make institutions more peaceful while improving the overall wellness of correctional employees.

Preserving history through restoration

Some of the historic buildings at the rehabilitation center have faced their share of challenges, necessitating extensive restoration efforts. However, CRC approached these challenges with a blend of creativity and determination, turning them into growth opportunities. Through meticulous planning and resourcefulness, CRC has successfully transformed some of the historic structures into a facility honoring its past while serving as a haven for rehabilitation.

CRC innovative rehabilitation programs

CRC’s innovative approach extends beyond its infrastructure. It is committed to providing meaningful opportunities for the incarcerated population to rehabilitate and reintegrate into society. CRC offers an array of programs focused on education, vocational training, and mental health support. Incarcerated people are empowered to acquire valuable skills and knowledge, preparing them for a better future upon their release.

Community engagement, collaboration

In recent years, CRC has emphasized community engagement and collaboration. The facility has forged partnerships with local organizations, universities, and businesses to expand its rehabilitation programs and provide the incarcerated population with real-world opportunities. These partnerships not only benefit the population but also strengthen ties between CRC and the community it serves.

Under the leadership of Warden Pratt, CRC’s Plant Operations Unit has set a high standard for facility maintenance. The transformation of the historic building into a place of healing and rehabilitation reflects CRC’s commitment to progress.

Story by David Maldonado, Chief (A), Strategic Communications and External Affairs

For more history, read this article about the first CRC Superintendent

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