Inside CDCR

FEATURED STORIES

Woman and girl walk in front of pumpkins with prison walls in the background.
Folsom Women’s Facility inmates spend day with their kids

Folsom Women’s Facility inmates had the chance to spend the day with their children in a setting designed to strengthen the mother and child bond and allow for an environment not typically experienced behind the walls of a prison.

VIDEOS

Cultural group embraces history through music and tradition

For a cultural group at California State Prison, Solano (SOL), the voices of ancestors are still heard today, preserved through music and kinship.


Men in uniforms talk to kids.
Fresno parole agents encourage kids to ‘stay drug free’

October’s Red Ribbon Week rally at Riverview Elementary School in Fresno found two parole agents addressing the students about the dangers of drugs.

Woman speaks to room full of people.
Q&A with Undersecretary Kathleen Allison

Since starting in 1987, Undersecretary Kathleen Allison has seen a lot of changes and has had an impact on the department. As she looks at retirement, she hopes to continue making a difference in the community.

ABOVE THE CALL

Photos of a scarred head, a woman and man smiling, a crushed car and a helicopter at an accident scene.
Calipatria prison employee saves coworker in wreck

In the early morning hours on Friday, Sept. 6, the lives of two individuals would be drastically changed.

A man in uniform stands beside another man who is wearing a lanyard.
Four employees render aid to crash victim

On Oct. 23, while driving toward California Correctional Institution (CCI), four CDCR employees came up on a car accident on Highway 202.

Parole Agent stands in front of target at a shooting range.
Parole Agent protects and serves during Gilroy shooting

When the popular Gilroy Garlic Festival was winding down, and volunteers looked forward to ending their long day in the hot summer sun, shots rang out. One CDCR employee was already at the festival, in his gear, helping other agencies provide security.

BEYOND THE BADGE

Woman speaks to room full of people.
Q&A with Undersecretary Kathleen Allison

Since starting in 1987, Undersecretary Kathleen Allison has seen a lot of changes and has had an impact on the department. As she looks at retirement, she hopes to continue making a difference in the community.

Two men stand in a busy building. One is holding a certificate.
CIW Captain helps coworker become U.S. citizen

A casual conversation at a party ended up fulfilling one man’s dream of becoming a U.S. citizen thanks to the help of a Correctional Captain.

Kid and man watch baseball game.
Bigs with Badges fosters friendship, fun, mentorship

Every day, the men and women of CDCR give back to their communities. Captain Chance Andes is no exception. The California Medical Facility Captain spends his spare time volunteering for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sacramento Area (BBBS), spending quality time with his “Little Brother,” Christian.

UNLOCKING HISTORY

Four mugshots and a Folsom Prison gate.
Notorious stagecoach bandits crossed paths with California prisons

This is the story of the choices made by those wearing a badge and the stagecoach robbers fleeing the law. Their paths often crossed again at one of California’s state prisons.

Various photos of three prisons.
Inmates observed Thanksgiving with meals, sports

Since the founding of the state prison system in the early 1850s, inmates have been allowed special concessions during national observances, such as Thanksgiving Day.

Headline says Cooke Snatches Crown from Tamalpais. There is a man sitting behind a steering wheel and an outline of a flight map.
San Quentin was foggy witness to historic 1911 flight

Just eight years after the Wright brothers took their historic 1903 flight in North Carolina, an aviator in California took to the skies for his own record-setting flight. His route included two flyovers of San Quentin State Prison. This is the story of how a letter penned by inmates helped plot the route flown by pioneer pilot Weldon B. Cooke.