Monday, December 30, 2013

CDCR Report on Post-Realignment: Arrest Rates Down and Conviction Rates Static

SACRAMENTO, CA – One-year arrest rates are down and conviction rates are virtually static for offenders released after completing their state prison sentences post-Realignment, according to a report released today by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR).

“The results here are very encouraging, especially when you consider they reflect the very beginning of Realignment, when counties were in the early stages of implementing rehabilitative programs.” said CDCR Secretary Jeff Beard. “As we move forward and both CDCR and the counties utilize state funds to invest more in rehabilitation efforts, I’m confident we will see fewer former inmates re-offending.”

For this Realignment Report, CDCR indentified all offenders who had served their full sentence and were released from prison during the first year after the implementation of Realignment (October 2011 through September 2012). Researchers then tracked the offenders, which include those released to state parole supervision and those released to county probation supervision, for one year to see if they were re-arrested, convicted of a new crime, or returned to state prison. CDCR then compared those results with all offenders released during October 2010 to September 2011 (pre-Realignment) and tracked them for one year in the same manner.

Key findings include:

• Post-Realignment offenders were arrested at a lower rate than pre-Realignment offenders (58.9 percent pre-Realignment and 56.2 percent post-Realignment).

• The rate of post-Realignment offenders convicted of new crimes is nearly the same as the rate of pre-Realignment offenders convicted of new crimes (20.9 percent pre-realignment and 21.0 percent post realignment).

• Post-Realignment offenders returned to prison at a significantly lower rate than pre-Realignment offenders, an intended effect of Realignment as most offenders are ineligible to return to prison on a parole violation. (32.4 percent pre-Realignment and 7.4 percent post-Realignment)

Under California’s Public Safety Realignment Act of 2011 (AB 109), no offenders receive an early release from state prison. The law, which was passed by the Legislature in response to a federal court order to reduce California’s prison population, has achieved dramatic reductions by stemming the flow of low-level inmates and parole violators into prison. The intent of Realignment is to encourage counties to develop and implement evidenced-based practices and alternatives to incarceration to limit future crimes and reduce victimization.

Prior to Realignment, more than 60,000 felon parole violators returned to state prison annually, with an average length of stay of 90 days. Beginning on October 1, 2011, most parole violations are now served in county jails. Also, offenders newly convicted of certain low-level offenses serve their time in county jail. Under another component of Realignment, inmates who have served their full state prison sentence for a non-serious, non-violent or non-sexual offense are now supervised upon their release by county probation rather than state parole.

Realignment provides a dedicated, constitutionally protected, and permanent revenue stream to the counties. To view the full report, go to: http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/Adult_Research_Branch/index.html

To view a fact sheet on Realignment, go to: http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/realignment/docs/Realignment-Fact-Sheet.pdf

Friday, December 20, 2013

CDCR Receives Top Honors for Small Business Program Success

SACRAMENTO – the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) received top honors for doing business with the California Small Business and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (SB/DVBE) community.  Every year the Department of General Services and a team of state agencies recognize top performing SB/DVBE advocates from various state agencies for their contributions to the economy.  The California small business and disabled veteran business program is an executive ordered and legislatively mandated program that requires state agencies to award contracts to California small businesses.

“I encourage small businesses to compete for awards. The team’s hard work and accomplishments are a positive reflection of the contributions CDCR makes to California’s economy.”  Said CDCR Secretary Jeff Beard

Lisa Tacket, SB/DVBE advocate at Kern Valley State Prison (KVSP) was named Advocate of the Year (Gold) for her outstanding commitment to excellence, staff development, and dedication to small business contracting.  During fiscal year 2012-13 the team at KVSP awarded 75 percent of their annual contracts to small businesses and 6.46 percent with disabled veteran owned businesses.  KVSP received California’s distinguished Silver State Agency Recognition Award (SARA) for program excellence.

The California Institution for Men (CIM) received the Silver SARA Award for program excellence.  During fiscal year 2012-13 CIM issued 94 percent of its contracting opportunities to small businesses and 13.81 percent with disabled veteran business enterprises.  Linda Langley, SB/DVBE advocate at Wasco State Prison, was named Advocate of the Year (Bronze) for her effort to prioritize training with staff and for overcoming geographical challenges when contracting with local suppliers. 

For additional information, please call Albert Rivas at (916) 445-4950 or by email at Albert.Rivas@cdcr.ca.gov  


 
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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Peace Officer Job Opportunity - Apply Now

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), Office of Peace Officer Selection (OPOS) encourages interested candidates to consider applying for a rewarding peace officer career.  Peace officer positions provide an extraordinary opportunity to serve in exciting and challenging positions while directly supporting public safety for California.

Established in 1851, the CDCR is one of the largest correctional criminal justice agencies in the country with many rewarding career opportunities.  Specialized peace officer positions include, Investigative Services Unit, Safety Emergency Response Team, Negotiations Management, Crisis Response Team, Gang Task Force, Fugitive Apprehension Team, Parole, and Internal Affairs.

Mostly due to retirement the CDCR plans to fill more than 7,000 peace officer vacancies over the next three years to provide ongoing support to the 34 state prisons, 42 California Conservation Camps, parole, and other special operation teams.  To meet the minimum qualifications, an applicant must be 21 years of age upon graduation from the peace officer academy.  Candidates must have an equivalent to a U.S. high school diploma, general education degree or higher.  Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident that has applied for U.S. citizenship at the time of application.  Individuals will undergo background screening, and must have no hard drug use in the last 10 years, no use of marijuana, and must be legally eligible to possess a firearm.

Cadets receive $3,050 monthly while working to complete academy training and between $3,774 - $6,389 monthly upon completion.  Peace officers are eligible to receive additional monthly compensation for health and fitness, college credits, uniform, and other pay incentives.  New cadets are paid a monthly salary while attending the CDCR Basic Correctional Officer Academy (BCOA). CDCR peace officers are offered very competitive health, dental, vision and retirement benefits.
The following links provide additional information about the application process.

Before You Apply:

Frequently Asked Questions:

APPLY NOW: Applications only accepted online at: www.JoinCDCR.com

Regional Contact Information:

For questions or interest to invite the CDCR, Office of Peace Officer Selections to a Northern, Central, and Southern recruitment fair, please contact the Office of Peace Officer Selections at 1(866) 232-5627 or by email to
recruit@cdcr.ca.gov.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Governor Brown Announces 82nd Annual Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting on December 12th

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the 82nd Annual Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held on Thursday, December 12th on the West Steps of the State Capitol.

This year’s tree is a 55-foot tall white fir from the Latour Demonstration State Forest located near Redding in Shasta County, the second Capitol Christmas tree to come from a state forest.

The tree will be decorated with 500 hand-crafted ornaments made by children and adults with developmental disabilities who receive services and support from the state’s development centers and 21 nonprofit regional centers.

The Governor and First Lady Anne Gust Brown will light the Capitol Christmas tree with eight-year-old Angel Valencia-Ceja, of Vallejo. It will be illuminated by approximately 10,000 ultra-low wattage LED lights.

Kitty O’Neal, of KFBK Radio, will emcee the ceremony, which will also feature performances by the California Army National Guard’s DET 1, 40th Infantry Division Band, Brass Quintet, the Governor’s Own; California Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera; students from the Oakland Military Institute and Oakland School for the Arts; and St. Paul’s Baptist Church Choir.

When: Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 4:30 p.m. (formal program begins at 5:00 p.m.)
Where: California State Capitol, West Steps, Sacramento, CA 95814

**NOTE: This event is open to the public and credentialed media. Members of the public are asked to RSVP and encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to donate to the California Emergency Foodlink.

Parking for satellite trucks will be available on the East side of 10th Street between L and N Streets.

For more information on Angel Valencia-Ceja, please contact Nancy Lungren, California Department of Developmental Services, at nancy.lungren@dds.ca.gov.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Holiday Road Safety: LA Law Enforcement Agressively Launches Avoid 100 DUI Task Force

This holiday season, Police, Sheriff and CHP will be out in force cracking down on drunk drivers throughout the region with aggressive Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement.

From Friday, December 13, 2013, to Wednesday, January 1, 2014, state and local law enforcement will be watching for drunk drivers to help keep roads safe for holiday travelers.

The Avoid the 100 DUI Task Force will be aggressively looking for drunk drivers this holiday season with plans in place for sixty-six DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoints, 201 local roving DUI Saturation Patrols, several Multi-Agency Strike Teams, 14 DUI Warrant/Probation Sweeps and two DUI Court Sting targeting suspended drivers who were ordered by the judge not to drive.

**See attached Schedule of Operations for the 20 Day Mobilization for dates and city***

The Avoid the100 DUI Task Force is giving fair warning to all partygoers. “Our task force will be highly visible during this enforcement period and those suspected of driving while intoxicated will be shown zero tolerance if they are over the limit,” said Glendora Police Chief Rob Castro.

Unfortunately, the excitement and celebrations of the holiday season can lead to terrible decisions-- and serious legal consequences. Data shows that the holiday season is a particularly deadly time due to the increased number of drunk drivers on the roads.

Nationally in the five years from 2007 to 2011 there were 4,169 people killed during the month of December in crashes that involved drivers with Blood Alcohol Concentrations (BAC) of .08% or higher.

In California during those same five Decembers, 505 were killed and thousands seriously injured.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 32,367 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes across the nation in 2011, and 31 percent (9,878) of those fatalities occurred in drunk-driving-related crashes. Californians witnessed a total of 2,835 deaths with 774 killed in DUI crashes on their streets and highways.

“The December holiday season is the ‘most wonderful time of the year,’ and we are going to keep our roads safe for travelers heading to visit friends and family,” said Castro. “This holiday, if you choose to drive drunk, we will be looking for you, we will stop you, and you will be arrested.”

Drunk drivers often face jail time, the loss of their driver’s licenses, higher insurance rates, and dozens of other unanticipated expenses ranging from attorney fees, court costs, car towing and repairs, to lost wages due to time off from work. Even worse, a drunk driver can cause a traffic crash that claims someone’s life, or their own.

Please follow these tips to keep the holidays safe and happy:

· Even one drink can impair your judgment and increase the risk of getting arrested for driving drunk—or worse, the risk of having a crash while driving.

· If you will be drinking, do not plan on driving. Plan ahead; designate a sober driver before the party begins.

· If you have been drinking, do not drive. Call a taxi, phone a sober friend or family member, use public transportation or call one of your local sober ride home programs.

· Be responsible. If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel.

· If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement. Your actions may save someone’s life, and inaction could cost a life.

Remember, it is never safe to drink and drive: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

Avoid the 100 DUI Task Force funding is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that reminds everyone: Report Drunk Drivers! Call 9-1-1.

LOS ANGELES COUNTY WINTER MOBILIZATION ENFORCEMENT SCHEDULE


Friday, December 13
Checkpoint – Avoid the 100 City of Vernon (including LAPD)
Checkpoint – El Monte
Checkpoint – El Segundo
Checkpoint – Montebello
Checkpoint – Alhambra
Checkpoint – CHP East Los Angeles Area
Checkpoint – LAPD Hollywood Area
Checkpoint – LAPD 77th Street Area
Checkpoint – LAPD Rampart Area
Checkpoint – LAPD Northeast Area
Checkpoint – LASD – Pico Rivera
Checkpoint – LASD – West Hollywood
DUI Patrol – Avoid the 100 Multi Agency (Glendora, Azusa, Covina, Irwindale, Pomona, La Verne, and Claremont)
DUI Patrol – Avoid the 100 Multi Agency (El Camino College Police, El Segundo, Gardena, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Inglewood, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Redondo Beach, Torrance)
DUI Patrol – Pasadena

Saturday, December 14
Checkpoint – Avoid the 100 Multi-agency in the city of Bell Gardens (San Gabriel, Downey, Alhambra, Monterey Park, Montebello, Bell Gardens, Whittier)
Checkpoint – Burbank
Checkpoint – Glendale
Checkpoint – Long Beach
Checkpoint – Signal Hill
Checkpoint – Whittier
Checkpoint – LAPD Van Nuys Area
DUI Patrol – Azusa
DUI Patrol – Avoid the 100 Multi Agency (El Camino College Police, El Segundo, Gardena, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Inglewood, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Redondo Beach, Torrance)
DUI Patrol – Redondo Beach
DUI Patrol – CHP West Valley Area
DUI Patrol – LAPD Southwest Area

Sunday, December 15
Checkpoint – Claremont
Checkpoint – Huntington Park
Tuesday, December 17
DUI Patrol - Glendora

Thursday, December 19
Checkpoint – LAPD Northeast Area
Checkpoint – LAPD Olympic Area
Checkpoint – LASD Lynwood
Checkpoint – LASD Malibu
DUI Patrol – Signal Hill
DUI Patrol – LAPD Hollywood Area

Friday, December 20
Checkpoint – Avoid the 100 Multi Agency City of Hawthorne (including LAPD)
Checkpoint – Azusa
Checkpoint – Hawthorne
Checkpoint – Huntington Park
Checkpoint – Inglewood
Checkpoint – La Verne
Checkpoint – Pasadena
Checkpoint – Pomona
Checkpoint – Redondo Beach
Checkpoint – Santa Monica
Checkpoint – CHP West Los Angeles Area
Checkpoint – CHP Santa Fe Springs Area
Checkpoint – CHP South Los Angeles Area
Checkpoint – LAPD Hollywood Area
Checkpoint – LAPD Van Nuys Area
Checkpoint – LASD Bellflower
Checkpoint – LASD Palmdale
DUI Patrol – Avoid the 100 Multi Agency (Arcadia, West Covina, Baldwin Park School Police, El Monte, Monrovia, and Sierra Madre)
DUI Patrol – Avoid the 100 Multi Agency (San Gabriel, Downey, Alhambra, Monterey Park, Montebello, Bell Gardens, Whittier)
DUI Patrol – Avoid the 100 Multi Agency (El Camino College Police, El Segundo, Gardena, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Inglewood, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Redondo Beach, Torrance)
DUI Patrol – Pomona

Saturday, December 21
Checkpoint – Avoid the 100 Multi-agency in Covina (Glendora, Azusa, Covina, Irwindale, Pomona, La Verne, Claremont, ABC, CHP Probation and LAPD)
Checkpoint – Avoid the 100 Multi-agency in Arcadia (Arcadia, West Covina, Baldwin Park School Police, El Monte, Sierra Madre)
Checkpoint – Avoid the 100 Multi Agency City of Huntington Park (Including LAPD)
Checkpoint – El Monte
Checkpoint – South Pasadena
Checkpoint – CHP Altadena Area
Checkpoint – CHP Baldwin Park Area
Checkpoint – LAPD North Hollywood Area
Checkpoint – LAPD 77th Street Area

DUI Patrol – Avoid the 100 Multi Agency (Glendale, Pasadena, South Pasadena, San Marino, San Fernando, Burbank)

DUI Patrol – Avoid the 100 Multi Agency (San Gabriel, Downey, Alhambra, Monterey Park, Montebello, Bell Gardens, Whittier)

DUI Patrol – Avoid the 100 Multi Agency (El Camino College Police, El Segundo, Gardena, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Inglewood, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Redondo Beach, Torrance)

DUI Patrol – Long Beach
DUI Patrol – Redondo Beach
DUI Patrol – Whittier

Sunday, December 22
DUI Patrol – LAPD Hollenbeck Area
DUI Patrol – LAPD Devonshire Area
DUI Patrol – LAPD 77th Street Area


Tuesday, December 24

MEP (Maximum Enforcement Period) – CHP Southern Division (beginning at 6:01 p.m.)

Wednesday, December 25
MEP (Maximum Enforcement Period) – CHP Southern Division

Friday, December 27
Checkpoint – El Monte
Checkpoint – Hawthorne
Checkpoint – Pasadena (tentative)
Checkpoint – San Gabriel
Checkpoint – LAPD 77th Street Area
Checkpoint – LAPD West Valley Area
Checkpoint – LASD Industry

DUI Patrol – Avoid the 100 Multi Agency (Glendora, Azusa, Covina, Irwindale, Pomona, La Verne, and Claremont)

DUI Patrol – Avoid the 100 Multi Agency (Arcadia, West Covina, Baldwin Park School Police, El Monte, Monrovia, Sierra Madre)

DUI Patrol – Avoid the 100 Multi Agency (Glendale, Pasadena, South Pasadena, San Marino, San Fernando, Burbank)

DUI Patrol – Avoid the 100 Multi Agency (El Camino College Police, El Segundo, Gardena, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Inglewood, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Redondo Beach, Torrance)

Saturday, December 28
Checkpoint – Arcadia
Checkpoint – San Gabriel
Checkpoint – Whittier

DUI Patrol – Signal Hill

Checkpoint – LAPD Devonshire Area
Checkpoint – LAPD Central Area
Checkpoint – LAPD Hollywood Area

DUI Patrol – Avoid the 100 Multi Agency (Glendale, Pasadena, South Pasadena, San Marino, San Fernando, Burbank)

DUI Patrol – Avoid the 100 Multi Agency (El Camino College Police, El Segundo, Gardena, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Inglewood, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Redondo Beach, Torrance)


DUI Patrol – Long Beach
DUI Patrol – Redondo Beach
DUI Patrol – CHP South Los Angeles Area
DUI Patrol – LAPD West Valley

Sunday, December 29
DUI Patrol – Avoid the 100 Multi Agency (El Camino College Police, El Segundo, Gardena, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Inglewood, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Redondo Beach, Torrance)

Monday, December 30
DUI Patrol – Avoid the 100 Multi Agency (El Camino College Police, El Segundo, Gardena, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Inglewood, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Redondo Beach, Torrance)

Tuesday, December 31
MEP (Maximum Enforcement Period) – CHP Southern Division (beginning at 6:01 pm)

DUI Patrol – Avoid the 100 Multi Agency (El Camino College Police, El Segundo,
Gardena, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Inglewood, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Redondo Beach, Torrance)

DUI Patrol – Arcadia
DUI Patrol – LASD Bellflower

Wednesday, January 1
MEP (Maximum Enforcement Period) – CHP Southern Division

Funding for the “Avoid” program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

For additional information, please contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department at the following:
Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau - Newsroom
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
(323) 267-4800
Email: SHBNewsroom@lasd.org
Website: http://www.lasd.org

Three-Judge Court Extends Meet-and-Confer Deadline

Today the Three-Judge Court released an update regarding the meet-and-confer process.  The courts agreed to extend the meet-and-confer process to January 10, 2014.  As a result,  the deadline to achieve the ordered reduction in population is extended accordingly, to April 18, 2014.  The extension will provide additional time for the parties involved to determine next steps for California’s criminal justice reforms.  The following statement was released by the CDCR. 

We are encouraged that the court has extended these deadlines and we will continue our efforts both with the court and with our partners in law enforcement and local government to build upon California’s landmark reforms to our criminal justice system.

DEBORAH HOFFMAN, Assistant Secretary, Communications, CDCR

To request a copy of the court decision, please email your request to Albert.Rivas@cdcr.ca.gov or phone (916) 445-4950.


Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Federal judge orders improved conditions for mentally ill death row inmates
Sam Stanton and Denny Walsh, The Sacramento Bee
 

A federal judge in Sacramento ordered state prison officials Tuesday to continue working to improve treatment for seriously mentally ill inmates on San Quentin’s death row, but did not give inmates’ attorneys sweeping changes in the care of their clients.
 

Richard Tuite Gets Another Day in Court
Eric S. Page and Rory Devine, NBC 7 San Diego 

*Note, CDCR does NOT determine sentencing of an offender or whether he/she is required to be placed on parole. CDCR implements California state laws on sentencing and post-release monitoring, it is not based on CDCR’s discretion.** 

Richard Tuite, the man convicted of killing 12-year-old Stephanie Crowe, then found not guilty in a retrial last week, is still behind bars but had another day in court on Tuesday.
CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Are California's prison isolation units torture?
Alastair Leithead BBC News, Los Angeles
 

California, the most populous state in the US, holds some inmates of its overcrowded prisons in isolation for years, even decades. While officials defend the use of the "security housing units", inmates and their lawyers say they turn their occupants mad.

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

Desert Hot Springs robbery investigation nets one arrest

Colin Atagi, The Desert Sun
 

DESERT HOT SPRINGS — A man was arrested Dec. 4 as part of an investigation into a robbery, police said Tuesday.

REALIGNMENT

Dan Walters: Realignment has reduced California prison population, but what about other effects?
Dan Walters, The Sacramento Bee

Two years ago, under intense pressure from federal judges to reduce overcrowding in state prisons, Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature enacted “realignment,” diverting low-level felons into local jails, supervision and, it was hoped, rehabilitation.


CDCR RELATED


The Death Penalty is a “Penalty”
Joel Fox, Fox & Hounds
 

An effort to bring back a functioning death sentence for certain capitol crimes may find its way on next November’s ballot. Law enforcement officials around the state are considering supporting a ballot initiative to streamline death sentence appeals and find an execution method acceptable to the courts.

Pilot Program Helps Rural Georgia Probationers Stay Out Of Prison
Adam Ragusea, GPB News
 

In Sandersville, trucks on the road are caked in red Georgia clay, kaolin mining is the top industry, and some of the government services that people in larger communities enjoy just aren’t available.

Implement compassionate release, San Diego County
San Diego City Beat

In May, CityBeat associate editor Kelly Davis wrote about Robin Reid, a woman with terminal cancer who’d been sentenced to four years in jail on charges stemming from her erotic-massage business. Reid had been granted a “special” sentence by the District Attorney’s office: She was jailed Mondays through Wednesdays and allowed to leave Thursday mornings to receive chemotherapy.


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Peace Officer Career Opportunities – Join the Team

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), Office of Peace Officer Selection (OPOS) encourages interested candidates to consider applying for a rewarding peace officer career.  Peace officer positions provide an extraordinary opportunity to serve in exciting and challenging positions while directly supporting public safety for California.

Established in 1851, the CDCR is one of the largest correctional criminal justice agencies in the country with many rewarding career opportunities.  Specialized peace officer positions include, Investigative Services Unit, Safety Emergency Response Team, Negotiations Management, Crisis Response Team, Gang Task Force, Fugitive Apprehension Team, Parole, and Internal Affairs.

Mostly due to retirement the CDCR plans to fill more than 7,000 peace officer vacancies over the next three years to provide ongoing support to the 34 state prisons, 42 California Conservation Camps, parole, and other special operation teams.  To meet the minimum qualifications, an applicant must be 21 years of age upon graduation from the peace officer academy.  Candidates must have an equivalent to a U.S. high school diploma, general education degree or higher.  Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident that has applied for U.S. citizenship at the time of application.  Individuals will undergo background screening, and must have no hard drug use in the last 10 years, no use of marijuana, and must be legally eligible to possess a firearm.

Cadets receive $3,050 monthly while working to complete academy training and between $3,774 - $6,389 monthly upon completion.  Peace officers are eligible to receive additional monthly compensation for health and fitness, college credits, uniform, and other pay incentives.  A peace officer career includes excellent benefits for retirement, health, dental, and vision.

Regional Contact Information:
For questions or interest to invite the CDCR, Office of Peace Officer Selections to a Northern, Central, and Southern recruitment faire, please contact the Office of Peace Officer Selections at 1(866) 232-5627 or by email to recruit@cdcr.ca.gov.

The following links provide additional information about the application process.

Before You Apply:

Frequently Asked Questions:
To Apply: Applications only accepted online at: www.joincdcr.com



Thursday, December 5, 2013

CDCR AND SESAME STREET PARTNER TO SUPPORT YOUNG CHILDREN WITH AN INCARCERATED PARENT

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) along with the Sesame Workshop have partnered to help support young children process the array of emotions when a life-changing circumstance occurs and a parent becomes incarcerated.  

The CDCR is one of ten Departments selected within the United States to pilot the initiative and will help support families by making available parent education toolkits during family visits.  Nationally, the number of children with an incarcerated parent has increased nearly 80% in the past 20 years with nearly 2.7 million children affected by an incarcerated parent.

Sesame Workshop is working with advisors and partners to distribute and integrate Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration resources into organizations that specialize in early childhood education, mental health and counseling, parenting programs, foster care, and community partners that have a mission specific to helping families cope with the incarceration of a loved one.  Participating states that will pilot a deeper implementation of the resources includes Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

The Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration Initiative provides children with the tools and information to express emotions.  For parents or caregivers the toolkit includes resources to work through and foster age-appropriate positive communication about the impacts of incarceration.

The initiative is designed to address some of the most difficult emotions children experience when a family member is incarcerated.  The program helps to foster much needed support, comfort, and aims to reduce anxiety, sadness, and the confusion that children age 3-8 may experience when a parent is incarcerated.

With an understanding that parents, as well as, caregivers require strategies, tips and educational resources, this initiative will help break down communication barriers while providing helpful tools that will help children communicate using simple parenting tips to lead effective communication related to incarceration.

Little Children, Big Challenges is designed to:

·         Support, comfort, and reduce anxiety, sadness, and confusion that young children experience during the incarceration of a parent

·         Provide at-home caregivers with strategies, tips, and age-appropriate language they can use to help communicate with their children about incarceration

·         Inform incarcerated parents themselves that they can parent from anywhere, and provide them with the simple parents tips highlighting the importance of communication

“Sesame Workshop has always been at the forefront of creating resources for families with young children to help address some of life’s most difficult issues,” said Dr. Jeanette Betancourt, Senior Vice President for Outreach and Educational Practices at Sesame Workshop. “Little Children, Big Challenge: Incarceration tackles a very difficult topic, one for which there are scant resources to help young children, and best of all, it approaches these difficult transitions in the way that only Sesame Street and our trusted Muppets can.”

Youtube: Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDUdniEig38

To request a parent education toolkit or for additional information about the Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration Initiative, please call Albert Rivas at (916) 324-6508 or by email at
cal_externalaffairs@cdcr.ca.gov 

En Espanol:
Niños pequeños, retos grandes: Encarcelamiento

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

CDCR and California Leaders Partner to Keep Kids Warm

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), California State Assemblymember Richard Pan (AD 09), Council Member Bonnie Pannell, City Council District 8, and the Correctional Workers Who Care (CWWC) have teamed up this holiday season to host the 2nd Annual Meadowview Holiday Festival on December 14, 2013 from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM.  During the event derserving youth ages 0-17 will receive a hand knit scarf or hat produced by the Hook & Needles Groups at Folsom State Prison and Folsom Women’s Facility, CDCR.

Please consider to donate any color or textured skein of yarn.  More than 300 skeins are required to ensure every child that attends the event leaves with a warm winter scarf or hat.  Donated yarn is accepted through December 6, 2013. 

Pink collection bins are located at the following locations:

Yarn Collection Sites:
1515 “S” Street
Sacramento, CA 95811
South Building - Lobby


9838 Old Placerville Road
Sacramento, CA 95827
Main Reception Desk - Lobby

10961 Sun Center Drive
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
Main Entrance - Lobby

10000 Goethe Road
Sacramento, CA 95827
Building B - First Floor Lobby
On behalf of the CDCR and local families, thank you for your thoughtful contribution.  For questions about making a donation or attending the event, please call Albert Rivas at
(916) 324-6508 or call Diane Shepherd at (916) 358-1550.

Friday, October 25, 2013

100 San Diego County Offenders Join the CDCR Conservation Camp Program

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and San Diego County finalized a contract earlier this month that will allow the county to house some of its inmates in the state’s fire camps.

“This agreement with San Diego County is a win for everyone,” CDCR Secretary Jeff Beard said. “Housing county offenders in conservation camps will provide additional space to the county, contribute to the state’s trained firefighting workforce, protect public safety and provide rehabilitation.”

Up to 100 San Diego County offenders will join the approximately 4,000 other inmates participating in CDCR’s Conservation Camp program. Since 1946, able-bodied inmates in the program have helped with fire suppression and other emergencies, such as floods and earthquakes. Only low-level offenders, both male and female, may participate.

According to the contract, San Diego County will pay the state $46.19 per inmate per day, which covers housing and supervision costs by CDCR as well as the costs of training by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention (CAL FIRE). CDCR jointly manages 39 adult and juvenile camps with CAL FIRE and five adult camps with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

In an average year, the fire crews provide more than 2.5 million hours of emergency response work and save taxpayers more than $100 million annually. The crews are available year-round and respond to wildfires, floods, heavy snows, search and rescue operations, earthquakes and other emergencies.

By OPEC Staff

Monday, October 21, 2013

Three Judge Court Extends Deadlines

The United States District Courts composed of Three Judges for the Eastern and Northern District Court recently ordered the parties in the Ralph Coleman, et al., v. Edmund G. Brown Jr., et al., and Marciano Plata, et al., v. Edmund G. Brown Jr., et al., to a meet-and-confer process. The deadline to report on the informal and confidential process facilitated by Honorable Peter Siggins is extended to November 18, 2013.

The deadline was also extended to achieve the Three Judge Court ordered reduction in prison population to 137.5 percent capacity by February 24, 2014.  For additional information or a copy of the court order, please call Albert Rivas at (916) 324-6508 or email cal_externalaffairs@cdcr.ca.gov.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Secretary Beard: Statement on Extension for Prison Capacity Compliance

The State of California files a request for an extension to the Three Judge Court ruling that requires a reduction in prison population by December 31, 2013. The following statement was released by Secretary Jeffrey A. Beard, Ph.D. in response to the filing.

“We are hopeful that the federal judges will recognize the many steps the state has already taken to improve health care and reduce the inmate population in our prisons as well as the significant steps we are embarking upon with our partners in the criminal justice system to achieve further lasting solutions, and that they will grant an extension to their deadline.

An extension will allow us to develop some in-state capacity before the end of the year and to begin initiatives approved in SB 105 which will reduce recidivism, promote public safety, and help divert inmates from our state prisons. Without an extension, these important initiatives will be delayed as the state will have to move forward with a capacity-only option in order to fully comply with the court-ordered population cap without releasing inmates early.”

To view a copy of the state filing, please visit http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/News/3_judge_panel_decision.html  or submit a request for an electronic copy to Albert.Rivas@cdcr.ca.gov

Monday, September 9, 2013

Governor Brown and Legislative Members Reach Agreement: California Prison Plan

Today, the Governor and Legislative leaders reached a decisive agreement on amendments to Senate Bill 105 that would allow the state to meet a December 31, 2013 federal court order by reducing California’s prison population to 137.5 percent of capacity.  The measure will avoid the early release of thousands of prisoners while keeping public safety a top priority. 
The amendments include, but are not limited to: 
Authorize up to $315 million in immediate in-state and out-of-state capacity.  Provide a foundation for long-term change to the criminal justice system through collaborative efforts with the Legislature and stakeholders.  Furthermore, AB 105 seeks to strengthen local efforts (SB 678) by increasing the amount of funding for probation departments when serving felony probationers locally and working to reduce recidivism.  To review the bill language that was sent to the Office of Legislative Counsel, please visit: http://gov.ca.gov/docs/SB_105.pdf
For additional information, please call Albert Rivas at (916) 324-6508 or email Albert.Rivas@CDCR.ca.gov 

Friday, August 30, 2013

Governor Announces New Legislation: Protecting Public Safety

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., Assemblymember Speaker John Perez, Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff and Assemblymember Republican Leader Connie Conway announced a new bill that aims to comply with federal court order by further reducing the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) prison population to 137.5 percent of capacity.  The United States Supreme Court ordered California to reduce the prison population by 10,000 offenders by December 31, 2013.

The Governor's plan provides for immediate and long term solutions that will expand prison capacity while preventing early release of inmates.  Additionally, the legislation provides approval for Secretary Jeffrey Beard, CDCR to lease out-of-state and in-state prison bed space, allows for lease agreements with county jails, and will authorize contract agreements with community corrections facilities.  To learn more about the Governor’s plan, please visit: http://www.gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=18176

Monday, July 29, 2013

CDCR to Receive Top Honors at GTC West

On August 21, 2013 during the 2013 Government Technology Conference (GTC) West, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), Enterprise Information Services (EIS) team will receive top honors for launching the Best Application Serving an Agency’s Business Needs.  The CDCR successfully developed and implemented the Strategic Offender Management System (SOMS) in 2009.  The project helped to automate and streamline information sharing by consolidating more than 40 offender database systems. 
Additionally, the CDCR representatives will receive the events most distinguished award for the Best Application Serving the Public.  The CDCR developed and implemented an innovative appointment system to allow visitors of inmates to create an appointment time electronically to access visiting areas.  The project helped create an efficient and expeditious visiting process that offers maximum visiting time.
For registration and event information, please visit the GTC West website at http://www.govtech.com/events/GTC-West-2013.html or call Albert Rivas at
(916) 324-6508.

Friday, July 26, 2013

CDCR Announces Appointment of Ms. Arlene Sakazaki to Associate Director, Office of Business Services

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) today announced the appointment of Ms. Arlene Sakazaki to the position of Associate Director, Office of Business Services (OBS). 

Ms. Sakazaki was welcomed by the OBS team on July 15, 2013 and joined the CDCR after serving with the Department of Health Care Services (CDHCS) as the Chief of the Provider Rate Section.  Arlene's experience includes serving as the DHCS Business Services Unit Chief and as Budget Chief for the California Department of Aging.
Ms. Sakazaki’s extensive background in Business Services will compliment the team well.  Her responsibilities include providing subject matter expertise; developing, implementing, and enforcing compliance with contracting, procurement, and business services policies statewide.  She is also responsible for interpreting and applying State contracting laws, rules, regulations, legislative and legal mandates, and policies and procedures for the CDCR contracts and procurements.
Please join the CDCR in welcoming Ms. Sakazaki to the Department.  For additional information, please contact Albert Rivas, Deputy Chief (A), Office of External Affairs at (916) 324-6508.


Friday, July 19, 2013

Public Safety Officials Join Forces to Move 66,000 lbs

Public Safety leaders and Special Olympic athletes join forces during the annual Power Pull event on July 20, 2013 in Santa Clara.  The event is all about brute strength and team work. Fifteen person teams with lots of heart will each be joined by one Special Olympics athlete and together they will pull both a Central Concrete Truck weighing 38,000 lbs and a Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety Fire Truck weighing 66,000 lbs. The FASTEST team to pull the trucks a total of 20 feet wins and receives special award. For event information, please visit: http://sonc.org/events/our-fundraisers/power-pull-californias-great-america



CDCR Files Court Ordered Progress Report

Pursuant to court order, the State of California filed a progress report on July 18, 2013 that details steps to comply with the Three Judge Panel request to reduce California’s prison population to 137.5 percent of design capacity by December 31, 2013.  The Department successfully reduced the prison population to 149.4 percent or 25,071 inmates during October 2011 with the implementation of the public safety realignment plan under Assembly Bill 109.
The CDCR progress report includes an assessment of non-serious, non-violent, non-sex offense populations in the system (9,077), and concluded that of this population, only 1,205 are defined as having low risk to recidivate.  The progress report provides details about compliance measures such as, admitting inmates to the California Health Care Facility in Stockton, expanding fire camp capacity, increasing prison credits, expanding criteria for medical parole, new parole process for low-risk elderly inmates, slowing the rate of returning inmates to California, pursue contracts with counties that have available jail capacity, and development of a court-ordered early release system. 
CDCR released the following statement:
“The filing today is a progress report about steps we are taking to develop the court-ordered measures to reduce the prison population. We have urged the Supreme Court to halt the lower court’s attempt to force early releases because they would unnecessarily jeopardize public safety, and are not needed given the quality medical and mental health care that inmates already receive.” 
For questions, please call the CDCR, Office of External Affairs at (916) 445-8492.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

SANTA BARBARA – Police Department invites local community members to coffee.  Meet with a cop over coffee and share ideas or concerns.  A series of informal meetings will take place throughout Santa Barbara.  Each one is designed to create an opportunity for open discussion with an officer about local matters and to discuss the quality of life.
The next coffee with a cop is planned for Tuesday, July 30, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM at the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, 3052 De La Vina Street (State & De La Vina).
For additional information or questions, please contact Sergeant Riley L. Harwood, SBPD Community & Media Relations at (805) 897-2320 or by email at rharwood@sbpd.com

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is pleased to welcome Mr. Kenneth Pogue to the position of Assistant Secretary, Office of Legislation, effective August 19, 2013.
Mr. Pogue served as deputy attorney general at the California Department of Justice since 1999.  His experience also includes serving as associate attorney at the Law Offices of Porter Scott Weiberg and Delehant from 1997 to 1999.  He served with the Law Office of Robert Tronvig in 1997 and was a contract district attorney in the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office in 1996.  He earned his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. 
Please join the CDCR team in welcoming Mr. Pogue. 

Thursday, July 11, 2013

California State Senate Confirms CDCR Secretary Dr. Jeffrey Beard

SACRAMENTO — The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) today announced that CDCR Secretary Dr. Jeffrey Beard, 66, was confirmed by the California Senate with a 23-6 vote

Beard has served as acting CDCR Secretary since being appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in December 2012.

“I am honored to be working for the people of California and the Brown Administration, said Secretary Beard. “I am committed to ensuring California’s prison system holds offenders accountable, provides safe and secure facilities for staff as well as inmates, and expands innovative rehabilitative programs. I will continue to work  with local law enforcement to make California’s Public Safety Realignment Law a success and look forward to California getting out from under costly federal court oversight and regaining full control of its prison system.” For complete details please visit:
California Legislature Appoints CDCR Secretary Dr. Jeffrey Beard

CDCR Releases Mass Hunger Strike Information

SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is responding to a mass hunger strike disturbance by thousands of inmates in several correctional facilities. As of today, 12,421 inmates in 24 state prisons and four out-of-state contract facilities have missed nine consecutive meals since Monday, July 8, 2013. An inmate is considered to be on a hunger strike after he has missed nine consecutive meals.

For additional information, please visit the following link:

CDCR Releases Mass Hunger Strike Information

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Governor Brown Signs 2013-14 Budget

Office of the Governor
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Governor's Press Office
Thursday, June 27, 2013
(916) 445-4571

Governor Brown Signs 2013-14 Budget

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today signed a balanced, on-time budget that directs additional resources to California’s neediest students and continues the implementation of federal health care reform, while continuing to pay down debt and build a significant reserve to prepare for future uncertainties.

The budget is projected to provide long-term fiscal balance with operating surpluses.

“California’s finances are in very solid shape for the first time in a decade,” said Governor Brown, “We’re making significant investments in the things Californians care most about – the education of our children and adequate health care.”

The budget builds on significant progress in chipping away at the state’s “Wall of Debt.” This year’s budget commits $2.6 billion to continue to pay down budgetary borrowing of prior years. From its peak of $34.7 billion at the end of 2010-11, the outstanding debt is $26.9 billion at the end of 2012-13; under the budget signed today that will be paid down to $4.7 billion over the next four fiscal years.

When Governor Brown was elected in 2010, the state budget deficit was $26.6 billion. Today, California has a budget surplus and general fund spending stands at $96.3 billion. The budget act signed today also establishes a budget reserve of $1.1 billion.

Significant Details of the 2013-14 State Budget:

Historic School Funding Reform
The budget adds $2.1 billion for first-year implementation of the Local Control Funding Formula – which replaces today’s overly complex, inefficient and inequitable finance system for California’s K-12 schools. Districts will receive a per-pupil base grant, a supplemental grant based upon the number of students who are English learners, students from low-income families and foster youth and a concentration grant for districts with over 55 percent of this targeted population.

Implementing Health Care Reform
Building on California’s early establishment of a health benefit exchange and the early coverage expansion through the “Bridge to Reform” waiver, the budget aligns with the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) in a prudent way while maintaining a strong public safety net. The budget enacts a state-based approach to the optional expansion of care allowed under federal law. Over time, as the ACA becomes fully operative, funding previously provided to counties for indigent health will be shifted to fund human services programs.

Multi-Year Funding Plan for Higher Education
The budget establishes the first-year investment in a multi-year stable funding plan for the University of California and the California State University systems. Each system will receive a 5 percent increase of $125.1 million  the first stage of a four-year funding schedule that will result in a 20 percent general fund increase for the systems. The systems will also receive $125 million in 2013-14 for not increasing student tuition and fees in 2012-13. The budget also provides a year-over-year increase of $228.6 million in general fund dollars and local property taxes for California Community Colleges.

Investing in Energy Efficiency
The budget invests significantly in improving energy efficiency at California’s K-12 schools and community colleges by directing $381 million in Proposition 39 funds to K-12 schools and $47 million for community colleges.

Additional details on the 2013-14 budget, including line-item vetoes, can be found at www.ebudget.ca.gov.


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Friday, June 14, 2013

Sobriety and Driver License Checkpoint Notification

The City of Sacramento Police Department plans to host a Sobriety and License Checkpoint in Sacramento on Del Paso Boulevard.  The checkpoint will help to save lives and increase public safety.  This type of event reduces the number of preventable deaths involving motor vehicles or motorcycles with at least one motorist having a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or higher.  In 2011, nearly 10,000 individuals were killed in the United States by a drunk driver.  In California, 774 deaths were reported due to alcohol related traffic incidents.

Sobriety checkpoints help to significantly reduce the number of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) related deaths.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that checkpoints provide the most effective documented result of any DUI enforcement strategies and help to produce cost savings.

For complete details about the Sacramento Police Department Sobriety and Driver License Checkpoint Notification, please visit the following link:
http://www.sacpd.org/newsroom/releases/liveview.aspx?release_id=20130613-088

Friday, May 31, 2013


Secretary Dr. Jeffrey Beard, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation invites you to join the Special Olympics of Northern California & Nevada for the Fourth Annual Bike the Bridges event on June 9, 2013.  The event will take place from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM in the City of Martinez.

Riders will select from a 25, 55, and 100 mile course with the start/finish line located at Waterfront Park. Cyclists will cross the scenic Carquinez and Martinez bridge.  Funds raised during the event directly support more than 16,000 Special Olympic athletes as they compete during annual sporting events.  During 2012 the Bike the Bridges event raised more than $62,000 to eliminate costs for local families with participating athletes in ongoing Special Olympic events.
 
Registration fee to include lunch, entertainment, and prizes.  For event information and registration, please call Albert Rivas at (916) 324-6508 or by email at: Albert.Rivas@CDCR.ca.gov

Complete Bike the Bridges event registration and details located at: http://www.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1057429

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Please Join the CALPIA for a Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting Event

The California Prison Industry Authority and California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Office of Correctional Safety invite you to attend the grand opening and ribbon cutting for the Emergency Operations Training Center on Thursday, May 23, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Green Valley Training Center 995 Folsom Lake Crossing, Folsom 95630.

Attendees will have an opportunity to view CALPIA's latest development in modular building solutions that are designed to support emergency incident management teams.  For complete details, please visit: http://www.calpia.ca.gov/pdf/Public_Affairs/2013-May/Emergency-Operations-Training.pdf

Friday, May 3, 2013

Press release from the California State Association of Counties

Read more about the California State Association of Counties statement released today in response to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation filing a plan to further reduce the prison population in accordance with a court order.

http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/News/docs/3JP-May-2013/Finigan-Statement-CDCR-Filing-50313.pdf

Press release from the Chief Probation Officers of California


Chief Probation Offices of California Responds to Governor Brown's Filing of the Prison Population Reduction Plan.  To read more please visit the following link:
http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/News/docs/3JP-May-2013/CPOC-Responds-to-Filing-of-Prison-Population-Reduc-Plan.pdf