Tuesday, June 28, 2016

CDCR is now Accepting Correctional Officer Applications

The Office of Peace Officer Selection (OPOS) is now accepting Correctional Officer applications. The application period will remain open until another 10,000 applications have been received and then pause again while those applications are processed through the written exam, supplemental application and physical fitness test.
By closing and reopening, OPOS is utilizing Lean Six Sigma principles to reduce “work in progress” and create a “pull system” where the right number of candidates are delivered to the initial selection components at the right time to process. The pull system reduces candidate wait time in the process from application to physical fitness test from as long as 10 months down to approximately three months.
With the shorter wait time, it is important candidates begin preparing for the written exam and physical fitness test on the day they apply, or sooner. Links to a sample of the written exam and a description of the PFT and video are available at Selection Components.

For information about the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, please contact the Office of External Affairs at (916) 445-4950.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

CDCR Carries Torch for Special Olympics

Undersecretary to speak on steps of State Capitol

SACRAMENTO— California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Undersecretary Diana Toche will join Sacramento law enforcement agencies for the Law Enforcement Torch Run to celebrate the Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics Summer Games.

Also joining the morning run from CDCR are Assistant Secretary of Communications, Jeffrey Callison, and Fernando Mata and Genoveva Michel of the Division of Adult Parole Operations.
In the evening, Mule Creek State Prison Warden, Joe Lizarraga, will carry the carry the "Flame of Hope" and light the Special Olympics Cauldron.  

CDCR was recognized as the highest fundraising law enforcement agency in 2015 after raising $152,000 statewide to benefit Special Olympics.  Mule Creek State Prison staff and inmates contributed $30,000, making them the highest fundraising CDCR institution.  

Law Enforcement Torch Run and Northern California Summer Games Opening Ceremony
Friday, June 24, 2016
Torch run begins at Beale’s Point at 5:30 a.m.
Ends at the State Capitol at 10 a.m.
Final leg (Sacramento State University to Capitol): 9:30 a.m.
Capitol Speakers: 10-11 a.m.
West Steps, State Capitol
Opening Ceremony/torch lighting: 7 p.m.
UC Davis, 1 Shields Ave., Davis

Monday, June 13, 2016

Death Row Inmate Attacks San Quentin Correctional Officer

June 10, 2016         
           Contact: Sam Robinson (415) 455-5008
           or Terry Thornton (916) 445-4950
Death Row Inmate Attacks San Quentin Correctional Officer
SAN QUENTIN – Condemned inmate Jesse Manzo, 27, attacked a correctional officer at San Quentin State Prison Thursday evening as he was being returned from the shower to his cell.

Investigators at San Quentin have launched a probe into the attack that occurred just after 5 p.m. as the officer was escorting the inmate from the shower in the prison’s East Block Housing Unit. Manzo slipped out of an open handcuff and used it to strike the officer several times.

The officer suffered cuts and wounds and a significant facial injury. The officer was taken to an outside hospital for treatment and is expected to make a full recovery.

The East Block Housing Unit is one of five units in the prison where male inmates on California’s Death Row are housed.

Manzo, a self-admitted gang member, was sentenced to death in Riverside County on Aug. 2, 2013. He was convicted of first-degree murder in the 2008 gang-related hate crime killing of Raymond Franklin. Manzo has been on California’s Death Row since Aug. 12, 2013.

As of May 12, there are 747 inmates on Death Row in California. San Quentin, opened in 1852, is California's oldest correctional institution. The prison houses 4,056 inmates and employs 1,644 people.