Saturday, June 24, 2017

CDCR recognizes Northern California Construction Training Graduates

Secretary Scott Kernan attends Northern California
 Construction Training Graduation


Sacramento – Secretary Scott Kernan attended the 2017 Northern California Construction Training program in Rancho Cordova to help recognize 150 program graduates preparing for careers in the building industry.

“This milestone is quite significant for the graduates – your families and friends. For up to 12 months, you have worked very hard and dedicated many hours to master technical and other skills that will prepare you for a better future.

“I commend you on your academic success, and for investing in your future. I also encourage you to use your training to succeed in your chosen career,” Secretary Kernan said.

Established in November 1993, Northern CaliforniaConstruction Training, Inc. is a building trade pre-apprenticeship training program that helps prepare men and women for entry into various construction apprenticeship programs.

The training program is open to anyone. However, through a partnership with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, dozens of the graduates are former prison inmates.

“Our partnership with CDCR has been rewarding for both of us and has helped bridged the gap between incarceration and productive members of the communities,” President Bill Meehan of Northern California Training and Construction said.


“I commend you on your academic success, and for investing in your future. I also encourage you to use your training to succeed in your chosen career,” Secretary Kernan said.

The program provides students with an opportunity to gain construction skills and build a successful career.

“Northern California Construction Training program gives people hope for a better future,” said Dave Gordon, Superintendent of the Sacramento County Office of Education.

During his remarks, he highlighted several graduates for their academic success, and recognized Sacramento County Chief Probation Officer Lee Seale for the collaboration with his department that has contributed to significant program expansions.


Left to right Dave Gordon, Superintendent, Sacramento County Office of 

Education, William (Bill) Meehan, President, Northern California 
Construction and Training, and Scott Kernan, Secretary, 
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

The program may take between six and 12 months to complete, with instruction delivered by credentialed teacher-trainers who are experienced in the construction field.

During the program, students receive unpaid training in the classroom as well as hands-on building experience in construction trades and work under the supervision of a journeyman carpenter. 


Students receive hands-on building experience in construction trades and 
work under the supervision of a journeyman carpenter.

During the program, students also learn how to use the skills and training they learned in the program to build small houses to provide transitional housing for homeless, or by contributing to a single-family home construction project in Oak Park.


Students with the Northern California Construction Training program 
contribute to a home construction project in Oak Park

When students successfully complete the training program, they are offered an opportunity to join the construction trades apprenticeship training program.

Many potential construction workers are not aware of the career opportunities available to them.



Northern California Construction Training provides classroom and
fieldwork experience to prepare graduates for a rewarding career.

This is especially true for women and diverse communities. The program was designed to make well-paying careers in construction available to anyone with the desire to complete the program and participate in apprenticeship training.

Northern California Construction Training has served thousands of students in adult programs, in-custody jail program, juvenile/youth programs, probation/parolee programs and ROP high school program.

The program and curriculum were approved by Sacramento County Office of Education.


“This is an opportunity to get a career and totally change my life. 
That’s what NCCT has meant for me,” Brooks said.

During the event, Jotham Brooks received more than a certificate program completion – he also received keys to a truck which program staff helped him secure as he moves from homelessness to a successful career.

Each year, NCCT receives a donated vehicle, repairs and registers it, and awards it to a deserving graduate.


The following is a video taken moments after Jotham received his new vehicle. http://www.scoe.net/News/Pages/2017/june/12ncct.aspx


Construction Management Technologies, and
pre-apprenticeship training program will qualify graduates
to join construction trade union.



Nearly 85% of this year’s graduates have been placed in
construction trade jobs. In addition, 17 students have earned
their high school equivalency (GED or HiSet) certificates.


More than 150 graduates will transition into
professional construction trade careers.

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

Thursday, June 15, 2017

CDCR Is Hiring Academic Teachers, Library Staff, and Career Technical Instructors!

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is hiring for specific classifications in correctional education. These rewarding jobs will provide learning and training opportunities to inmates within each prison to help with the rehabilitation of inmates and prepare them to successfully transition back into the community.

The Office of Correctional Education (OCE) is part of CDCR’s Division of Rehabilitative Programs. The OCE offers various academic and education programs at each of California’s adult state prisons and has career opportunities that include carpenters, cosmetologists, librarians, including credentialed academic teachers.

The OCE staff makes a difference by helping inmate students learn new skills and trades. Education is an important feature to rehabilitation and public safety.

A brief description and minimum qualifications for each position is listed below:

Academic Teachers
The OCE is seeking credentialed teachers to prepare adult inmates for high school equivalency or diploma. Be a part of CDCR’s effort to improve public safety by preparing inmates for successful community reentry.

Minimum Qualifications: Applicants must possess a current California Teaching Credential issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). Accepted credentials include single subject, multiple subject, standard secondary with a major or minor in an academic subject area, standard elementary or general secondary. Emergency credentials are not accepted.

CTE Instructors
The OCE is expanding programming for vocational trades and need Career Technical Education (CTE) Instructors to provide hands-on skill development and training opportunities for inmate students. The CTE programs include Auto Body and Repair, Auto Mechanics, Carpentry, Cosmetology, Electrical Works, Electronics, Machine Shop, Masonry, Office Services, Painting (industrial), Plumbing, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, Roofing, Sheet Metal Work, Small Engine Repair, and Welding. OCE Instructors utilize their master skill level knowledge to motivate, prepare and train offenders for employment and career success.

Minimum Qualifications: Five years of trade-specific journeyman work experience; 48 semester units of post-secondary vocational training related to a trade may be substituted for a maximum of two years of work experience. Applicants must possess or acquire a CTE credential issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing prior to employment with CDCR.

Read more about CTE teaching credentials:  http://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/leaflets/cl888.pdf

Library Staff
The OCE is expanding programming and need Senior Librarians, Librarians and Library Technical Assistants to provide offenders with legal resources, recreation and educational materials. Library services offer an extensive collection of recreational fiction and non-fiction books including high-interest books, self-help and periodicals. Librarians provide legal research materials as required by the courts and rehabilitative support services that contain reference reading materials, periodicals, encyclopedias and materials to support academic, career technical and college programs.

Minimum Qualifications: Library Technical Assistant should have an associate of arts degree in library science or two years of library experience. Librarian needs a bachelor’s degree plus one year in library science master’s degree program. Senior Librarian needs a bachelor’s degree plus one year in library science master’s degree program and two years of CDCR Librarian experience (or three years of non-CDCR Librarian experience).

CDCR’s benefits package includes health, dental and vision plans, CALPERS retirement and avenues for salary advancement.

Read more about safety while working in a correctional setting: http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/Rehabilitation/OCE/docs/SafetyFlyer.pdf

How to apply
For placement on CDCR’s employment list for Academic Teachers, CTE Instructors or Library Staff, go to http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/Career_Opportunities/HR/OPS/Exams/Education_index.html

You can view the various positions by clicking the orange tab labeled “Choose an Education Career Bulletin.” Choose an area of interest depending on your preferences. To apply for a position complete the state application (STD. 678) and the specific “Qualification Assessment” for the position. The state application can be found at https://jobs.ca.gov/pdf/std678.pdf  

Print both documents and make sure to sign the application toward the bottom of the first page. Scan the documents and email to CDCROCEJobs@cdcr.ca.gov


For more information about CDCR, please contact the Office of External Affairs at
(916) 445-4950.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

State of California Honors 22 with Governor's State Employee Medal of Valor Award


Award is the highest honor state bestows on its public servants
SACRAMENTO, CA – The State of California today honored 22 state employees with the Governor's State Employee Medal of Valor Award (Medal of Valor Award) for acts of heroism, during a ceremony at the California Highway Patrol Academy in West Sacramento. The Medal of Valor Award is the highest honor the state can give its employees.

Medals were presented to the 22 recipients, from seven state departments, on behalf of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. by Keely Bosler, the Governor's Cabinet Secretary. Other state officials participating in the ceremony include Richard Gillihan, Director, California Department of Human Resources (CalHR); Joseph A. Farrow, Commissioner, California Highway Patrol (CHP); John Laird, Secretary, California Natural Resources Agency; Brian P. Kelly, Secretary, California State Transportation Agency; Ralph Diaz, Undersecretary for Operations, Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR);  Major Jonathan Shiroma, Deputy Director of State Personnel, California Military Department (Military).

"Today's recipients exemplify what it means to be a public servant, acting without regard for their own safety in order to help their fellow citizens," said Gillihan. "They make California a better place and the state is fortunate to have them."

The award comes in two distinctions, the Special Service Award (Silver) for an act of heroism by a state employee extending above and beyond the normal call of duty or service performed at personal risk to his or her safety to save human life or state property, and the Special Act Award (Gold) for an extraordinary act of heroism by a state employee extending far above and beyond the normal call of duty or service, performed at great risk to his or her own life in an effort to save human life.

Actions taken by this year's recipients include fending off and subduing an armed assailant, rescuing a woman from a burning vehicle, saving three individuals from drowning, and pulling a suicidal woman from a freeway overpass.

Recipients of today's awards, the level of their award, and their employing department are as follows:
  • Jaymi Appleberry, Gold, CDCR
  • Mike Johnson, Gold, CDCR
  • Steve Gallegos, Gold, California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection (Cal Fire)
  • Steven Van Heertum, Gold, Cal Fire
  • Michael Dilts, Silver, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW)
  • Chad Edwards, Silver, CDFW
  • James Anderson, Silver, California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)
  • Kenneth Myers, Silver, Caltrans
  • Rodney Walker, Silver, Caltrans
  • Dean Rouse, Silver, Caltrans
  • Kevin Maniord, Silver, CHP
  • Andrew Murrill, Silver, CHP
  • Kerry Comphel, Silver, CHP
  • Jason Hughes, Silver, CHP
  • Daryl Hansen, Silver, CHP
  • Timothy Montoya, Silver, CHP
  • David Robles, Gold, CHP
  • Christopher Swanberg, Silver, CHP
  • Christopher Connolly, Silver, California Department of Parks and Recreation
  • Jeff Ginther, Silver, Military
  • Jesse Hernandez, Gold, Military
  • Michael Long, Gold, Military
The Medal of Valor Award is sponsored by the California Department of Human Resources. Award nominations are made by the employee's department, reviewed by the statewide Merit Award Board, and selected by the Director of CalHR. Since the program began in 1959, 591 state employees have received Medals of Valor.

For more information about the Medal of Valor Award, visit www.medalofvalor.ca.gov. Details of each recipient's award will be posted to the website after the ceremony.
CalHR is responsible for all issues related to employee salaries and benefits, job classifications, civil rights, training, exams, recruitment and retention. For most employees, many of these matters are determined through the collective bargaining process managed by CalHR. CalHR was created on July 1, 2012, by Governor Brown's Reorganization Plan Number 1 of 2011. 

The reorganization plan consolidated the State of California's two personnel departments, combining the Department of Personnel Administration with certain programs of the State Personnel Board. For more information about CalHR visit www.calhr.ca.gov.

Friday, May 12, 2017

CDCR STAFF CELEBRATE NATIONAL POLICE WEEK


NATIONAL POLICE WEEK
MAY 14-20, 2017


CDCR staff will participate in the 36th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service to recognize law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. 

Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week.  National Police Week is a collaborative effort of many organizations dedicated to honoring America’s law enforcement community. The annual event draws between 25,000 to 40,000 attendees from departments throughout the United States as well as from agencies throughout the world. This provides a unique opportunity to meet others who work in law enforcement.

There are more than 900,000 sworn law enforcement officers now serving in the United States, which is the highest figure ever.  About 12 percent of those are female.

Since the first known line-of duty death in 1791, more than 20,000 U.S. law enforcement officers have made the ultimate sacrifice.  Currently, there are 21,183 names engraved on the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. Last year we lost 143 Law Enforcement Officers.  Below are a a few sobering statistics: 

  • The deadliest day in law enforcement history was September 11, 2001, when 72 officers were killed while responding to the terrorist attacks on America.
  • There are 1,117 federal officers listed on the Memorial, as well as 689 correctional officers and 39 military law enforcement officers.
  • There are 309 female officers listed on the Memorial; six female officers were killed in 2016.

CDCR staff from the Division of Adult Institutions, Division of Parole Operations, and Division of Juvenile Justice will be present, on May 15, 2017 at 11:00 a.m., on the West Front of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. during the National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service.
There will be a number of other scheduled events hosted by organizations honoring fallen law enforcement officers May 14-20, including a 5K, baseball games, police unity tour, family conference, to mention a few.

Police Week will also include the 29th Annual Candlelight Vigil on May 13 at 8:00 p.m. The event will be held at the National Mall between 4th and 7th Streets.  During the Candlelight Vigil, fallen officers whose names were engraved earlier in the year on the Memorial’s walls are formally dedicated. The ceremony will honor 143 officers who were killed in the line of duty in 2016 and 251 officers who were killed in prior years but had been forgotten by time until the Memorial Fund’s research staff and a team of dedicated volunteers found record of their law enforcement service. This year’s Vigil will also be dedicated to 75 officers who have died from illnesses related to the search and recovery efforts after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.  The free public event will be available on webcast.

For more information about the 2017 schedule of events or survivor services, please visit police week or National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

For more information about CDCR, please contact the Office of External Affairs at
(916) 445-4950.

Mental Health Matters Day

Mental Health Matters Day
Building Momentum & Strength TOGETHER

Please join Executive Officer Stephanie Welch, Council on Mentally Ill Offenders, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and Mental Health America for Mental Health Matters Day at the State Capitol on May 24, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The event will be located on the east side of the Capitol building.

COMIO’s primary goal is to investigate and promote cost-effective strategies to prevent adults and juveniles with mental health and substance use needs from incarceration or recidivism. Promoting mental health awareness and fighting the stigma associated with mental illness is imperative to meeting that goal.

The free public event will be hosted by Mental Health America, Each Mind Matters, leading mental health organizations, and community leaders to provide resources and raise awareness about the important work being done to improve the lives of those with mental health challenges.

By hosting Mental Health Matters Day, California leaders aim to strengthen our community, divert people from incarceration, and end stigmas associated with mental health.

The Mental Health Matters Day event will feature the following keynote speakers:
Richard Dryfuss, Actor, will share his lived experiences and how they may have had an impact on his personal and professional life.

Lisa Klien, Director, The S Word. A film about a suicide attempt survivor on a mission to find fellow survivors and document their stories of unguarded courage, insight, and humor.

Kevin Berthia will share his story of healing and mental health advocacy. He will speak on the topic of suicide prevention, and the events that led to March 11, 2005 when he stood on the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge, ready to take his life.

Kevin Briggs, a retired California Highway Patrol officer, will share his story of stopping upwards of two hundred people from jumping to their deaths from the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco Bay. He will speak on the topic of suicide prevention, including his efforts to successfully convince Kevin Berthia to not jump off the bridge on March 11, 2005.
For additional event information, please visit the
Mental Health Matters Day and join the EachMind Matters social media movement.

Among other things, the event will include mobile food trucks starting at 11:30 a.m. and, live entertainment. Urban Beats will provide an innovative artistic expression program for transitional age youth.
The event is sponsored by California Coalition for Mental Health, National Association of Social Workers, California Chapter, and SMUD. Will you be attending? RSVP on Facebook and share the event details.
For information about CDCR or COMIO, please contact the Office of External Affairs at (916) 445-4950.

Monday, May 8, 2017

2017 National Correctional Officers and Employees Week

This year the National Correctional Officers and Employees Week is celebrated May 7th through 13th to recognize the continuing contributions to public safety of all correctional employees.

Correctional employees face difficult and dangerous situations every day. This week recognizes the professionalism, dedication, and courage exhibited by correctional professionals in the performance of their duties. 

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) employees have a significant role in the criminal justice system by protecting the public, rehabilitating offenders prior to release, deterring others from offending, and following through with offenders to help ensure successful reintegration back into the community.

Correctional employees work hard to keep Californians safe. CDCR staff trains for the demands of their work, and respond admirably throughout the year. Custody and non-custody employees are part of a proud, long tradition of service. This week is to honor and remember those in our corrections field who serve and those we lost in the line of duty. They will never be forgotten.

Correctional officers and all correctional employees deserve the utmost gratitude and respect. To honor and recognize CDCR employees Secretary Scott Kernan released a memo to all staff thanking them for their service to the Department and the State of California.


Any questions or for additional information about CDCR please contact the Office of External Affairs at (916) 445-4950 or
 
cal_externalaffairs@cdcr.ca.gov
 

Friday, April 21, 2017

Folsom Women’s Facility, CSP-Sac inmates plan for parole with help from DAPO


By Alexandra Powell, PIO, OPEC 
and Matthew Westbrook, AGPA, Office of External Affairs
Part of CDCR’s mission is to provide effective rehabilitation and treatment so offenders can successfully integrate back into the community. The Division of Adult Parole Operations (DAPO) has an active role by providing a range of programs and services to parolees while encouraging and assisting in their rehabilitative efforts.
Much of DAPO’s work is with offenders once they are paroled; however, the transition from prison to parole begins well before an offender is released. DAPO’s Northern Region Adult Programs Unit (APU) recently hosted Reentry Resource Fairs at Folsom Women’s Facility (FWF) and California State Prison, Sacramento (SAC).
DAPO regularly facilitates Resource Fairs in the community for parolees, but these were unique because they were a collaborative in-reach event within the institution. They seek to engage inmates prior to their release to learn about what resources and opportunities are available. Nearly 30 service providers attended each event to offer inmates assistance and hope in their journey to parole and life outside of prison.
“It gives me a big glimpse of hope, because there are a lot of resources that I wasn’t aware of, that parolees had available,” said Brian Lewis, a lifer at SAC.
The March 10 event at SAC was the first-ever Resource Fair at the level four institution, and amassed a turnout of more than 300 long-term offenders (LTO). Recognizing that every paroling offender will have a unique set of needs, APU made sure to invite providers that would best suit the audience at each prison.
The LTO population can face unique challenges when returning to society after spending what may be decades in prison. Some of those challenges include locating housing in a new or changed area, finding meaningful employment and reuniting with friends and family who may have moved on during the offender’s absence.
Provider Barrios Unidos of Santa Cruz was present at both Resource Fairs. The organization’s Prison Project connects offenders to programs and services that help reduce recidivism, support reentry and reunify families.
“It is very important to provide information and services while they are incarcerated,” said Daniel “Nane” Alejandrez, Executive Director for Santa Cruz Barrios Unidos. “When people are not prepared [to parole] it is much harder to adjust, get the resources, or move around the community without any kind of positive connections.”
The Feb. 24 Resource Fair at FWF was also the first of its kind at the institution, with 200 female offenders in attendance. This in-reach event provided women offenders an opportunity to learn how they can continue their rehabilitative efforts once they go home.
To ensure the needs of these inmates would be addressed, APU invited providers aimed to specifically help female offenders succeed once released from prison. This included child support services, family planning, child care services, parenting education and providers specializing in gender-specific substance abuse treatment and employment training.
“This fair is gender-responsive because we know women have different pathways into prison” said Angela Kent, acting Assistant Regional Administrator for DAPO. “We are mindful to bring in resources specific to a woman’s needs.”
One of those resources was Community Works West, a Bay Area organization with gender-specific programs to help connect female offenders with services like housing, substance abuse treatment, mental health programs and family support.
“A lot of [paroling] women don’t have necessities as far as housing, employment and a reunification plan for their families. Without a plan, a lot of girls can fail because they just go back to the same environment of addiction, or an abusive relationship,” said Magali Rivera, a Reentry Counselor and Case Manager for Community Works West.
Preparing for life after parole comes with its challenges. DAPO is taking steps to help ease the transition from prison to parole and realizes that educating offenders about available resources before they are paroled will better prepare them for their successful reintegration into the community.
The Reentry Resource Fairs at FWF and SAC aim to provide hope for offenders as they continue their rehabilitative efforts and connect them with the services they need so they will be prepared.
“These women are already familiar with the vocational and self-help programs they receive while in prison, but may feel that those types of services end when they parole,” said FWF Associate Warden Tracy Johnson.  “This fair lets them know when they parole, they are not forgotten.”
DAPO is looking forward to hosting similar Resource Fairs at other CDCR institutions across the state.
“This event was an example of the developing collaboration within CDCR, including both staff and inmates, to embrace the changes in culture and process going on in the department,” said SAC Warden David Baughman. “We are providing more rehabilitative opportunities and options to advance the successes and reduce recidivism.”

For more information about CDCR please contact the Office of External Affairs at (916) 445-4950 or cal_externalaffairs@cdcr.ca.gov

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Governor Brown appoints DAPO director, two wardens

Governor Brown recently appointed a director for CDCR’s Division of Adult Parole Operations (DAPO) and wardens at the Correctional Training Facility (CTF) at Soledad, and the Wasco State Prison-Reception Center (WSP-RC).
Jerry Powers was named DAPO director, Shawn Hatton warden at CTF and John Sutton warden at WSP-RC
Powers served as chief probation officer at the Los Angeles County Probation Department from 2011 to 2015. He served in several positions at the Stanislaus County Probation Department from 2000 to 2011, including chief probation officer, chief deputy probation officer and juvenile hall superintendent.
Powers held several positions at the San Diego County Probation Department from 1985 and 2000, including probation supervisor, senior probation officer, deputy probation officer and assistant deputy probation officer. He was a member of the California Sex Offender Management Board from 2005 to 2015 and the California Council on Criminal Justice from 2005 to 2009. This position requires Senate confirmation.
Hatton has been acting warden at CTF since 2016. He served in several positions at Salinas Valley State Prison from 2001 to 2016, including chief correctional administrator, captain, lieutenant and sergeant. He was a correctional officer at Sierra Conservation Center from 1988 to 2001. This position does not require Senate confirmation.
Sutton has been acting warden at WSP-RC since 2016. Sutton was chief deputy warden at North Kern State Prison in 2016. He held several positions at Wasco State Prison from 2000 to 2016, including acting chief deputy warden, correctional administrator, facility captain and correctional counselor.
He was a sergeant at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility from 1999 to 2000 and a correctional officer at Ironwood State Prison from 1994 to 1999. This position does not require Senate confirmation.
For more information about CDCR please contact the Office of External Affairs at (916) 445-4950 or cal_externalaffairs@cdcr.ca.gov

Friday, March 24, 2017

Secretary Scott Kernan Announces Proposition 57 Regulations

Sacramento – Secretary Scott Kernan with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) formally announced that the Department has published regulations for Proposition 57 - The Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2016. The regulations can be viewed at https://oal.blogs.ca.gov/files/2017/03/2017-0324-01EON.pdf

“Last November, California voters overwhelmingly passed Prop. 57, by 64 percent to 35 percent. The Proposition required us to promulgate regulations establishing a non-violent parole process and credit earning criteria in the best interest of public safety. I believe we have done that with the regulations as the new processes put a greater responsibility on the inmates to participate in meaningful programs and earn their release. That is the spirit of Prop. 57,” said Secretary Kernan.



To access Prop. 57 resources and to locate Department program information or services, please visit www.cdcr.ca.gov/oeaAs required by the new law, California’s prison system aims to increase opportunities and incentives for rehabilitation. To design the basic framework, CDCR leadership consulted with key stakeholders, such as crime victims groups, law enforcement, criminal justice leaders, public defenders, district attorneys, and California leaders.

The initiative creates a durable solution to help the department implement common-sense prison population reduction measures to avoid court-ordered inmate releases. Currently, CDCR is under a federal court order to not exceed the prison population past 137.5% of design capacity. Without a durable solution, a Court Compliance Officer may order the release of inmates if the population cap is exceeded. For more information please visit http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/proposition57/

The proposed regulations intend to revise or establish credit-earning programs and a parole consideration process for non-violent offenders. Existing milestone completion credits, credits for good conduct, and extraordinary conduct credits will be revised or retained. New credits for rehabilitation achievement and educational merit will become available. This is intended to encourage inmates to take more responsibility for their own rehabilitation while in prison by participating in credit earning programs and avoiding misconduct. Inmates will earn credits contingent upon offenders remaining in good standing.

It is anticipated that the new law will help the Department establish a durable solution to comply with the Federal court-ordered population cap of 137.5 percent of design capacity without having to rely on court-ordered inmate releases. Without the passage of Prop. 57, the state prison population is projected to continue to increase and it is possible that without additional population reduction measures the Department would approach or exceed design capacity in the next 18-24 months. 

If that were to occur, a Court Compliance Officer would have the authority to release inmates to allow CDCR to stay under the cap. The implementation of Prop. 57 and other population-reduction measures will allow CDCR to remove all inmates from one of two remaining out-of-state facilities in 2017-18.
 
As the impact of Prop. 57 grows, the Department anticipates returning all inmates from leased out-of-state facilities by 2020. Currently, there are approximately 4,300 inmates housed outside of California.

Credit Earning
By passing Prop. 57, voters tasked CDCR with the responsibility of promulgating regulations to provide for inmates to earn credits if they complete approved rehabilitative programs and activities. Good Conduct Credit, Milestone Completion Credit, and Rehabilitative Achievement Credit will be applied prospectively and will be phased-in between now and the end of Summer. Educational Merit Credit will apply retrospectively if earned during the inmate’s current term of incarceration.

Good Conduct Credits
  • Granted to inmates with the expectation that they will remain disciplinary free
  • The amount of Good Conduct Credits many inmates are eligible to receive will increase
Milestone Completion Credits
  • Earned when an inmate completes a specific education or vocational program that has attendance and performance requirements
  • The maximum amount of time an inmate can earn for Milestone Completion Credits will increase from 6 weeks per year to 12 weeks 
Rehabilitative Achievement Credits
  • Earned when an inmate participates in approved rehabilitative service and self-help groups which requires attendance and satisfactory participation
  • These groups must be approved by the warden of the institution
  • Inmates can earn up to 4 weeks of credit per year
Educational Merit Credit
  • Earned for successful completion and award, while incarcerated, of a GED, high school diploma, college degree or alcohol and drug counselor certification
  • One-time credit awarded for each level of educational achievement earned during the inmate’s current term
Credit Forfeiture
Eligible inmates can earn credits while incarcerated for their good behavior and for their participation in, and completion of, specific rehabilitative, educational or other programs. Some credits may be forfeited as a result of disciplinary infractions while others are not forfeitable. Inmates have the right to appeal any forfeiture of credit and the credits will be restored if the disciplinary action is reversed as a result of an administrative appeal or a court action.
  • Good Conduct Credits, Milestone Completion Credits, and Rehabilitative Achievement Credits are subject to forfeiture for disciplinary reasons. 
  • Educational Merit Credits and Extraordinary Conduct Credits for extraordinary heroism are not subject to forfeiture for disciplinary reasons.
Juvenile Justice
The new law requires that all juvenile offenders who committed their crimes prior to age 18 have a hearing in juvenile court before being transferred to adult court. Specifically, it only allows a juvenile felony offender age 16 or 17 to be transferred to adult court, or age 14 or 15 for certain more serious felonies listed in state law. It is estimated that there will be an increase of 72 juvenile wards as a result of these changes due to the anticipated increase in juvenile court commitments.

Non-Violent Offender Parole Consideration
Prop. 57 creates a process for non-violent offenders who have served the full term for their primary criminal offense to be considered for parole by the Board of Parole Hearings. The full term of their primary offense means the longest term of imprisonment imposed by the court for any offense, excluding the imposition of enhancement, consecutive sentence, or alternative sentence.

Parole consideration will be for eligible non-violent offenders who pass a public-safety screening. This will be accomplished using the same process as the current non-violent second-striker parole process ordered by a federal Three Judge Panel.

The Office of Administrative Law will be reviewing the Department’s proposed regulation for consideration for emergency adoption. If approved, CDCR will then publish a public notice containing the regulation text and other documents with an invitation for public comment. This is expected sometime in April. 

For more information about Prop. 57 or CDCR, please contact The Office of External Affairs: Albert Rivas, Chief, at (916) 224-8137 or Matthew Westbrook, AGPA, at (916) 445-4950.


Friday, March 17, 2017

2016 Our Promise Campaign Results

By Holly Stewart, Associate Governmental Program Analyst
CDCR’s Office of Public and Employee Communications

The 2016 Our Promise Campaign (previously the California State Employees Charitable Campaign (CSECC)) has finally concluded and the results are in. The 2016 campaign raised $6.1 million for nonprofit organizations throughout the state, country and world.  Over $569,000 of that monumental amount is because of over 3,600 CDCR donors contributing to meaningful foundations, as low as $5 each month from their paychecks.

(Editor’s note: The CDCR total likely will grow because all the donations from CDCR employees have not yet been tallied.)

The event honored the committed and hard-working department and agency Chairs, Vice Chairs, Key Connectors and other campaign volunteers, who worked to spread the word about the opportunity to give back, and the 32,000 state employees who contributed to Our Promise: California State Employees Giving at Work.


The successful 2016 Our Promise Campaign was headed by the CDCR Department Chair Alexandra Powell, Public Information Officer I, and her Executive Hand Holly Stewart, Associate Governmental Program Analyst with the Office of Public and Employee Communications (OPEC). This year, their leadership was shadowed by Corinne Isberner, Staff Counsel III (Specialist), with the Office of Legal Affairs (OLA) as the Campaign Vice Chair.


Isberner is already gearing up full steam ahead for the 2017 Campaign, with the help of OLA’s enthusiastic Student Assistant Amber Campbell.  Looking ahead, Isberner said, “I am honored to get to serve as next year’s CDCR Campaign Chair. As a really large state department, CDCR has some unique opportunities to make a really big impact in charitable giving.  Amber and I are already in early campaign planning mode.” 


With early planning comes the need for volunteers and Executive support. 

“Without the backing of enthusiasm and drive from Executives and volunteers, the campaign wouldn’t be successful.  Especially with a Department of CDCR’s size, our Executive Team Members, Campaign Liaisons, Division Coordinators and Key Connectors are all instrumental to our operation and the reason for our achievement every year,” said Powell. Organizers say volunteering is “fun and rewarding, and builds leadership, teamwork and passion in our Department.”

If you would like to volunteer, know of anyone who could be influential in the 2017 Campaign or have any creative input to share, contact Corinne Isberner at
Corinne.Isberner@cdcr.ca.gov

What is Our Promise?
The Our Promise Campaign spans from September through the end of October each year.  During this two month window, each state agency and their departments run their campaign to ensure that each state employee is educated about the opportunity to donate through one-time donations and/or monthly payroll deduction. |The benefit of a monthly payroll deduction to your charity of choice provides the nonprofit with consistent cash flow throughout the year, enabling their ability to operate and provide services against a one-time donation. The benefits to the state employee include promoting teamwork in the workplace, enabling the employee to donate more than a one-time gift and last but not least, it’s tax deductible. 

For more information contact the Office of External Affairs at 916-445-4950 or cal_externalaffairs@cdcr.ca.gov