Friday, June 30, 2017

CDCR and Correctional Peace Officers Foundation to host national corrections conference

CDCR and Correctional Peace Officers Foundation to host national corrections conference

The Women Working in Corrections and Juvenile Justice national conference will be held October 14-17, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency, 1209 L Street in Sacramento.

The conference will be hosted by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the Correctional Peace Officers Foundation. CDCR operates the California prison and parole systems. Headquartered in Sacramento, it is the third largest law enforcement agency in the United States. The Correctional Peace Officers Foundation is a national non-profit charitable organization. Created in 1984, it supports the surviving families of correctional officers who lose their lives in pursuit of their chosen profession of protecting the public from those remanded to correctional custody and supervision in the nation's prisons and jails.

“We are pleased to be part of this opportunity to invest in women who work in adult and juvenile corrections not only in the state of California, but at the national level as well,” CDCR Secretary Scott Kernan said. “Nearly all of what I first learned about this profession was from my mother Peggy Kernan, who worked in California corrections for 32 years. Women bring a unique dynamic to the job and I learned that very early in life,” Secretary Kernan added.

“The Correctional Peace Officers Foundations has participated in the Women Working in Corrections and Juvenile Justice national conferences for many years,” Glenn Mueller, Chairman of the CPOF Board of Directors, said. “My correctional career has spanned more than 32 years and I’ve worked with many outstanding women not only here in California but nationally. I am personally looking forward to co-hosting this conference in Sacramento,” Mueller added.

The first WWICJJ national conference was held in 1985 and is held every even-numbered year in a different state. It has been held previously in Arkansas, Arizona, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. Each state has a theme and each conference features speakers, training and events. The theme of the 2018 WWICJJ conference is “Transcend.”

History of the conference

Women have been involved in correctional work in the United State since the 1700s. Their early efforts were primarily focused on system reform and charitable acts toward prisoners. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, women could only work in female institutions. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlawed discrimination based on sex and in 1972, the prohibition of sex discrimination in employment was expanded to state and local governments. The 1970s saw growing numbers of women entering the corrections workforce.

The formation of a Women’s Task Force in 1979 by American Correctional Association President Norman Carlson evolved into a Women Working in Corrections Committee. The committee provided workshops and networking opportunities to women working in the male-dominated corrections field.

As the number of women in the corrections and juvenile justice professions increased, Dr. Bruce Wolford, Department of Correctional Services, Eastern Kentucky University, recognized the need for more developmental experiences for women, and he organized a group from the Kentucky Corrections Cabinet and the Department of Social Services to develop what became known as the first National Conference for Women Working in Corrections and Juvenile Justice. The first program was held at Eastern Kentucky University in 1985.

The 2018 conference

The WWICJJ 2018 national conference is open to all women who work in the corrections and juvenile justice profession in any discipline, including peace officers, health care providers, administrators and executives, and will feature workshops, training, exhibits and opportunities for networking.

The theme of the 2018 conference is “Transcend.” Workshops will be held to address organizational transformation and how correctional and juvenile justice agencies are transcending traditional roles and evolving as society’s expectations change. Speakers will provide training to help women transcend gender-related occupational barriers and become effective leaders. And workshops will be held to discuss strategies for helping offenders transcend from a criminal to a law-abiding lifestyle.

To stay updated about the 2018 WWICJJ national conference, visit the WWICJJ website at

You can also like and follow WWICJJ on Facebook at, Twitter at and Instagram at

For more information, contact Terry Thornton at CDCR at (916) 445-4950,, or Rachel Lee at CPOF at (916) 928-0061,

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Northern Law Enforcement Torch Run finishes final leg at Capitol

Law Enforcement Torch Run finishes final leg at the State Capitol
Story by OPEC staff
Photos by Don Chaddock, Inside CDCR editor
On a warm Friday morning in Sacramento, the Law Enforcement Torch Run ended on the north steps of the State Capitol. Numerous Special Olympics athletes, law enforcement personnel and CDCR staff were on hand for the brief ceremony.
David Solo, president and CEO for Special Olympics of Northern California, said he’s grateful for the support of all the law enforcement agencies.
“We’re very blessed that Special Olympics is the charity of choice for law enforcement worldwide,” he said, calling the support and donations critical to the organization’s operation. “We don’t charge any fees for our athletes to participate. As a nonprofit, we rely on the generosity of our community. … CDCR is the number one fundraising agency in the Law Enforcement Torch Run.”
Undersecretary Toche speaks about CDCR's involvement in the torch run.
Diana Toche, Undersecretary of Health Care Services for CDCR, said she became involved because of a friend’s daughter, who is a Special Olympics athlete.
“Just to see the happiness that Special Olympics brings to folks is inspiring,” she said.
Undersecretary Diana Toche and Warden Joe Lizarraga are introduced 
during the ceremony on the Capitol steps.

California Highway Patrol Commissioner Joe Farrow listens 
 during the opening remarks of the ceremony.

Therese Giannelli, Community Resources Manager with CSP-Sacramento, was named 2016 Volunteer of the Year for Special Olympics of Northern California.
Therese Giannelli, an employee with CSP- Sacramento was named volunteer of the year for 2016. Allie Powell, Public Information Officer with the Office of Public and Employee Communications interviews her during a Facebook Live broadcast.
“It’s a huge honor. There are so many deserving people who volunteer countless hours,” she said. “(Inmates) donated over $8,000 per year in addition to what our staff does, which is probably another $6,000 to $8,000 being raised (at CSP-Sacramento).”
Jonathan Sparks, athlete with Special Olympics, sang the National Anthem 
during the Capitol ceremony.
“I do swimming. Yes, I am excited (for the games),” Sparks said. “(I’m excited) mainly for Special Olympics (since) this is how (it) financially survives. They raise money by the Torch Run, by the Tip-a-Cops, and other fundraisers. At the Summer Games tonight at UC Davis, they have an honor wall, so as the athletes come through, the law enforcement officers give the athletes high fives, which is very cool.”
Sparks has been involved with Special Olympics since the 1970s. Holly Stewart, OPEC employee helps with Facebook Live.
Learn more about the nonprofit organization at

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.

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:

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:

How to apply
For placement on CDCR’s employment list for Academic Teachers, CTE Instructors or Library Staff, go to

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  

Print both documents and make sure to sign the application toward the bottom of the first page. Scan the documents and email to

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