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The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is responsible for the operation of the California state prison and parole systems. CDCR is the third-largest law enforcement agency in the United States behind the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the New York City Police Department. CDCR correctional officers are sworn law enforcement officers with peace officer powers. CDCR emphasizes public safety, rehabilitation, community reintegration and restorative justice.

As of April 17, 26 death row inmates have been transferred to California Institution for Men following the closure of segregated units at San Quentin and Central California Women’s Facility
Prison officials were called to a “disturbance” in a housing unit at New Folsom when the inmate “charged and began to hit staff;" COs then began to restrain the inmate
Two COs were trying to handcuff an inmate, but he resisted, retrieved a weapon and stabbed one officer twice and sliced another officer’s hand, CDCR said
Until September 2022, COs with religious exemptions could have beards up to an inch; CDCR then mandated reapplication for these exemptions to ensure masks fit properly
The condemned prisoners will be rehoused in the general population across two dozen high-security state prisons, where they will gain access to a broader range of rehabilitative programming and treatment services
“Coming to a women’s prison, I feel like it has really changed my perspective on why I work in prison reform,” Kim Kardashian said during her first visit to California Central Women’s Facility
Between July 2018, and June 2019, 36,086 individuals were released from state prisons, 41.9% of which went on to reoffend within a three-year period
California’s program of offering naloxone to all departing prisoners “has and does save lives,” an attorney said. “Without this treatment, the number of overdoses, we believe, would be far larger”
The two men will undergo concurrent surgeries that could extend beyond four hours in April
An inmate headbutted a staff member, and as he was being subdued, “approximately 200 incarcerated people on the yard rushed toward the officers attacking them with fists and rocks,” CDCR said
The special review from the inspector general found CDCR wrongfully closed and reclassified 595 complaints of staff misconduct as “routine grievances” between Feb. 24, 2022, and Feb. 27, 2023
COs fired a warning shot when they saw inmate Albaro Amaral stabbing another inmate; Amaral continued his attack, prompting another CO to fire multiple rounds, striking Amaral
The council suggests retraining corrections officers, reducing inmate numbers for individual cells, enhancing staff amenities and creating re-entry beds for post-release transition
The Correctional Training Facility hosted a friendly soccer match, with ESPN Deportes recording it all
The CO smuggled dental molds in and out of the prison in September 2020 so that a Houston jeweler could create the grill
CDCR’s proposal calls for eliminating all unpaid work assignments and reducing hours for most prison workers from full-time jobs to half-time
CDCR prison officials have touted the revitalized degree as a pioneering program that could serve as a national model, created exclusively for incarcerated students
CDCR’s new regulations would give solitary inmates up to 20 hours of outside cell time per week, up from the 10 hours they are currently allowed
“BIG HOUSE” is the 11th seasoning created by the Smokin’ Bros, who donate a portion of all sales to the Correctional Peace Officers Foundation
The California state prison system aims to increase the female workforce from 17% to 30% by expanding recruitment efforts
The most common investigation misstep is lack of timeliness, but in one case an officer accused of molesting a teen was paid for more than 2 years before termination
Anthony “Jack” Sully, 79, died of natural causes at a medical facility outside of the San Quentin Rehabilitation Center
A council, allowed to meet in secret, advised Gov. Newsom on a $360 million plan to remake the prison grounds as a college campus, with a student union, classrooms and possibly a coffee shop
The Camp GED program offers a flexible, supportive learning environment for the firefighters, helping them balance their duties while pursuing their education
A heat illness prevention plan for the state’s 30 prisons includes increased access to water, ice, fans, portable cooling units
The new contract, which requires union and legislature approval, also includes a $1,200 health and wellness stiped in 2023 and 2024
The inmates were able to showcase emotions through a series of short performances
Prison sentences were reduced for at least 602 people as a result of two new laws; saving taxpayers between $94 million and $1.2 billion in prison costs
COs suffer from depression, PTSD and suicide at a higher rate than the average population; part of the revamp plan is to improve the prison staff’s experience