Saturday, September 30, 2006

Governor Orders CDCR to Ease Media Access Regulations for Prison Visits

Inmate Interviews with Non-Violent Criminals to be Allowed if Adopted

Sacramento - Responding to Governor Schwarzenegger's call for more media access in state prisons, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation will propose changes to its media access regulations to allow media increased access to certain inmates while still protecting crime victims and their families.

The move follows the Governor's veto of SB 1521, which would have cleared the way for prearranged inmate interviews with media for virtually any inmate.

The proposed changes will strengthen and update CDCR's regulations to incorporate many provisions of the SB 1521, codify existing Department practice, establish clear standards to make media access consistent statewide, and reflect technological advances in the media industry.

"Our regulations takes into consideration many of the aspects proposed in SB 1521 but stops short of allowing prearranged interviews with violent inmates," said CDCR Secretary James Tilton. "I believe such prearranged interviews will glorify notorious inmates and would be hurtful to the victim and their families."

The media access regulation would:

  • Consider media requests for interviews of non-violent felons. Inmates convicted of felony crimes considered serious or violent or convicted of crimes that requires lifetime registration as a sex offender will not be granted prearranged interviews with media;
  • CDCR must respond to written requests from the media to access a CDCR institution or facility within 48 hours;
  • Establishes standards to make media access to institution and facilities consistent statewide.
The Department will submit the proposed regulations to the Office of Administrative Law to be adopted. Click here for more information on CDCR's media regulations. The following Fact Sheets are also available:

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

N.A. Chaderjian High School Graduation Sept. 29

During the ceremony 30 students will graduate with high school and GED certificates. Each graduate and certificate holder will have a number of family members present. All N.A. Chaderjian teaching staff will be present.

The keynote speaker will be Brian Hickman, doctoral candidate from Alliant International University. Valedictorian, James Seidlitz, and Salutatorians, James Forster and George Reynoza, will address the Class of 2006. Mr. Seidlitz will be presented with a scholarship to attend college classes offered at N. A. Chaderjian. Two students of N. A. Chaderjian High School, Jesse Jackson and Marcelle Wheaten will sing The National Anthem and The Star Spangled Banner. In addition, a combo composed of students will perform two songs written specially for the ceremony. A luncheon reception for the graduates and their guests will immediately follow the ceremony.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

High School at Preston Youth Correctional Facility in Ione to Hold Graduation Sept. 22

During the ceremony 17 students will graduate from high school, with 27 students receiving GED certificates. Each graduate and certificate holder will have an average of four to five family members present. All James A. Weiden teaching staff will be present.

The school has 422 students, with academic, vocational, special education and English Language Learner specialized curriculum taught. Four student speakers are scheduled to motivate and inspire attendees. A video of the school's Victims Day activities will be shown.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Norwalk Juvenile Justice Facility Holds Benefit for LAPD Officer Ripatti on Sept. 20

At noon on Sept. 20, the Tactical Team of the Southern Youth Correctional Reception Center and Clinic (SYCRCC) will host the second of two benefits for Los Angeles Police Department Officer Kristina Ripatti. Officer Ripatti was shot during a traffic stop in May of this year. She remains paralyzed from her injuries. She had only recently returned to her LAPD duties after giving birth to a child. Her husband is also an LAPD officer.

Under the direction of SYCRCC Superintendent Cassandra Stansberry, the facility staff recently raised $1,000 to assist the Ripatti family. This second benefit, a barbeque lunch, is expected to raise an additional $1,500 for the Ripatti family. Local law enforcement and community dignitaries, including several top officials of the Los Angeles Police Department, have been invited to participate in this benefit event. The lunch is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

The Southern Youth Correctional Reception Center and Clinic is one of eight institutions in the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Division of Juvenile Justice. The facility is located at 13200 S. Bloomfield Ave Norwalk, CA 90650. For more information on the Department of Juvenile Justice, and the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, please visit our website at

Wednesday, September 13, 2006


(San Francisco) - Tonight, Correctional Cadet Marquis Bolden will throw out the first pitch for the San Francisco Giants Game at AT&T Park. Cadet Bolden was selected by his peers to represent the Basic Correctional Officer Academy team and will throw the ceremonial first pitch to highlight the efforts underway to recruit correctional officers, health care professionals and teachers for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR).

Joining Cadet Bolden are Correctional Sergeant Kenmond Mah and Cadets Robert Johnson, Raquel Lucca and Christopher Salas from the Juvenile Justice Basic Training Academy. These cadets were selected for their outstanding leadership, academics, hard work, and dedication towards working for a safer California. The CDCR is the largest criminal justice agency in the United States, and is responsible for the custody, care, treatment, and supervision of more than 312,000 wards, inmates and parolees.

The CDCR has launched an aggressive campaign to recruit employee's to fill vacant positions throughout the state of California. During the last legislative session the CDCR introduced legislation to build a new southern academy in the Los Angeles area to draw a larger number of candidates for correctional officer positions from southern California. The Department is also advertising to healthcare providers and teachers. The CDCR's campaign about the benefits of becoming an employee reach across several marking and outreach sectors including:

  • Online AdvertisingThe CDCR is recruiting correctional officers on more than 50 employment web sites and has "Banner" advertisements on the "Jobs" pages of 15 newspaper web sites.
  • Newspaper AdvertisingMore than 60 newspapers statewide have run the CDCR's employment advertising campaign. In July 2006, the CDCR began running correctional officer ads in every major "Employment Guide" in California.
  • Public Service Announcement (PSA) / Radio AdvertisingThe CDCR released public service announcements to all media members regarding the immediate need to hire correctional officers. College, Public Safety Training Center for prospective correctional officers.
The CDCR encourages anyone interested in being a part of the team to apply today. Visit >Career Opportunities for more information on the CDCR's recruitment and employment efforts.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Prison Industry Authority Rolls Out New Modular Buildings Structures to Provide Rehabilitative Space and Opportunities to State Prison System

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Secretary James Tilton formally announced the opening of the Prison Industry Authority's Modular Building Enterprise at a ceremony held at Folsom State Prison today. The new factory, housed in a 30,000 square foot facility, will provide rehabilitative work assignments for inmates in building modular structures that will be subsequently transported for use at various prisons and juvenile centers throughout the State.

The modular portable structures will be used by CDCR for:

  • Classrooms for Division of Juvenile Justice correctional centers and for CDCR prisons.
  • Temporary housing for incoming correctional academy cadets.
  • Offices to provide medical, dental, and psychological services.
  • Additional space for rehabilitation programs and services.
"California's correctional system is in dire need of additional space to help meet the challenge of prison overcrowding," said Secretary Tilton. "This enterprise being built by the Prison Industry Authority provides prisons with much needed structures for rehabilitative programs while giving inmates the opportunity to learn carpentry skills that can be used to obtain employment upon their release."

Inmates working in the modular enterprise will also participate in PIA's new Career Technical Education-Carpentry training, a pre-apprenticeship program where inmates gain experience in various skills sets including carpentry, welding, electrical, forklift operation, plumbing, and concrete pouring. Additionally, inmates will receive eight hours of classroom training each week as part of the curriculum. After completion of the training, the first of its type in the nation, paroling inmates will be eligible for placement in a full-scale apprenticeship program, offered through the Carpenters Training Committee for Northern California, which leads to jobs with construction companies that employ organized labor. PIA will pay the initial union dues and provide a full complement of tools to inmates who complete the program and enter Carpenters Local 46.

"The Prison Industry Authority has initiated the modular enterprise to meet the need for additional space as a result of overcrowding in our correctional system. The inmates are gaining valuable skills they can use after release. We have worked with the Northern California Carpenters Council to develop a curriculum that provides actual on-the-job training. Paroling inmates will have attained skills that can be readily used to acquire meaningful jobs upon parole," said Matt Powers, PIA's General Manager.

PIA is the State organization that provides productive job assignments for inmates in California's adult correctional institutions. PIA's products and services are available to governmental entities, including federal, state, and local agencies. PIA operates factories that produce a variety of goods and services including: modular buildings, office furniture, eye glasses, license plates, coffee, shoes, printing services, signs, binders, clothing, and much more.

PIA has established the Inmate Employability Program, which provides training, certification, and job placement assistance, to improve the employability of inmates upon parole. While PIA work assignments help train inmates to prepare for employment, the program also reduces idleness and decreases violence in the institutions. Court-ordered restitution/fines are deducted from the wages earned by PIA inmates and are transferred to the Crime Victims' Restitution Fund. In fiscal year 2004-2005, over $.5 million of inmates' PIA earnings was deposited into this fund.

Brochure/Fact Sheet on Modular Buildings