Wednesday, September 28, 2016

In case you missed it - CDCR live video feed

We are LIVE at the Green Valley Training Center, speaking with three CDCR correctional officers about what it's like on the job as a female officer. Host Allie ...Powell will be taking your questions about life on the job, and recruiters from the Office of Peace Officer Selection will be answering questions about the application process in the comments

Monday, September 26, 2016

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Officer Velazquez Officer of the Year

Correctional Officer Juan Velazquez knows the importance of balancing positive programming with institutional safety. In his position at the Substance Abuse Program and Re-Entry Hub at California Institution for Men, Velazquez works to maintain a safe environment while also placing emphasis on quality rehabilitative programs.

Velazquez has been named CDCR Correctional Officer of the Year, an honor that will be bestowed upon him Thursday at the 31st annual Medal of Valor ceremony. In addition to the Employee Recognition Awards, more than 100 CDCR employees will be honored for bravery and service above the call of duty. You can watch a livestream of the ceremony right here on Facebook, beginning at 10 a.m. Sept. 15.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Prison Strikes September 9

Speaking on a cell phone smuggled into his cell in solitary confinement at an Alabama prison, Melvin Ray is eager to talk about what he sees as a growing national movement that touches Salinas Valley State Prison in Soledad.
On Friday, Sept. 9, the 45th anniversary of the Attica Prison riot in New York that spurred reform nationally, inmates across the country plan to go on strike to protest what they describe as forced labor, draconian drug laws and mass incarceration.
“We want people to know the 13th Amendment never abolished slavery,” Ray says from solitary at the Donaldson Correctional Facility in Bessemer, Alabama, where he has been for the better part of two years.
“People are profiting off forced prison labor,” Ray continues. “When we stop working these jobs, when we stop buying things from the commissary, we hit the economic heart of the prison system.”
At 45, Ray is serving life without parole for a murder he claims not to have committed. He is a leader in the Free Alabama Movement that orchestrated a prison strike in 2014 and spurred prisoners in other states to organize.
All told, inmates in 20 states are planning to strike on Sept. 9, including more than 800 in California prisons and 20 at Salinas Valley State Prison, according to Cole Dorsey, an Oakland-based organizer with Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee.
IWOC, an offshoot of the radical union Industrial Worker of the World, was created in 2014 to help coordinate national efforts for prison strikes and reform in the prison system.
Inmates in Salinas Valley State Prison perform various jobs at the prison, from food prep in dining halls and selling goods in the commissary, to maintenance and laundry.
“No one is forced to work,” says Matthew Atchley, assistant warden at the Correctional Training Facility, also in Soledad. “In most cases, inmates are happy to work. Most jobs have waiting lists.”

Friday, August 26, 2016

Protective Vests

7.05 Safety Equipment
  I. Protective Vests
    3. Protective Vests need not be issued to Correctional Officers whose duties do not normally require Inmate Contract.

Riders any thoughts on this section of the MOU?  Does it suggest that Tower Officers need not wear a stab vest?

Monday, August 22, 2016

Management changes at CIW

Hopefully more Management changes are coming.......

Battle of the Badges - So. Cal. Event