Former Inmate - Now Pastor - Visits DVI in Treatment by hfh10446

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									                                                                                                                         July 24, 2007




                                         Communicating with Professionals in Corrections and Parole


                                                                                         CDCR Hosts Live
                                                                                         Webinar on Secure
                                                                                         Community Reentry
                                                                                         Facilities
                                                                                              Online event educates local officials
                                                                                              and stakeholders on new reforms
                                                                                                   CDCR conducted a live statewide web
                                                                                              seminar, or “webinar” on July 16 to an
                                                                                              estimated audience of nearly 300 viewers
                                                                                              online to discuss secure community reen-
                                                                                              try facilities.
                                                                                                   The innovative approach to educate
                                                                                              significant local and regional stakehold-
                                                                                              ers on ways to quickly site and build se-
                                                                                              cure community reentry facilities occurred
                                                                                              because of a need to get the word out to
 Dr. Samuel Huddleston (r) counsels with an inmate on the main yard at Deuel Vocational       local government.
 Institution during his recent visit. The pastor is a former inmate who was sentenced to five      All told, more than 300 individuals
 years to life and left the facility in 1971.                                                 statewide registered to participate in the
                                                                                              conference, with a majority staying tuned
Former Inmate - Now Pastor -                                                                  into the length of the 70-minute web-
                                                                                              broadcast which was a first for CDCR.
Visits DVI in Treatment Effort                                                                     “These secure community reentry fa-
                                                                                              cilities are a necessary component toward
By TERRY THORNTON
Information Officer II
                                                                                              the success of our prison reform and re-
Office of Public and Employee Communications                                                  habilitation effort,” said Secretary James
      Deuel Vocational Institution California Department of Correc- E. Tilton. “This event was a tremendous
Warden Claude Finn recently tions and Rehabilitation to provide success, and paves the way for our regional
hosted a visit from Dr. Samuel meaningful programs to offenders. stakeholder events planned through Oc-
Huddleston, assistant superinten-                      Dr. Huddleston works for a dis- tober to begin the planning process.”
dent for the Northern California trict that represents 430 congrega-                               Participants in the Webinar included
and Nevada District Council of tions in more than 360 cities in Secretary Tilton; Marisela Montes, CDCR
the Assemblies of God, and a Northern California and Nevada. Chief Deputy Secretary, Adult Programs;
former CDCR inmate.                               More than 125,000 people led by Laurie Smith, Santa Clara County Sheriff;
      Accompanied by a group of 1,500 ministers are represented by Bob Takeshta, Deputy Director, Correc-
pastors and close friends, Dr. the district. His responsibilities in- tions Standards Authority, and Steven
Huddleston toured the prison, met clude oversight of the district’s Farugie, Project Director, Santa Barbara
with staff and inmates, and dis- smaller churches, referred to as dis- County Reentry Project.
cussed ways to partner with the                                             DVI, Page 8                             WEBINAR, Page 3
Secretary Tilton Offers Remarks at the Correctional Peace Officer Foundation Memorial
     At the annual Correctional Peace         The annual national memorial           bers of the greater community of cor-
Officer Foundation (CPOF) memo-           service was held in June and called        rectional professionals.”
rial service in Philadelphia, Secretary   Project 2000 XVIII. Correctional               Tilton recognized several honored
Jim Tilton praised attendees, saying      professionals as well as families and      guests from California. The first was
that he was “privileged to be among       friends of those who had fallen paid       Tiffany Baker, who is the daughter of
those today who are here today to         tribute to all correctional officers and   Ineasie Baker, who was slain in 1996
honor the memories of your families       other personnel who lost their lives       while working as a youth correctional
and friends.                              in the line of duty in 2006 from           counselor at the Heman G. Stark
     “Today, we give tribute by ac-       throughout the country.                    Youth Correctional Facility in Chino.
knowledging the exemplary work of             “I speak from personal experi-         Also recognized were David and
the Correctional Peace Officer Foun-      ence,” Tilton said, “when I say that       Elizabeth Gonzalez. David’s brother,
dation,” Tilton said. “The support that   your support is vital to our staff.        Correctional Officer Manuel
you provide to the families of peace      When a life is taken from one of our       Gonzalez was killed in the line of duty
officers killed in the line of duty and   own, it hurts not only the immediate       in 2005 while working at the Califor-
your advocacy for the corrections pro-    family but all of us. We are all mem-      nia Institution for Men.
fession is extraordinary.”

CSP, Solano Pioneers Vocational Program to Achieve Microsoft Certification
By SAM MOORE
Vocational Instructor
CSP, Solano
    There is excitement in the air in     tion Janet made in developing the cer-     gain a real world certification in prepa-
the Office Services and Related Tech-     tification program. Her program was        ration for their success. The certifica-
nologies (OSRT) Programs statewide!       used as the model for creation of the      tion results are verifiable on-line,
The OSRT Programs have made the           programs statewide. With her guid-         which supports the students’ credibil-
leap from being a vocational class-       ance and support, and willingness to       ity with an employer. Not only are they
room to having a direct tie with in-      share her implementation plan, CSP-        walking out with a certificate from
dustry.                                   Solano has successfully certified 17       Microsoft Corporation, but they can
                             A panel of   student-inmates in one or more of the      allow on-line access to any employer
                        OSRT        in-   Microsoft Office components.               to view the transcript of their certifi-
                        structors re-          The OSRT programs are work-           cation results.
                        vised the cur-    ing toward implementing a statewide             The OSRT instructors are grate-
                        riculum to        testing policy for the Microsoft Of-       ful to Janet Clark for providing the
                        align      with   fice Specialist Exams in Word, Ex-         support that is necessary in providing
                        community         cel, Access and PowerPoint 2003.           this vital training to our students-in-
           Janet Clark
                        colleges and           Acquisition of current technol-       mates.
adult education programs, which in-       ogy and equipment was necessary to
cludes a certification component for      instruct the students and provide a
Microsoft Office Products.                secure testing environment. The Of-
    The instructor at the California      fice of Correctional Education                          Submissions
Medical Facility, Janet Clark, has been   (OCE) had a panel of OSRT instruc-              Staff News publicizes staff activi-
                                                                                          ties, innovative programs, and trans-
a pioneer in implementing Microsoft       tors prepare ordering forms that                mits important information to the
Office Specialist Certification and has   would help the instructors with the             rank-and-file. To this end, we need
been very successful in providing a       cumbersome technology approval                  stories and pictures to be submit-
high level of training to her student-    process.                                        ted for publication. Please send
inmates.                                       Along with funding allocated to            your submissions to:
    The OSRT instructors statewide        the OSRT Programs, this has created             CDCRnews@cdcr.ca.gov
would like to recognize the contribu-     an environment in which students

                                                        Staff News 2
Expert Panel on Corrections Reform Offers California a
Roadmap for Reducing Recidivism and Overcrowding
    As part of the state’s commit-         Schwarzenegger this year,” said            cantly impact overcrowding and re-
ment to comprehensive prison re-           CDCR Secretary James Tilton. “The          duce its inmate population. The
form, a panel of national experts ad-      panel’s innovative work provides a         population reductions could result in
vising the CDCR recently released a        cutting edge roadmap to reduce over-       estimated annual savings of $561 to
report titled “A Roadmap for Effective     crowding and bring California up to        $684 million after considering the
Offender Programming in California.”       speed with other states.”                  additional investment costs for reha-
    The report was commissioned by              The report recommends new             bilitation facilities and programs.
the California State Legislature, and      models for in-prison rehabilitation             “The key to reducing the number
provides recommendations for im-           programs, risk assessment tools for        of inmates who return to prison lies
proving the state’s rehabilitation         analyzing parole revocation decisions,     in matching the needs of individual
model, as well as strategies to signifi-   and other methods to reduce recidi-        inmates to evidence-based rehabilita-
cantly reduce recidivism and over-         vism and end the perpetual over-           tion programs,” said expert panel co-
crowding.                                  crowding crisis the state has faced in     chair, and rehabilitation strike team
    “The expert panel’s report will        recent years. The report suggests that     member Dr. Joan Petersilia. “Prepar-
serve as a tool for implementing the       if all of the panel’s recommendations      ing offenders for a crime-free and suc-
historic corrections reforms that were     were adopted, California could signifi-    cessful life upon release will ulti-
signed into law by Governor                                                                                (Please see Expert, Page 9)

WEBINAR..(From page seven)                                 • Monterey: San Benito, Santa Cruz, San Luis Obispo and
     “This collaborative relationship couldn’t have            Monterey counties (July 30)
happened without the participation of numerous             •   Orange: San Bernardino, Riverside and Orange counties
regional and public safety agencies throughout Cali-           (August 8)
fornia,” Montes said. “These partners are critical to      •   San Diego: Imperial and San Diego counties (August 20)
a smooth transition for inmates as they return to
the communities from which they came. It is our
                                                           •   Sacramento: Alpine, Calaveras, San Joaquin, Solano,
                                                               Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Nevada, Yuba, Sutter, Yolo,
goal to ensure they have the best chance possible
                                                               Colusa, Sierra and Sacramento counties (August 24)
for success.”
     CDCR partnered with the California State Sher-        •   Fresno: Kings, Tulare, Madera, Merced, Mariposa,
iffs’ Association, the California State Association            Stanislaus, Tuolumne, Kern and Fresno counties (Au-
of Counties, the League of California Cities, the              gust 29)
Chief Probation Officer’s Association, the Califor-                                                      (Please see Webinar, Page 4)
nia Mental Health Director’s Association, the
County Alcohol & Drug Program Administrator’s
Association of California, and the Association of
California Cities Allied with Prisons to help in-
form local community stakeholders on provisions
of AB 900 pertaining to secure community reen-
try facilities through this webinar.
     This webinar segues the Department’s effort
to conduct a series of nine regional workshop
scheduled from July 30 until early October to re-
cruit and educate local and regional government
on the reentry centers.
     The workshops will be conducted in the fol-
lowing cities (some dates firm, others tentative),
servicing outlying counties. They include:
                                                                          The Webinar used live streaming video to detail reentry plans.

                                                        Staff News 3
Webinar         (From page three)

• Sonoma: Marin, Napa, Lake,                  bara and Los Angeles counties among the provisions of Assembly
   Mendocino and Sonoma coun-                 (October 5)                            Bill 900 are funding for 16,000 beds
   ties (September 10)                                                               in secure community reentry facili-
• Shasta: Del Norte, Siskiyou,                To view the Webinar, please visit ties. These facilities will enable
   Modoc, Humboldt, Trinity,             the link under “recent news” on the CDCR and local communities to cre-
   Lassen, Tehama, Plumas,               CDCR website at                             ate an unprecedented continuity of
   Glenn, Butte, Sierra and Shasta            http://www.cdcr.ca.gov                 care to provide support services.
   counties (September 14)                                                                To learn more about CDCR’s ag-
                                              In May 2007, Governor Arnold gressive reform and rehabilitation ef-
• San Mateo: San Francisco, Santa
                                         Schwarzenegger signed Assembly Bill forts, please visit the following link
   Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa
                                         900, the Public Safety and Offender Reha- at: http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/Commu-
   and San Mateo counties (Sep-
                                         bilitation Services Act of 2007, a historic nications/ssFactsNews.html
   tember 19 or 21 – tentative)
                                         prison refor m agreement. Chief
• Los Angeles: Ventura, Santa Bar-

First Annual Risk Summit Recognizes Excellence
     This spring, CDCR’s Office of       Youth Correctional Facility showing           well, Correctional Plant Manager II.
Risk Management (ORM) conducted          the most improvement in costs ex-             Chief Pettit credits Warden James A.
its first annual Risk Summit, entitled   pressed as a percentage of payroll for        Yates and the executive staff support
“Mission Possible.”                      the Division of Juvenile Justice facili-      and willingness to listen to staff ideas,
      Risk Management Best Practices     ties.                                         allowing them to take an active role
awards were presented based on                3. Program of the Year - North           in safety. As a co-recipient of the
nominations received from the field.     Kern State Prison, for reducing their         award, Plant Manager Maxwell places
In addition to specific program          costs by 3.76 percent expressed as a          employee safety as a top priority in
awards, nominations were received        percentage of payroll over the last five      Plant Operations.
from wardens hailing the exceptional     fiscal years. It also has a very active
work of their return-to-work coordi-     and dynamic Safety Committee.                     5. Return-To-Work Coordina-
nators. Those individuals were sub-                                                    tor of the Year - Mary Espinoza,
sequently awarded the Extra Mile                                                       Pleasant Valley State Prison. Ms.
Awards (EMAs) were presented to                                                        Espinoza is credited by her Warden
return-to-work coordinators (RTWC)                                                     for having a proactive approach to the
in recognition of going above and                                                      management of the workers’ com-
beyond expectations in the perfor-                                                     pensation program, taking the time
mance of their challenging assign-                                                     necessary to listen and evaluate the
ments.                                                                                 needs of claimants, and intervening
     The following awards were pre-                                                    in critical cases.
sented:
                                                                                                 6. Best Incident Response to
    1. Most Improved Worker’s                                                                a Health & Safety Hazard - Wasco
Compensation Program (FY05-                                                                  State Prison, Fire Chief John Finney
06) for a Division of Adult Facili-                                                          and Associate Hazardous Materials
                                         Chris Pettit, (l) Fire Chief, Pleasant Valley State
ties - Sierra Conservation Center        Prison, accepts an award from Bonnie Kolesar, Specialist Dave Barton.
showing the most improvement in          Assistant Secretary for the ORM.                         7. Extra Mile Award – Pre-
costs expressed as a percentage of                                                           sented to Terri McKay, RTWC, San
payroll for the adult institutions.            4. Most Innovative Safety Quentin State Prison. Ms. McKay is
    2. Most Improved Worker’s             Committee Program - Pleasant Val- awarded this honor based on her ex-
Compensation Program (FY05-               ley State Prison presented to Chris cellent customer service, and her at-
06) for a Youth facility - Ventura        Pettit, Fire Chief, and Spencer Max-
                                                                                                        (Please see RISK, Page 10)

                                                        Staff News 4
Division of Juvenile Justice Green Sheet
Heman G. Stark Wards Witness Debut of Self-Penned Play
By JENNIFER HEATHERTON
Supervising Casework Specialist
Heman G. Stark YCF

    On June 30 a professional artist
presented the formal “read-through”
of an original play written by 15 ju-
venile offenders from the Heman G.
Stark Youth Correctional Facility.
    Approximately 50 people at-
tended the debut before a live audi-
ence, including family of the wards,
friends and outside guests. Media
was in attendance, including a re-
porter from the Inland Valley Daily
Bulletin.
    The effort was made possible
through an alliance with the South-
ern California-based Unusual Suspects
Theatre Company — a non-profit or-                                  Wards pose with members of the Unusual Suspects Theatre Company.
ganization of professional artists who       “The myriad of talent of youth              “This program has been an innova-
work to bring theatre arts to youth,     in the DJJ is often unrecognized until          tive way for our youth to creatively
ages 12-21, from the foster care and     volunteer groups such as ‘Unusual               enhance their communication skills
juvenile justice systems. The wards      Suspects’ makes an investment in                and work cooperatively. This has
spent seven weeks with the theatre       time, effort and in this case – train-          given them confidence and the feel-
company, learning the basics of the-     ing,” said Bernard Warner, Chief                ing of self-respect.”
atre, script writing and role-playing.   Deputy Secretary of Juvenile Justice.               Warner acknowledged the role of
                                                                                                              (Please see Play, Page 6)


From DJJ to Pelican Bay to Learn Gang Awareness
By HOLLY EVANS
Ombudsman,
                                                                                         miliarize ourselves with the institu-
Pelican Bay State Prison                                                                 tion.
     Several staff members from the                                                          On our second day at “the bay”
DJJ Preston Youth Correctional Fa-                                                       we arrived around 0730 hours. The
cility (PYCF) visited Pelican Bay                                                        DJJ staff members were introduced
State Prison (PBSP) in June for train-                                                   to the executive staff in the morning
ing focused on gang awareness and                                                        meeting. After the staff meeting,
                                          Attendees gather for training.                 Devan Hawkes, Correctional Coun-
information sharing specific to gang
interdiction.                                                                            selor II, PBSP Gang Specialist
                                         the group arrived at Pelican Bay. Upon
     Erick Contreras, Parole Agent I,                                                    greeted the DJJ group in the In-Ser-
                                         our arrival we were greeted and
DJJ Gang Coordinator, Sam Fabila,                                                        vice Training (IST) building with a
                                         promptly fitted into our vests. DJJ
Lieutenant, and Ron Adams, Youth                                                         power point presentation that he pre-
                                         staff introductions were brief and we
Correctional Officer were among the                                                      pared for them. Devan spent approxi-
                                         were immediately off to tour the
DJJ staff from PYCF to visit PBSP.                                                       mately four hours with the group in
                                         prison with Lt. Ken Thomas, the fa-
     Following an eight-hour drive,                                                      this classroom setting discussing,
                                         cility public information officer, to fa-                            (Please see DJJ, Page 6)


                                                         Staff News 5
PLAY..(From page five)
staff that provides treatment and                  ships with others, he begins to see       and also because of their willingness
training to wards at the Stark facility,           there is more out there than the street   to participate,” said Melissa Denton,
specifically highlighting the efforts of           life. Two wards sang songs they wrote     Program Manager of The Unusual Sus-
Program Administrator Joe Hartigan,                for the play and two other wards read     pects Theatre Company. After the play,
as well as the author of this article.             poems they wrote. With The Unusual        the wards were presented with certifi-
Both reached out to the theatre group              Suspects Theatre program, the Stark       cates for their participation. The
to assist with several wards that                  wards spent time working on devel-        wards were excited to be able to
would benefit from the project.                    oping and writing the play with peers     mingle with the artists, the invited
     The wards learned theatre and                 of different races and gang affilia-      guests and family.
writing techniques, as well as writing             tions, and with adults in a support-           “As we continue to work on the
and producing. In time, the wards will             ive role.                                 rehabilitative process of the young
perform their own work for parents,                      “We all come from different         adult offenders, this is an example of
friends, peers, and staff. This experi-            backgrounds and we all came to-           the growth that they experience with
ence exposed the wards to creativity,              gether to understand,” said Stark         community support,” Heman G. Stark
new thoughts about adults and their                ward Jeremy. Ward Diego said, “We         Superintendent Ramon Martinez said.
peers, and pride of accomplishment.                put all our pennies together and we       “We thank The Unusual Suspects The-
     The play entitled, Hustler’s                  made millions.”                           atre project in devoting their efforts
Epiphany, is about a young man who                       “The wards at Heman G. Stark        to assisting these young men at a criti-
is street wise but very immature and               Youth Correctional Facility were un-      cal time in their life-skills develop-
unable to be responsible for any                   like any we had worked with in the        ment.”
length of time. Through his relation-              past, primarily because of their ages

DJJ...(From page five)
modeling, teaching, facilitating, and            began to work with the Pelican Bay
                                                                                             Federal Bureau of Investigation
explaining. With Devan’s ability to              Investigative Services Unit. This
                                                                                             (FBI), and other local law enforce-
mesmerize the group with historical              team graciously provided a detailed
                                                                                             ment agencies.
data, trend analysis, and practical ap-          account of their direct and indirect
                                                                                                 Rivers Drown, ISU Correctional
plications, the four hour “classroom”            interactions with the Institutional
                                                                                             Officer spent the remainder of his
instructional period flew by without             Gang Investigators (IGI) and how
                                                                                             evening providing a tour for the DJJ
pause.                                           these teams collaborate to obtain
                                                                                             staff of the areas in the facility that
    After a short lunch break, the DJJ           maximum results.
                                                                                             were not included in the tour on day
                                                                        The ISU staff
                                                                                             one. The DJJ staff recognized and
                                                                   walked the DJJ
                                                                                             spoke with several former DJJ wards,
                                                                   staff through the
                                                                                             now PBSP inmates. The DJJ crew was
                                                                   most      sensitive
                                                                                             greeted by the inmates with smiles
                                                                   methods by which
                                                                                             and eager dialogue.
                                                                   they monitor and
                                                                                                      On the final day, Devan, ser-
                                                                   gather various gang
                                                                                             geants James Barneburg, Dave
                                                                   related intelligence.
                                                                                             Barneburg, Joe Beeson, correctional
                                                                   They further de-
                                                                                             officers Jesse Puente, Terrence
                                                                   scribed their rela-
                                                                                             Buchanan, Dan Milligan, and Cory
                                                                   tionship in working
                                                                                             Countess and other ISU and IGI staff
                                                                   with and providing
                                                                                             met the DJJ staff and worked all
                                                                   mutual aid to the
                                                                                             morning. They were busy gathering
El Paso de Robles Youth Correctional Facility raised $3,400 during Bureau of Alcohol,
National Crime Victims’ Rights Week for two organizations in San                             intelligence data at the request of an
                                                                   Tobacco, and Fire-
Luis Obispo County. checks were presented to the North County                                outside law enforcement agency that
Women’s Shelter and the San Luis Obispo County Child Abuse         arms (ATF), the
Prevention Council. Each agency received $1,700.                                             was investigating a homicide.
                                                                                                                (Please see DJJ, Page 8)
                                                                 Staff News 6
SCC Pre-Release Guru                                            CDCR Fire Crews Tackle Angora
Rides Into the Sunset                                           Lake Tahoe Fire
By DENNIS BUTCHER
Sierra Conservation Center


    Dan Ryan, a Pre-Release teacher and “Living Free”
inmate facilitator trainer who recently retired, was hon-
ored at his last inmate facilitator event, known by many
as “the last roundup.” Ryan was honored after training
his last group of volunteers, “Living Free” Camp, in-
mate facilitators at Sierra Conservation Center (SCC)
in early June.
    Ryan has trained hundreds of facilitators to ser-
vice the 44 fire camps. He has trained pre-release
teachers across the state. As well as leading the writing
of the pre-release/reentry curriculum in 1992 and then
again in1998-1999. He was a key participant in the              Members of the Pine Grove Fire Camp assemble for instructions for the day.
                                                                The Pine Grove crew was joined by hundreds of other inmate firefighters from
pre-release video series, “Living Free” in 1995 and             across the state to fight the Angora Fire near Lake Tahoe. The Pine Grove
1999. Mr. Ryan was honored as the CEA, Region VII               crew was dispatched on June 24, and we returned to Pine Grove on July 2. The
Teacher of the Year in 1985. He was also selected as            fire burned more than 3,000 acres, destroyed 242 homes, 67 additional buildings
                                                                and damaged 35 another homes.
the Outstanding Teacher in Tuolumne County School
for 1995-1996.
                                    (Please see SCC, Page 10)                                         Staff News
DJJ...(From page six)                                                                            The Electronic Edition
                                                                                                 The Staff News is published monthly
    Although no link was discovered            Following the success of this pro-                by the Department of Corrections and
to the homicide or the suspects, other    gram, we would like to invite inter-                   Rehabilitation Office of Public and
important gang material was discov-       ested parties to participate in similar                Employee Communications.
ered (some by the DJJ investigators).     opportunities. We strongly feel that by
This included a detailed history of the   continuing to open the doors of com-                       Arnold Schwarzenegger
                                                                                                                Governor
Nuestra Familia, and evidence that        munication between the juvenile
                                                                                                          James E. Tilton
the gang’s mandatory exercise pro-        justice and adult divisions, we will                             CDCR Secretary
gram referenced as the “maquina”          facilitate the professional growth and                            Oscar Hidalgo
(“machine”) was created by the            development necessary to meet the                                Executive Editor
Nuestra Familia. As a result, the evi-    demands of the future. We certainly                              George Kostyrko
                                                                                                           Managing Editor
dence will likely result in the gang      have the expertise within our depart-
members’ extension of six years in the    ment and are excited about fully uti-                             Margot Bach
Security Housing Unit (SHU).              lizing these cross training opportuni-                           Cheryl Campoy
    Before we left for the evening, we    ties with the eventual goal of sharing                          Jonathan Parsley
participated in tour of the Estell Pro-   this information with the cadets in                              George Nyberg
                                                                                                             Eric Owens
gram, led by Warden Bob Horel, and        the academy. We support the
                                                                                                            Scott Sabicer
PBSP Principal Trish Quinn. The           Governor’s plan to combat gang vio-                                 Bill Sessa
Estell Program is an educational pro-     lence in California through the Cali-                          Christopher Strattan
gram for inmates with limited access      fornia gang reduction, intervention,                             Terry Thornton
to the general population. We were        and prevention program (CalGRIP)                                   Seth Unger
                                                                                                            Contributors
excited about the tour and to learn       and hope to do our part through edu-
about the program.                        cation, suppression, and intervention.

                                                          Staff News 7
DVI...(From page one)                             was in that cell that God began to talk decades ago and never came back,”
trict affiliate churches, and missions to me and that was the beginning for DVI Warden Claude Finn said. “I am
programs including college outreach me,” he said.                                                 also honored that Dr. Huddleston has
programs, prison ministry and drug                      Dr. Huddleston, Warden Finn, a always gone into prisons to assist oth-
rehabilitation.                                   group of pastors and
      In addition to traveling around friends, and corrections
the world to speak and to teach, Dr. staff toured the prison
Huddleston also serves on various starting with receiving
boards and committees and is an au- and release, the first
thor, pastor, husband, and father.                stop for incoming in-
      It’s not the first time Dr. mates and the last stop
Huddleston has partnered with the when they are paroled.
department. From 1988 to 1994, he                       “This is where I was
was the executive director of Match brought in almost 36
Two Prisoner Outreach, the largest years ago,” Huddleston
and most successful prison visitation recalled. “I have visited
program in the nation at the time.                many prisons over the
      But it is neither Dr. Huddleston’s years, but DVI always
                                                                                Dr. Huddleston with inmates. He counseled them to not let their
history of working with prisons nor gets to me.”                                differences interfere with treatment options that come their way.
his position in the second largest As-                  As the group toured
semblies of God district in the United the housing units, a heavily tattooed ers in not returning to a life of crime
States that motivated him to visit inmate approached to ask who the and incarceration,” Finn added.
DVI.                                              visitors were.                                       Dr. Huddleston stopped to talk
      Dr. Huddleston wanted to visit                    “This is Dr. Sam Huddleston. with the heavily tattooed inmate, giv-
cell J-136.                                                  He’s a pastor and an author ing him words of counsel and encour-
                                                             and he was incarcerated here agement. The two spent several min-
                                                             when he was 17,” a CDCR utes talking together, their eyes
                                                             employee explained.                  locked in to one another’s, a palpable
                                                                 “That’s             Pastor unspoken bond connecting them.
                                                             Huddleston?” the inmate                   Many inmates knew of Dr.
                                                             exclaimed. “I know him! I            Huddleston from reading his book.
                                                             read his book.”                      Patiently, the distinguished-looking
                                                                 Dr. Huddleston served pastor stopped and spoke to every
                                                             four years, nine months and man who approached him, offering
                                                             one day at DVI and Sierra guidance and praying with many of
                                                             Conservation Center. Dur- them. On the main yard, Dr.
                                                             ing his incarceration, he sur- Huddleston conversed with a young
Dr. Huddleston (l) stands with Warden Finn in front of the
cell he occupied in 1971.                                    rendered his life to Christ. 18-year old inmate for some time, giv-
                                                             His autobiography, 5 Years to ing him a hug and a gentle fatherly
      “I was given a five-years-to-life Life, chronicles the story of his youth, slap on his arm before departing. He
sentence when I was 17 years old,” his life of alcohol and drug abuse, his stopped and spoke with a large group
Dr. Huddleston explained. “I was a incarceration, and his transformation. of white inmates and a large group
disappointment to my father,” he All of the proceeds generated from of black inmates. The two groups of
said, his voice cracking as the memo- book sales and from his non-profit inmates at first determinedly kept
ries come flooding back to him.                   ministry go toward supplying inmates their distance from each other until
      He pauses for a long time, his eyes with copies of the book.                                Dr. Huddleston encouraged the two
welling up with tears before continu-                   “As a taxpayer, Californian, and groups to come together and pose for
ing.                                              warden, I am very proud of the fact a picture with him and the other pas-
      “I was an angry young man, but it that Dr. Sam Huddleston left prison
                                                                                                                         (Please see DVI, Page 9)
                                                                    Staff News 8
DVI...(From page one)                         At the end of the day, it was ap-       “I have been blessed and God
tors. They prayed with the inmates        parent that the visit to DVI brought    has restored my life. I have a wife and
before continuing on with the tour in     back many memories for Dr.              a family. I’ve achieved an education
the prison’s general population areas,    Huddleston, while at the same time,     and I travel around the world search-
Prison Industry Authority furniture       provided him with a renewed focus       ing for lost people,” Huddleston said.
making operation, and Z-Dorm, a           and energy into pursuing his mission    “God has reminded me that this was
large building once used for recre-       of reaching out to people, both those   His purpose for me all along.”
ational activities before it was con-     imprisoned by bars and those impris-        To learn more, visit http://
verted into a dorm that now houses        oned by their pain.                     www.fiveyearstolife.com/
hundreds of inmates.

EXPERT...(From page one)
mately improve public safety.”         Recommendation 2 – Enact                        Recommendation 7 – Develop
                                   legislation to expand positive rein-
     “The expert panel’s report will be                                           systems and procedures to collect
                                   forcements for offenders who com-
an invaluable tool for the strike teams                                           and use programming process
and CDCR policy implementers,” saidplete rehabilitation programs and              and outcome measures. This will
expert panel chair and Chief Deputyfollow the rules. CDCR must im-                allow CDCR to determine the effec-
                                   prove on matching offender needs
Secretary of Adult Programs Marisela                                              tiveness of programs, reasons for
Montes. “The roadmap will allow thewith program objectives.                       outcomes, and ways to improve.
state to accelerate plans to carry out Recommendation 3 – Select                       Recommendation 8 – Con-
the department’s renewed mission ofand use a risk assessment tool to              tinue to develop and strengthen
rehabilitation.”                   assess an offender’s risk to                   formal partnerships with commu-
     The CDCR Expert Panel on Adultreoffend. Risk assessments tools               nity stakeholders. This will im-
                                   have been used for parolees, and
Offender Reentry and Recidivism Reduc-                                            prove coordination of transition ser-
tion Programs comprises some of theshould be expanded to assess all of-           vices for offenders moving from
best and brightest minds on correc-fenders.                                       prison to their home communities.
tions and rehabilitation from across   Recommendation 4 – Deter-                       Recommendation 9 – Modify
the country. Members were chosen   mine offender rehabilitation pro-              community based programs to
                                   gramming based on the results of
for their broad experience in rehabili-                                           ensure they target the crime pat-
                                   assessment tools that identify and
tation, education, correctional admin-                                            terns of offenders, meet their ba-
                                   measure risks and needs. CDCR
istration, psychology, and organiza-                                              sic needs upon return, and iden-
                                   should develop and use a risk-needs
tional development. The panel’s rec-                                              tify risk factors in their home com-
                                   matrix to assign offenders to program-
ommendations are based on scientific                                              munity.
                                   ming.
research and evidence and reflect the                                                  Recommendation 10 – En-
best practices used by correctional    Recommendation 5 – Create                  gage the community to help re-
agencies       in    other         and monitor a behavior manage-
                                states.                                           duce likelihood offenders will re-
The expert panel made 11 key rec-  ment (or case) plan for each of-               turn to a life of crime. Critical
ommendations. Some relate to areas fender. Case plans are critical to as-         thinking, positive relationships, and
that are being addressed through ABsigning offenders to the right pro-            healthy behaviors are critical to of-
900, the comprehensive reform pack-grams.                                         fenders’ success upon release.
age signed into law in May 2007.       Recommendation 6 – Select                       Recommendation 11 – De-
Others seek additional legislation,and deliver a core set of programs             velop structured guidelines to re-
while some suggestions may be ac-  for offenders that cover major of-             spond to technical parole viola-
complished administratively.       fender areas. These include aca-               tions, based on risk and serious-
     Summary of Key Expert Panel   demic, vocational and financial; alco-         ness. Sanctions and incentives are
Recommendations:                   hol and drugs; anger management;               important tools.
                                   criminal thinking; family; and sex of-              A list of panel members and the
   Recommendation 1 – Reduce fenses.                                              panel’s full report is available on
overcrowding in prison facilities.                                                CDCR’s website, www.cdcr.ca.gov.
                                                        Staff News 9
RISK..(From page four)
titude and willingness to assist injured   tise and approachability. She is re-           Creating a culture of safety at
workers during the claims process to       spected by both claimants and man-         CDCR remains a priority, and reward-
ensure a speedy recovery and return        agement                                    ing those who demonstrate exemplary
to work.                                       9. Extra Mile Award - Danielle         performance and outcomes will con-
      8. Extra Mile Award – Pre-           Brennan, RTWC, California State            tinue to be acknowledged by the Of-
sented to Betty Rodriguez, RTWC,           Prison, Solano. Ms. Brennan is cred-       fice of Risk Management. So, please
Valley State Prison for Women. Ms.         ited for her hard work, diligence and      keep an eye out for the call for nomi-
Rodriguez helped VSPW’s RTW pro-           effectiveness as a Return-to-Work          nations in the coming months in ad-
gram become one of the best in the         Coordinator.                               vance of next year’s Risk Summit!
state. Her peers applaud her exper-

SCC..(From page seven)                     CDCR Continues Temporary
     Ryan has had a profound impact
on many lives. He spoke of internal-       Out-of-State Inmate Transfers
izing a phrase he learned from Mr.         Transfers to Tennessee and Mississippi will help reduce short term overcrowding
Ryan, One inmate impacted remem-           while reforms are implemented
bered one of Ryan’s favorite sayings,
                             “If it’s to        The CDCR transferred another 42       improve the safety of our prisons both
                             be, it’s up   inmates on July 20 to out-of-state         for inmates and staff while the
                             to me”.       correctional facilities in Tennessee       Governor’s comprehensive reforms
                             T h i s       and Mississippi, as part of its effort     are fully implemented.”
                             former in-    to reduce overcrowding and increase             The transfer of inmates out of
                             m a t e       space for rehabilitation programs.         state was begun in response to an
                             wrote of           Forty of the inmates were trans-      Emergency Order issued by Gover-
                             the suc-      ferred to the Tallahatchie County          nor Schwarzenegger in October 2006,
                             cess he       Detention Facility in Tutwiler, Mis-       but was halted in November while
                             accom-        sissippi, marking the first time that      the state’s authority to move the in-
                             plished       CDCR has used that facility. In addi-      mates was challenged in lawsuits. In
                             outside       tion, two inmates were sent to the         February        2007,       Governor
                             of prison     West Tennessee Detention Facility,         Schwarzenegger signed AB 900, The
Dan Ryan                     believing     joining 78 California inmates who          Public Safety and Offender Rehabili-
                             in him-       have been housed there since last          tation Act of 2007, that clarified the
self and using his skills to establish a   October.                                   authority of CDCR to temporarily
successful business. This man says,             Including 316 inmates housed in       transfer inmates to private facilities
jubilantly, “I’ve made it back”.           the Florence (Arizona) Detention           in other states, which was resumed
     Mary Lou Anderson, a former           Facility, today’s transfers bring to 436   on June 1.
Pre-Release teacher who worked with        the number of California inmates                Prior to the transfers July 20, all
Dan on the curriculum writing com-         housed in out of state correctional        inmates housed in out of state facili-
mittee said, “Dan has been dedicated       facilities, all of which are contracted    ties were volunteers. The 40 inmates
to Re-Entry and has shared his exper-      with and operated by the Correctional      transferred to the Tallahatchie County
tise with students and teachers, try-      Corporation of America (CCA),              Detention Facility were the first in-
ing to get inmates to make the right       based in Nashville, TN.                    mates who did not volunteer to be
choices to stay out of prison and               “The temporary out of state           moved out of state. The transfers
move on to a new life, one without         transfer of inmates will provide im-       were safely conducted without inci-
razor wire and concrete block walls.”      mediate relief to California’s prison      dent. The two inmates sent to the
     Ryan began his career with the        system,” said CDCR Secretary James         West Tennessee Detention Facility
California Department of Corrections       Tilton. “Relieving overcrowding will       volunteered for the transfer.
and Rehabilitation (CDCR) in 1982.
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