Monday, June 14, 2010

CDCR Announces a New, More Expansive Website

June 14, 2010

Gordon Hinkle
(916) 445-4950

SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) announced several improvements to its website to ease navigation, incorporates daily blogs and upcoming events as well as a new layout style and easier access to archived information. The improvements to what was already an award-winning website demonstrates CDCR’s goal to increase the public’s access to information.

"Our department has made a concentrated effort to expand and improve our communications efforts as evident by these enhancements to our website. The improvements allow us to better communicate with our stakeholders, and the general public on the issues important to them," said CDCR's Secretary, Matthew Cate.

In addition to the latest news stories and featured links, CDCR Internet Development Team has added daily news blogs for each main area of interest allowing for quicker updates on the latest stories important to the state’s correctional system. These blogs also archive information on their specific topics going back to 1996, and are searchable through Google.

“CDCR is dedicated to continually improving its communications efforts and providing information sharing tools with the public via our website,” said CDCR’s Assistant Secretary of Communications, Oscar Hidalgo.

For those interested in tracking a specific topic related to CDCR, the RSS feed enables a visitor to subscribe for instant updates to particular blogs on the website.

Visitors to the CDCR website can also get to a variety of social media outlets, including Facebook and Twitter, from a link on any page. Those sites provide even more information through expanded social networking and interaction. Access to daily news clips via the “CDCR Star” is also featured throughout the site.

Overall, the new site structure incorporates a common sense approach that allows access to the information you need, whenever you may need it.

In 2009, CDCR’s website was awarded the Gold Award, “Best State Website”, by the State Information Officers Council (SIOC). At the 2010 SIOC Awards Ceremony, CDCR once again received top honors for its website by winning Gold and Silver Awards in the “Website” and “Use of Social Media” categories.