SACRAMENTO – Today, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) announced its annual calendar of holiday community benefit activities, organized by hundreds of CDCR employees statewide.
More than 44 activities and events will help to feed, clothe, or bring toys to needy families and children statewide. Food and donations to purchase food will feed hundreds as the holidays approach and cold weather sets in.
“Our employees have really stepped up to help local communities and needy families this year,” said CDCR Secretary Matthew Cate. “The holiday, charitable events and fundraisers underway by staff and inmates at institutions and field offices across California will help to brighten the holidays for those less fortunate,” he continued.
Some holiday activities involve work offenders who have spent months creating crafts or rebuilding bicycles. In Sacramento, a group of juvenile offenders from Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp helped decorate the historic Governor’s Mansion in Sacramento for the holidays.
“The generosity and good will shown by our staff is impressive,” said Cate. “Because of their efforts, a few hundred more children will have a shiny bicycle, and others got to eat a warm Thanksgiving meal. We feel we are making a difference in our communities.”
CDCR oversees 33 adult state prisons ranging from minimum to maximum-custody, 44 conservation camps, 12 community correctional facilities and six facilities designed for inmate mothers and their children. For offenders released to parole, four parole regions oversee 190 parole units and sub-units in 84 separate locations. CDCR also oversees five facilities for juvenile offenders and regional parole offices for youths on parole. Nearly 67,000 employees oversee more than 317,000 offenders in institutions and on parole.