Thursday, October 16, 2014

California State Prison-Solano and Solano Community College Partner to Provide Classroom-Based Education to Inmates

First agreement of its kind

SACRAMENTO—Last night, the Solano Community College District Governing Board approved an agreement with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) to provide college credit courses to qualifying inmates at California State Prison-Solano. The inmates will receive instruction from faculty at Solano Community College.

This is the first agreement between CDCR and a California community college since Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 1391 last month.

SB 1391 allows California Community Colleges to receive full funding for course instruction offered on-site in state prisons and will expand the courses offered to inmates.

“It’s an investment not only in the individual offender, but in public safety as a whole,” said Millicent Tidwell, Director of CDCR’s Division of Rehabilitative Programs. “The vast majority of inmates will eventually return to our communities, we have an obligation to society to return them better prepared to deal with life’s challenges than when they came in to prison.”

Previously, college courses at most California prisons were only available to inmates through digital recordings and distance learning. SB 1391 will now fund college courses to be taught directly inside the prisons.

To supplement the distance-learning model, CDCR’s Voluntary Education Program has been providing instructors to offer tutoring, test-proctoring, guidance, and access to used textbooks in prison libraries to help inmate-students with their course work.

Providing inmates with education, both academic and career technical education, is key to giving inmates the best shot of finding employment and being successful in their transition back into society.

“The District is excited to teach courses to Solano County prison inmates,” shared Dr. Jowel C. Laguerre, SCC Superintendent-President.  “Education is the key to unlocking one’s future, therefore, it is Solano Community College’s responsibility to respond and deliver services to those who want to improve their future opportunities. Being a part of the solution to reduce recidivism in individuals currently serving time, but will one day rejoin society- is our business!”

While state and local authorities are taking measures to prevent people from committing crimes and being sent to prison in the first place, CDCR is committed to doing what it can to prevent inmates from re-offending and returning to prison after their release.

Inmates enrolled in college courses pay for the tuition and supplies through either a Board of Governor’s Fee Waiver or friends and family. Tuition is not paid through the CDCR budget.

As of July 2014, CDCR had 6,855 inmates enrolled in college courses and approximately 41,000 enrolled in Adult Basic Education courses who are working to obtain their high school diploma or general education degree.

Some colleges, such as Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga and Patten University in Oakland, have been sending volunteer instructors to provide classroom-based college courses and assistance to inmates for years. Before the passage of SB 1391, these colleges were not compensated for providing the instruction.

CDCR currently partners with over 27 nationally recognized, accredited college programs statewide. CDCR will continue to work with California Community Colleges to bring similar agreements to prisons statewide.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 16, 2014
Contact: Dana Simas         
(916) 445-4950

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Agents Seek Information on Missing Medical Parolee

New Pictures of Robert Virgil Taylor Released

Eastern San Diego County- Agents from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s (CDCR) Office of Correctional Safety are seeking the public’s help in locating Robert Virgil Taylor.  The former medical parolee is a fugitive from justice and anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to immediately call 911.


Taylor, 50, is missing from the convalescent home where he lived in Eastern San Diego County.  Taylor, who uses a wheelchair, was last seen on Wednesday afternoon, October 1, 2014.  He remains at large. 

It is believed that someone may have helped him leave the facility.  His wheelchair was found in a nearby lot.

Taylor is described as a 6-foot tall African-American man with brown eyes and black hair.  He weighs about 230 pounds.

Taylor, who requires constant medical attention, was released to medical parole in June. He may seek medical help so all healthcare personnel are asked to remain vigilant. 

Taylor’s criminal history includes several convictions for robbery, along with kidnapping, burglary, assault and bringing a weapon to prison. 


Medical parole, which became law January 1, 2011, allows CDCR to parole physically-incapacitated state prison inmates who require 24-hour medical care. Currently, California has 23 medical parolees living in skilled nursing units in California.

The following are photos of Taylor taken during the last three years.


 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OCTOBER 15, 2014

CONTACT: LUIS PATINO
(916) 445-4950
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