Author Archives: Krissi Khokhobashvili

Mock crash but a real inmate jolts high school students

By Krissi Khokhobashvili When Kaitlin Bennett got behind the wheel of her car after having drinks with a friend in 2012, she didn’t know her decision would have devastating effects. Speeding and running a red light, she crashed into a vehicle carrying five teenagers. A few were ejected and suffered major injuries. Bennett woke up […]

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Women Prisoners Learn Computer Skills

By Krissi Khokhobashvili, CDCR Public Information Officer Office of Public and Employee Communications Photo by Alan Barrett-CALPIA Photographer Monica Oliva may have spent the last 13 years in prison, but now, as she prepares to go home, she said those years were time well spent. “Although it is prison, I try to look at it as, ‘You know what? I’m going to use this […]

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Firefighters Up for Wildfire Challenge

By Krissi Khokhobashvili CDCR Public Information Officer The firefighters were sitting on the ground, sweaty, dirty and tired. They had just hiked 4.2 miles along a rugged trail, the sun beating down on them as they trudged along. Each man was dressed head to toe in flame-retardant gear, lugging heavy tools and drinking water. The […]

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‘Bus Program’ Reconnects California’s Women Prisoners With Their Children

By Kristina Khokhobashvili CDCR Public Information Officer Mother’s Day was always especially difficult for Iyasmine Harris. While incarcerated in county jail, she gave birth to her son, Eddie. He went to live with family the day he was born, and, financial and geographical difficulties made visiting nearly impossible when she was sentenced to state prison. […]

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San Quentin’s Inmate Radio Crew Honored With Award

By Krissi Khokhobashvili Stories of hope, recovery and rehabilitation are hitting the airwaves thanks to an inmate-run radio program at San Quentin. Now in its third year, the hardworking San Quentin Prison Report (SQPR) radio crew can now say they are an award-winning radio station. The inmates, staff and volunteers who create the program were […]

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Women Build Their Future Careers With Technical Education Programs

By Krissi Khokhobashvili Fifty-five incarcerated women are well on their way to a rehabilitation “home run.” Dozens of women received vocational certificates from the California Prison Industry Authority (CALPIA), which provides productive work assignments for approximately 8,000 offenders in California. These particular women, all offenders at Folsom Women’s Facility (FWF), earned certificates in Pre-Apprentice Carpentry, […]

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CDCR Puts Spotlight on Gender-Responsive Strategies

By Krissi Khokhobashvili Women are different from men. While this may seem like a simple statement, it’s a fact many people, businesses and organizations have long ignored. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), however, takes the needs of female offenders seriously, understanding how gender-responsive strategies are vital to reducing recidivism. This was the […]

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