During non-crisis moments the PIO is busy responding to Public Records Act requests, filming projects at the institution, writing articles about the prison’s goings-on for the InsideCDCR newsletter, responding to the dozens of media requests that CDCR receives on any given day, and at some institutions, performing other assignments as the Warden’s assistant.
At Deuel Vocational Institution (DVI), PIO Lt. George Paul has handled a wide range of both crisis and non-crisis communication.
In 2012, Lt. Paul helped organize one of CDCR’s biggest events of the year, the announcement of the deactivation of the final non-traditional beds in California prisons.
The event was a huge success and an important milestone in CDCR history, but it wasn’t without long hours and lots of preparation. To prepare, Lt. Paul researched the history of overcrowding at DVI, ran gate clearances for the dozens of reporters who wanted to cover the story, and made sure the gymnasium, which previously housed approximately 600 inmates, was ready for the cameras and the CDCR Secretary.
The PIO also plays a vital role in the event of an inmate escape or walk away. Last summer, an inmate at DVI walked away from the institution’s Minimum Support Facility. After being notified by the Watch Commander, Lt. Paul rushed to the institution at 3 a.m. to write a press release notifying local media. continue reading...