By Don Chaddock, InsideCDCR editor

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has stepped up to help raise more than $133,000 statewide in 2014 to benefit Special Olympics.  In Northern California, CDCR raised more than $79,000.
Joining other law enforcement agencies across the state, the effort, known as the Law Enforcement Torch Run, found CDCR at the top of the list, raising more than any other state agency.
During the recent Law Enforcement Torch Run Conference, CDCR was presented an award in honor of the achievement.
CDCR Undersecretary Diana Toche accepted the award on behalf of the department.
“Thank you for recognizing CDCR with such an outstanding award,” she told the gathering. “One year ago, Secretary Jeff Beard challenged the California prison system to support the hard working athletes and families where possible. One year later, more CDCR inmates and employees are supporting (the torch run) than ever before.”
CDCR participated in a variety of fundraising events including Bike the Bridges, Law Enforcement Torch Run’s Polar Plunges, Color Me Rad, Tip-A-Cop, community events, inmate-led food and bake sales and hand-crafted items auctioned for donations.
In Northern California, California State Prison, Solano, raised the most, tallying $13,720.78 in donations.
High Desert State Prison was close behind with $13,136 in donations. Mule Creek State Prison raised $8,161, California Medical Facility raised $7,522 and California Correctional Center raised $7,304.