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Secretary outlines more prison reforms: Classification changes, expanded family visiting

Last month, I briefed you on the significant changes coming with the approval by voters of Proposition 57. I’d like to thank staff – both at Headquarters and in the field − for their hard work in developing regulations, modifying our IT systems, developing complex training programs, and helping set and meet an aggressive schedule to roll out this landmark reform. All this work will materialize in the coming months and will positively impact everybody at CDCR, both staff and inmates. A fundamental element of Proposition 57 is the realization that we are in the best position to know how individual inmates are programming and whether they are showing sustained positive behavior. Proposition 57 is a common sense reform that brings us closer to the days of indeterminate sentencing by placing the responsibility on the inmate to remain disciplinary free and to be actively programming.

CDCR surplus warehouse helps curb department’s furniture costs

The CDCR Surplus Warehouse is run by Office of Business Services staff, which stocks desirable furniture that is often utilized by CDCR facilities, programs, institutions and offices. If CDCR programs are in need and aware of the surplus furniture available, it can result in a reduction of purchasing cost and environmental impact through the reutilization of existing furniture.

Death row officer reflects on nearly three decades working at San Quentin

San Quentin Correctional Officer Mike Begley is quick with a smile and a firm handshake. He’s worked at California’s oldest prison since 1989. For all but two years of his 28-year career, his workplace has been death row. “There are a lot of new people here at San Quentin. … In the last few years, a lot of people have retired. Makes me wonder what I’m still doing here,” he said, cracking a smile.