Longest serving CDCR volunteer passes away

Leonard Greenstone passed away Friday morning in Sherman Oaks after a short illness.  He was 89.

Mr. Greenstone leaves a vibrant and permanent legacy in offender rehabilitation programs.  Successful in private life, he will be remembered for his determined advocacy and compassion for the men and women serving time in prisons.

In 2006, the dive facility at the California Institution for Men (CIM) in Chino was renamed the Leonard Greenstone Marine Technology Training Center (MTTC) in recognition of his founding and stewardship.

The MTTC commercial dive and welding program has a recidivism rate of less than 7 percent due to the rigorous curriculum and “tough love” spirit imparted by Mr. Greenstone.

Mr. Greenstone retired from the Prison Industry Board in June, 2011, marking 50 years of volunteer service to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation – the longest span of volunteer service in the department’s history.

Secretary Matthew Cate, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, said: “Mr. Greenstone was a colleague, mentor, and friend. He applied a generous and indomitable spirit to serving the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for 50 years as a volunteer.  He cared deeply about transforming the character of those behind bars so they would become law-abiding citizens.  California is a better and safer place because of his commitment.”

The CIM dive program was featured favorably in many media reports.

 Donna Bozarth

Case Records Technician, Donna Bozarth, case records technician at Wasco State Prison passed away on Oct. 26, in Bakersfield due to a long term illness at the age of 58.

She is survived by numerous nephews and nieces.  She began her career with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and assigned to Wasco State Prison Reception Center on Dec. 18, 2006.

 Ramon L. Reyes

Clinical Psychologist Ramon L. Reyes passed away on Oct. 25 in Bakersfield due to a long term illness at the age of 43.

Dr. Reyes began his career with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and assigned to Wasco State Prison Reception Center on Aug. 31, 2007.

He is survived by family and friends.

 

 

 

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