The California Institution for Men (CIM) learned of the passing of Prison Industries Authority (PIA) employee Jim Valdez on March 25.

Mr. Valdez began his career with the California Department of Corrections PIA in September 1998 at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility (RJD).

In April 2008, Mr. Valdez transferred to CIM from the RJD PIA.

Mr. Valdez was well respected by his peers and other staff, and will be missed by his family, as well as many at CIM.