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.

CDCR’s Return to Work Coordinators refocus on statewide training

Kellie Kuka, Return to Work Coordinator for CDCR’s Office of Employee Wellness (OEW), helped organize a recent statewide training conference along with co-organizer Rachel Young, also with OEW. This was the first major formal training for the coordinators since 2012. Inside CDCR caught up with Kuka to breakdown the importance of the conference as well as the Return to Work program and what future plans may include.