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

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.

A Day in the Life: Parole Agent Harvey Watson’s career is in his blood

A Day in the Life: Parole Agent Harvey Watson’s career is in his blood

For more than three decades, Harvey Watson helped keep parolees on the straight and narrow. In 1975, the department featured his story as a “Day in the Life” of a parole agent. His son, Harvey Watson, Jr., followed in his father’s footsteps. Inside CDCR caught up with the younger agent Watson to see what’s changed over the decades.