By Lt. Anthony Baer, Administrative Assistant/PIO
On May 24, the California State Prison-Corcoran marked 25 years of public-safety service, including honoring employees with 25 or more years of continuous service at the institution.
The history of Corcoran was presented by Warden (A) Connie Gipson, who spoke about the many challenging changes staff have been faced with over the years but yet continue to make CSP-Corcoran a well-run prison.
“To the best group of people I have had the honor of working with, COR staff,” Warden Gipson said in a salute to the institution’s staff. “The courage, tenacity, and discipline you display daily in the performance of your various jobs are commendable. Because of your commitment to COR, we are able to safely house, feed and clothe thousands of inmates, while reducing violence. COR is a challenging institution to work, but all of you meet the challenge head on with no reservations or hesitations and for this I thank you.”
Guest speakers were Associate Director of High Security, Mr. Kelly Harrington and Corcoran City Council Member, Mr. Sidonio Palmerin. Staff who have been at CSP-Corcoran for 25 consecutive years were recognized and presented with a 25-year Challenge Coin.
The event started included a musical interlude to begin the ceremonies followed by the posting of the colors performed by the CSP-Corcoran Honor Guard. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Roy Dela-Cerda . The National Anthem was sung by Marlene Smith and Grace McGarrell.
California State Prison-Corcoran opened in 1988 and houses 4,595 minimum-, medium-, maximum- and high-security custody inmates. The Kings County prison offers academic classes and vocational programs as well as community programs and work crews. The prison employs approximately 2,300 people.
The staff was treated to a barbeque chicken sandwich lunch and cake.