The California Institution for Men (CIM) reports the passing of  Correctional Officer Brenda Cruz on Nov. 7.

Officer Cruz began her career as a Dental Assistant in June 1995 at Heman G. Stark (HGS) Youth Correctional Facility.

She promoted to Youth Correctional Counselor at HGS in July 2001, and became a Youth Correctional Officer in June 2004.

Officer Cruz transferred to CIM in March 2010.