Undersecretary Diana Toche presented the award to CDCR Secretary Jeff Beard.

Undersecretary Diana Toche presented the certificate to CDCR Secretary Jeff Beard.

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Secretary Jeff Beard recently received a certificate from the Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA) for an award he was given 10 years ago.

Secretary Beard was named the nation’s outstanding corrections administrator in 2005 when he was Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. At that time, ASCA did not give certificates to the recipients of its Francke Award. Now that it does, the certificate was sent to CDCR and presented to Secretary Beard at department headquarters.

The award is named after James Michael Francke, who is described as an avant-garde leader in the corrections field in the 1980s. His work as secretary and director of corrections in the states of New Mexico and Oregon helped to reshape and rebuild penal systems. He was a progressive leader whose legacy will influence future generations of correctional administrators striving to make a difference, according to the association.

After serving for two years as Director of the Oregon Department of Corrections, his career was tragically cut short on the night of Jan. 17, 1989, when he was stabbed to death on the doorsteps of the Oregon Department of Corrections in Salem, the state’s capital.

In honor of his legacy, each year ASCA presents the Michael Francke Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Association, to recognize the outstanding ASCA member who personifies dedication to the corrections profession and demonstrates outstanding career achievements.