California Institution for Women (CIW) reported the passing on July 16, 2018, of retired Correctional Sgt. Dewitt Cheateam.

He began his CDCR career in September 1989, at the California Institution for Men as a Correctional Officer.

He transferred to Calipatria State Prison (CAL) in February 1992, and then to McCain Valley Conservation Camp #21 in May 1995.

He promoted to Correctional Sergeant at CAL in May 1996, and transferred to the CIW in May 2001. He retired in December 2016.