North Kern State Prison (NKSP) reported the passing of retired Correctional Administrator Robert “Smokey” Castro on Feb. 18, 2019.

He began his CDCR career in July 1974 as a Correctional Officer at the California Institution for Men.

He promoted through the ranks at various institutions such as Sierra Conservation Center, Deuel Vocational Institution, California Correctional Center, California Men’s Colony, California Correctional Center, California Men’s Colony, California Medical Facility and Folsom State Prison.

In December 1990, he promoted to Correctional Administrator at California Rehabilitation Center.

In July 1995, he transferred to NKSP where he remained until his retirement in December 1998.