San Quentin Correctional Officer Mike Begley is quick with a smile and a firm handshake. He’s worked at California’s oldest prison since 1989. For all but two years of his 28-year career, his workplace has been death row. “There are a lot of new people here at San Quentin. … In the last few years, a lot of people have retired. Makes me wonder what I’m still doing here,” he said, cracking a smile.
A prison can be described as a “city within a city,” where people live, work, go to school, attend church services and participate in recreational activities. At California State Prison-Solano (SOL), five associate wardens (AWs) are charged with helping that “city” run smoothly.
For more than three decades, Harvey Watson helped keep parolees on the straight and narrow. In 1975, the department featured his story as a “Day in the Life” of a parole agent. His son, Harvey Watson, Jr., followed in his father’s footsteps. Inside CDCR caught up with the younger agent Watson to see what’s changed over the decades.
Newscam, an early version of Inside CDCR, followed Los Angeles Parole Agent Harvey Watson throughout his day in 1975.
Everyone needs support at least every once in a while and Rosanna Rodriguez helps ensure they get it as CDCR’s Peer Support Program (PSP) Statewide Coordinator.
CALPIA Industrial Supervisor Keith Archibald helps to oversee the daily production of approximately 1,600 prescription eyewear at VSP’s optical lab. There are 108 offenders working at VSP Optical, and Archibald oversees 20 of them.