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    December 6, 2004      File #
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Corrections Chief Talk on Role of Community in Success Outside Prison, Dec. 8

Jeanne Woodford, the new director of the California Department of Corrections, is the featured speaker at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 8 at Sonoma State University as part of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute's annual holiday lecture series.

Woodford, an SSU alumna, will explore "The Importance of Community Involvement in Assisting Offenders’ Reintegration into Society." Her appearance in the Evert B. Person Theatre is free and open to the public.

According to Woodford, the majority of people who serve time are eventually released and are faced with adjusting to their new lives outside of prison. She says that failure to successfully reintegrate these people back into society most often means that they will be sent back to prison. "It is an unfortunate outcome for them, their loved ones, and the broader community that must once again bear the burden of their costly incarceration."

Under the Woodford’s leadership, the California Department of Corrections is developing and implementing strategies to involve communities in the process of the reintegration of discharged prisoners to decrease the life-damaging and costly process of re-incarceration.

Woodford taught for the OLLI Spring 2003 session with her course "The Inside Story: The Correctional System in California." She has served more than 25 years in the field of Corrections. She was warden of San Quentin State Prison from 1999 until earlier his year when she was picked by Governor Schwarzenegger to head the California Department of Corrections. At San Quentin, she was directly responsible for 5,800 inmates, 1,500 staff, and a budget of $110,000,000.

Prior to taking over as warden, Woodford served first as an associate warden and later as the chief deputy warden. Since joining the prison staff as a correctional officer at San Quentin in 1978, she also served in several other positions including seven years as a correctional counselor and five years as a program administrator.

She is also a member of several law enforcement and community organizations including the Association of Black Correctional Workers, the Sonoma State Alumni Association and the California Public Safety Leadership and Ethics Program. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice from SSU.

For further information, contact Barbara Brooks, OLLI, (707) 664-2691.


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