Longtime CDCR employee, now retired, Velda Dobson-Davis received Envisioning Justice Solutions’ (EJS) 2023 Community Spirit Award. Dobson-Davis received the award at a San Francisco Giants baseball game.
Dobson-Davis began her career with CDCR in 1978 as an Assistant Clerk at California Medical Facility (CMF) in Vacaville. She retired in 2012 as Chief Deputy Warden of Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF). She soon after returned as a Retired Annuitant to continue spreading her knowledge throughout CDCR.
EJS provides incarcerated women and men with appropriate supervision, treatment, services, and referrals to engage and succeed in their recovery. Dobson-Davis has been a volunteer at EJS for over 15 years, dedicating over 120 hours toward their mission every month. Her work has contributed to an 80% reduction in recidivism among program participants.
“In my 43 years working in social and criminal justice programs and systems, I have never witnessed or associated with a more dedicated heartfelt and successful person as I have with Ms. Velda Dobson-Davis,” said Sunny Swartz, San Francisco Giants Committee Chair.
Story by Quinn Sheppard, AGPA