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CDCR Secretary Jeff Beard’s Appointment Confirmed by Senate 23-6

SACRAMENTO — The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) today announced that CDCR Secretary Dr. Jeffrey Beard, 66, was confirmed by the California Senate with a 23-6 vote

Beard has served as acting CDCR Secretary since being appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in December 2012.

“I am honored to be working for the people of California and the Brown Administration, said Secretary Beard. “I am committed to ensuring California’s prison system holds offenders accountable, provides safe and secure facilities for staff as well as inmates, and expands innovative rehabilitative programs. I will continue to work  with local law enforcement to make California’s Public Safety Realignment Law a success and look forward to California getting out from under costly federal court oversight and regaining full control of its prison system.”

Beard, a licensed psychologist who has a doctorate in counseling, previously served as Secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections from 2001 until he retired in 2010. In that position he oversaw approximately 51,000 inmates and 16,000 employees.

He has advised state agencies, private companies, and the National Institute of Corrections on security and mental health issues of inmates. In 2007, Beard served on an expert panel whose report on rehabilitation served as a tool for implementing historic corrections reforms signed into law by Governor Schwarzenegger. Beard served as a consultant for CDCR in 2011, advising the department on ways it could improve its medical and mental health care for inmates in order to get out from federal court oversight.

“The California State Sheriffs’ Association (CSSA) is pleased that the Senate has confirmed Secretary Beard to lead the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and we would like to congratulate the Secretary for being entrusted with this extremely important office during this very critical time,” said CSSA President and Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahern. “The Secretary has met with sheriffs throughout the state and has toured many of our jails. He has demonstrated his strong commitment to public safety and we look forward to continuing to work with Secretary Beard and CDCR to ensure the ongoing success of Realignment.”

CDCR is California’s correctional agency, consisting of the Division of Adult Operations, the Division of Adult Programs and the Division of Juvenile Justice. Additionally, CDCR oversees the functions of the Board of Parole Hearings, the Commission on Juvenile Justice, the Council on Mentally Ill Offenders, the Prison Industry Authority Board, the Council for Interstate Adult Offender Supervision, the Joint Venture Policy Advisory Board, and the Prison Industry Board.

CDCR consists of 33 adult prisons, 45 conservation camps, and three youth facilities, as well as various boards and commissions. CDCR currently has approximately 52,524 employees and is responsible for 132,764 inmates.

The statutory salary for the Secretary of CDCR is $225,000 a year. 

July 11, 2013                                        
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