Women of CDCR

CDCR hires women at a higher rate than the national average. The women of CDCR are making a difference in California. These women are inspiring people everywhere to imagine the impossible.
Come join our team and you too can make a difference.

Change lives. Change California


What inspired you to join CDCR?


“As a teen, I aspired to attain a career in Law Enforcement.  After learning how large the Department is, I knew there would be many avenues of opportunity within a CDCR career.  This was very desirable to me because I love trying and learning about different jobs. “

Sergeant Vanessa Melendez, Background Investigation Unit

What is it like to be a woman in law enforcement?

“You just never know who you are going to touch. You never know whose life you are going to change. But again, it comes back to dignity and respect. Conducting yourself with integrity. If all these things sounds like you, then this is something you should really consider.

I’m Senior Special Agent Karen Mory with San Diego Special Services Unit, and I am a woman of CDCR. “

How has your experience as a female with CDCR been?

“My experience as a female in Corrections, I felt like it made me stronger. I want to be able to do the same things as my male partners. And so I feel like it motivates me to keep pushing forward, to show and prove that I can do what they can too.  If you set your mind to it you can accomplish anything here. There’s just so many opportunities for us to promote, to lateral over.

I’m K9 officer Mayra Guzman, and I am a woman of CDCR.”