On Monday morning, Martin Hoshino will assume temporary control of one of the world's largest prison systems, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
According to a bio released by CDCR, Hoshino started his career in the California State Controller's Office before moving into the corrections world. Most recently, Hoshino served as Undersecretary for Administration and Offender Services.
Hoshino takes over CDCR from Matthew Cate, and like Cate, he also spent time in the Inspector General's office, a prison oversight agency.
Hoshino is moving in as the prison system's medical care system slowly emerges from federal receivership.
But the bigger job facing Hosino immediately is realignment, the process adopted more than a year ago that transfers low-level, non-violent offenders from the state prison system into county custody.
Cate led the state's prison system through prison realignment. He's moving to the California State Association of Counties (CSAC), which represents the interests of county governments at the state level. CSAC worked closely with prison officials to implement realignment and determine how to distribute funds under the measure.
Governor Jerry Brown has not yet said whether he'll appoint Hoshino to the permanent position.