Governor Jerry Brown nominated a new Secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on Wednesday.
Jeffrey Beard led Pennsylvania’s prison system for nine years, after working his way up the ranks from correctional officer. Beard is familiar with California’s prisons, having served on a 2007 panel that examined the effectiveness of prison and parole programs for adult offenders in the state. He also consulted for CDCR on the litigation that resulted in a court-ordered overcrowding reduction in California’s prisons.
Beard replaces Matt Cate, who left the department in November to lead the California State Association of Counties.
In a statement, Brown said, "in the face of a plethora of Federal court decisions and the bold realignment enacted by the Legislature, Jeff Beard has arrived at the right time to take the next steps in returning California’s parole and correctional institutions to their former luster.”
The position requires confirmation by the state senate.