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Dept. of Corrections Secretary Jeffrey Beard's constant crisis control




In this photo taken Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, Jeffrey Beard, the new director of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation discusses California's prison system during an interview with the Associated Press in Sacramento, Calif.
In this photo taken Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, Jeffrey Beard, the new director of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation discusses California's prison system during an interview with the Associated Press in Sacramento, Calif.
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Corrections Secretary Jeffrey Beard has faced many controversial issues, from a widespread hunger strike to a never-ending battle with federal judges over control of California’s prisons.

But this isn’t Beard’s first go-round with those controversial issues. For the California Report, Scott Detrow has the story