Correctional Officer

Correctional Officer

Bob Walsh

Stockton, CA

Male, 60

I worked for the California state system, starting as a Correctional Officer and retiring as a Lieutenant in 2005. I now write for the PacoVilla blog which is concerned with what could broadly be called The Correctional System.

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Last Answer on July 03, 2020

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Have you ever seen the show Oz? Do prisons with that much chaos and violence really exist?

Asked by W0mbatz over 7 years ago

Yes I did watch it. As far as I know that was complete fiction. Humdrum does not sell advertising or gain viewers.

Now that you're retired, do you miss the job at all?

Asked by Jack Sr. over 7 years ago

I miss some of the people. Not so much the job. The job is not what it was when I retired.

Where do prisoners get buried?

Asked by Gordo over 7 years ago

None of the prisons in California have operational cemetaries, though both Folsom and San Quentin have very old ones. When a prisoner dies the remains are turned over to the next of kin for burial. If the next of kin do not take them, they are burried at government expense in whatever cemetary the government contracts with. I believe that is handled by the county and not the state, though I am not 100% sure of that.

Does prior correctional experience help out when applying to CDCR? What does the department look for in applicants? I am currently a C.O at a max with another state, but I would like to go back home to California

Asked by Gevaudan about 7 years ago

Not sure that it helps, but it doesn't hurt.  Quite honestly most higher-ups in CA, people that make hiring decisions, look a LOT of states as flyover country and view experience there as insignificant (or at least did when I was still working).  However, experience anywhere does tend to mean you have time in the environment and won't just walk away becuase you find the venue psychologically uncomfortable.  It is PROBABLY a positive, and is almost certainly not a negative.

What's the craziest thing you ever saw happen?

Asked by Bob over 7 years ago

Thats hard to say. I do remember that twice, when I was running the Reception Center, we got in prisoners who said, "You've got the wrong guy, I shouldn't be here." They were both right, the county had sent the wrong prisoner, same name but wrong guy. Also the dept. had a prisoner extradited from out of state, Oklahoma I think, and it turned out his parole had run out and we had no right to haul him in. Paperwork screwup, happens every year or two.

Do female prisoners organize themselves into gangs and racial groups like the men do?

Asked by Kid Quik over 7 years ago

Never worked at a female prison. I have been told the women have cliques, but they are not nearly as racially based as the men's.

What movie or TV show did the most realistic job of portraying life in prison?

Asked by Shawn over 7 years ago

None that I am aware of. Possibly Mariah (TV SHOW) was in the same time zone.