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California corrections chief aims to change prison culture

Published on February 10, 2016, in Corrections.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California’s new corrections chief plans to add training on diversity and leadership for prison employees and to examine what has been effective in other states to change employees’ attitudes as he tries to alter a culture that often pits prison guards against inmates and outsiders.

“They (guards) have worked under very difficult situations and we have to figure a way to get them engaged in the rehabilitation process and not just be somebody counting heads,” Scott Kernan told The Associated Press in an interview…

Don Thompson in the Merced Sun-Star