Attorneys within the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (the department) provided inaccurate legal advice to department executives regarding the ability to sustain disciplinary charges based on inmate testimony alone. In this Sentinel Case report, we describe the facts of the case, explain our position, and set forth our concerns should the department attorneys continue to advise hiring authorities that disciplinary charges cannot be sustained without corroborating testimony from noninmate witnesses.
The Office of the Inspector General safeguards the integrity of the State’s correctional system by providing oversight and transparency regarding the policies and practices of California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. We carry out this mission through diligent monitoring, honest assessment, and dedication to improving the correctional system of our State.
We promise to do our best to assist in safeguarding the integrity of the State’s correctional system. If you have witnessed or know of any misconduct within the operations of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, please report the information to us, below.
The OIG evaluates the qualifications of every candidate whom the Governor nominates for appointment as a warden at an adult correctional institution or as a superintendent at a juvenile facility and the Inspector General reports the recommendation regarding each candidate’s qualifications in confidence to the Governor.