Jeanne Woodford

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Jeanne Woodford served as the Undersecretary and Director of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and Warden of San Quentin State Prison where she oversaw four executions.[1]


Woodford began her career as a California correctional officer in 1978 at San Quentin State Prison. She was appointed Warden of San Quentin State Prison by Governor Davis in 1999.[2] She developed and implemented programs for prisoners including The Success Dorm, the first reentry program in a California prison.[clarification needed] She also served as Chief Deputy Warden and Associate Warden at San Quentin State Prison.[3] The New York Times profiled Woodford for her unorthodox approach as warden of San Quentin.[4]

In 2004, Woodford was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Undersecretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.[5]

As of 2010 she was a Senior Fellow at the Berkeley Center for Criminal Justice and teaches in Stanford University’s Continuing Studies Program and will be teaching at Hastings Law School.[6]


  1. ^ Woodford, Jeanne (10/2/2008) "Death Row Realism" [1] Los Angeles Times
  2. ^ Doyle, Jim (2/8/2002) "San Quentin warden Jeanne Woodford committed to providing education for inmates" [2] San Francisco Chronicle
  3. ^ Martin, Mark (6/21/2004) "New director of state prisons believes in rehabilitating, not recycling, inmates" [3] San Francisco Chronicle
  4. ^ Sheff, David (3/14/2004) "The Good Jailer" [4] The New York Times
  5. ^ Martin, Mark and Pamela Podger (2/20/2004) "[San Quentin's warden to head prison system|San Quentin's warden to head prison system]" [5] San Francisco Chronicle
  6. ^ "Berkeley Center for Criminal Justice". Archived from the original on 2010-07-11. Retrieved 2011-03-29.