Magazine article Corrections Forum

Ex-Calif. Corrections Chief Woodford to Lobby against Executions

Magazine article Corrections Forum

Ex-Calif. Corrections Chief Woodford to Lobby against Executions

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Los Angeles Times

Jeanne Woodford resigned as director of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation four years ago, dismayed over the state's clinging to policies such as the death penalty ? which she had concluded are wasteful, discriminatory, and fail to make the public safer. As the state tries to restart the execution machinery after a five-year legal hiatus, Woodford has crossed to the other side of the debate over capital punishment. She will become director of abolitionist nonprofit organization Death Penalty Focus.

"I never was in favor of the death penalty, but my experience at San Quentin allowed me to see it from all points of view. I had a director of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation duty to carry out, and I tried to do it with professionalism," Woodford, 56, said in explaining how she had to put her personal abhorrence of execution aside to do her job. …

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