Assemblymember Levine Statement on Appointment of New CDCR Secretary

For immediate release:

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Assemblymember Marc Levine (D – Marin County) released the following statement after Governor Gavin Newsom announced the appointment of Kathleen Allison as the new Secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), effective October 1.


“The spread of COVID-19 at state prisons was a preventable public health disaster and a failure of CDCR leadership at the highest level. In just the past five months, over 10,000 incarcerated people have been infected with the coronavirus, leading to the death of 57 incarcerated individuals. At the same time, over 2,700 CDCR staffers have contracted COVID-19, leading to the death of nine state employees. These infections and deaths are inexcusable. CDCR needs new leadership and I hope that incoming CDCR Secretary Kathleen Allison’s background in healthcare will help her prioritize the public health needs of CDCR staff and incarcerated persons across California.”


According to a news release from Governor Newsom, Allison, of Sacramento, has served in a variety of management positions at CDCR headquarters, including Undersecretary of Operations and Director of the Division of Adult Institutions. She was Warden at the Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison, Corcoran. Allison began her career at CDCR as a medical technical assistant in 1987. She is a licensed registered nurse. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $279,216.


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