CDCR will host a Facebook Live Q&A on Wednesday, Aug. 29, at 9:30 a.m. with Secretary Scott Kernan, who will be retiring at the end of this month.

Secretary Kernan will be fielding questions live from followers of the CDCR Facebook page about the past, present and future of California corrections and rehabilitation. The interview will be hosted by Jeffrey Callison, Assistant Secretary of Communications.

Under Secretary Kernan’s leadership, CDCR has restructured how people are incarcerated in order to reduce recidivism and avoid court-ordered releases. During his tenure the department expanded and improved reentry programs, refocused in-prison programming to emphasize wellness and improved staff training programs. The department also made progress on rebuilding and repairing prison facilities and key infrastructure.

Ralph Diaz, who has served as CDCR’s Undersecretary of Operations since 2016, will serve as Acting Secretary effective Sept. 1, 2018. Diaz was previously deputy director of facility operations from 2014 to 2016 and associate director of high security institutions from 2013 to 2014. His career at CDCR began as a correctional officer in 1993 and has spanned multiple leadership positions, including serving as a warden, chief deputy administrator, captain, counselor supervisor and correctional counselor.

“I am grateful for Scott’s dedicated service to California,” said Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr., who appointed Kernan Secretary in December 2015. “Under Scott’s leadership our correctional institutions made real and lasting improvements – for the staff, for the inmates and for the people of California.”

CDCR staff with internet access will be able to access the CDCR Facebook page on Aug. 29, from 9 a.m. to noon to view the event.

Tune in at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 29 to watch the live feed and ask questions about CDCR’s past and future:

To read more about Secretary Kernan’s career and many contributions to public safety, visit