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Jeffrey A. Beard

Jeffrey A. Beard

Adjunct Professor of Practice


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Jeffrey A. Beard, Ph.D. was appointed as Secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation by Governor Edmond G. Brown, on December 27, 2012. As Secretary he was   responsible for the overall management and operations of the Department that houses 127,365 adult inmates, 687 juveniles, supervises 43,859 parolees, has 54,717 employees and a budget of $10 billion. On December 31, 2015 he retired from CDCR after serving as Secretary for 3 years. Dr. Beard began his criminal justice career as a corrections counselor at the State Correctional Institution (SCI) at Rockview in June 1972. Dr. Beard was named to the position of superintendent at SCI-Cresson in July, 1986. In November of 1989, he was appointed to the superintendent II position at SCI-Camp Hill following two major riots. He remained in that position until May 1994, when he accepted the position of deputy commissioner in headquarters that he held until December 14, 1997, when he was promoted to the executive deputy secretary position. In January 1, 2001 Governor Tom Ridge appointed Dr. Beard to the position of Secretary of Corrections in Pennsylvania. He was nominated by Governor Ed Rendell to serve in the same capacity and reappointed on February 11, 2003.  Dr. Beard was responsible for the management and operations of the Corrections Department that housed over 51,000 inmates, had 16,000 employees, and a $1.8 billion budget.  On August 20, 2010 he retired after over 38 years of service to the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. After his retirement from Pennsylvania Dr. Beard served as a consultant, advisor and/or instructor to Penn State University, the National Institute of Corrections, corrections agencies and various companies on correctional matters, security, performance measures, mental health issues, evidence-based programs and assessment. Dr. Beard holds a B.S. in psychology, and an M.Ed and Ph.D. in counseling, all from the Pennsylvania State University.  Additionally, he is a licensed psychologist in Pa. (license currently in inactive status).