Dymally on Hickman
|Assemblyman Mervyn M. Dymally, chair of the California Legislative Black Caucus, says that the resignation of Rod Hickman as head of the Department of Corrections leaves Gov. Schwarzenegger without an African American in his cabinet.|
“The resignation of Mr. Roderick Q. Hickman as Secretary of California’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation leaves the Governor’s cabinet without an African American.”
What a sad commentary for a state with a diverse population such as California. Say what you want about Rod Hickman, but he was an honest broker with an impossible task. Prison reform has been historically difficult. To really address prison reform we must also examine a criminal justice system that emphasizes imprisonment instead of rehabilitation.
Hickman will be remembered as a reformer who tried his best."
The governor has named Jeanne S. Woodford acting secretary.