What is The Office of External Affairs?

Before the Office of External Affairs (OEA) was created there was disconnect between the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and its stakeholders. The OEA was established to function as a liaison between the CDCR and its external stakeholders, fostering a streamlined approach to information sharing. These stakeholders include local and statewide law enforcement groups, community and faith-based organizations, city and county government officials, nonprofit organizations, and any other community group or organization. The OEA serves to keep CDCR stakeholders up to date with events and news concerning the Department and values the input of each of their stakeholders. In addition, the OEA is responsible for identifying surrogates from media market to back CDCR when support or clarification is needed.

The OEA is a small division consisting of a Chief, Erin Sasse, and a Deputy Chief, Laura Enderton.

For External Affairs related questions email: cal_externalaffairs@cdcr.ca.gov