All new Correctional Officer candidates for the California Department of Corrections (CDC) will undergo psychological screening prior to being accepted for training. It is expected the testing and evaluation will begin during the summer of 1997. “We believe this will improve the quality of our new recruits,” said Thomas Maddock, Corrections interim Director. “It is a good tool other law enforcement agencies use, and we feel it is time Corrections uses it as well.”
The proposal was approved by Youth and Adult Corrections Secretary Joe Sandoval. Negotiations have been underway for several months with another state agency which would conduct the psychological testing and provide candidate evaluations to CDC.