The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

June 4, 2013
Read why the state overturned California prison guard firings

Thumbnail image for NOTEBOOK1.jpgOur report in today's Bee provides a glimpse into the case of five correctional officers who, according to the State Personnel Board, were unjustly fired last year for allegedly abusing an inmate in 2011.

The story builds on a heavily-redacted 33-page proposed decision by Teri Block, one of the board's administrative law judges. Block includes a detailed narrative of events based on investigations and testimony and then dissects lapses in the investigation.

We've embedded Block's October decision below followed by board's final decision from January. Corrections officials asked for reconsideration, which the board rejected.

Proposed decision by Judge Teri L. Block

Board Resolution and Order

We can never get everything we learn into a news story. "From the Notebook" posts give you some of the extra details behind the news.

ILLUSTRATION CREDIT: Gabi Campanario / Seattle Times 2007

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Jon Ortiz launched The State Worker blog and a companion column in 2008 to cover state government from the perspective of California government employees. Every day he filters the news through a single question: "What does this mean for state workers?" Join Ortiz for updates and debate on state pay, benefits, pensions, contracts and jobs. Contact him at (916) 321-1043 and at


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