MONDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2020
Manuel Estrada (56), a thirty year veteran of the Department, has been appointed as new Warden of the San Andreas Correctional Facility, following the retirement of predecessor, Warden Dolph Trockmorthon, on September 10th this year.
Warden Estrada began his law enforcement career in 1990, when the agency was known as the Department of Corrections. His first posting was at San Rafael State Prison (SFSP), where he was assigned as a Disciplinary Segregation Officer. In 1995, he progressed to supervisory staff and was a Watch Sergeant for staff on the second watch at SFSP's general population team. For a brief period, Estrada was promoted to Lieutenant on an acting basis in 1999, based at Jeremy W. Bowles Juvenile Hall. Due to his progressive ideas and eye for reform, he was then moved to San Fierro Juvenile Hall (SFJH) which was ranked the worst prison in San Andreas. It was at SFJH where he has substantiated at rank of Lieutenant, being responsible for coordinating the disciplinary behavioural measures.
As Lieutenant, Estrada served in various front line roles including Facility Lieutenant and Probation Lead. In 2006, he was promoted to Captain and assigned to High Desert State Prison. In this role he has obtained a reputation as a great reformer and consensus builder. Most recently he built and was responsible for the Women Offender Program at High Desert, with great success. The Captain prides himself in being on the front line for the vast majority of his long 30 year career.
June 2020 saw the Captain's latest move over to SACF, after successfully passing a board consisting of the Warden, former Facility Captain and three associate wardens from various prisons. He eventually rose to the rank of Deputy Warden, being the previous Warden's right hand, and as such deemed spiritual successor, fact confirmed by his most recent appointment.
With a long and distinguished career, Estrada's appointment opens new and exciting possibilities that the Department can explore. In his current posting, he is the Chief Executive Officer of the Department, in charge of forging new policies. He is responsible for the day-to-day running of the facility and directing and supervising all of its operational and administrative activities. We're cheering him on, and wish him the best of luck.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OCTOBER 19, 2020
CONTACT: CO-I Matt Vitovich