Featured Member September 2016:
Lorraine Martinez started her career with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in July of 1981, as an Assistant Clerk in the Records Office at the Correctional Training Facility (CTF) in Soledad. Two months later she promoted to Office Assistant Typist, six months later she promoted to Account Clerk II and promoted back to records as an Office Technician. In January of 1987, she lateraled to Account Technician where she later participated in the first pilot program to regionalize the accounting process in the institution. She was assigned to work on Avenal State Prison (ASP) accounts payable while at CTF. In addition, she implemented procedures and provided ongoing training to ASP staff. In May of 1989, Lorraine and her husband Manuel relocated to work at ASP in Avenal. In March of 1990, she accepted a position at Corcoran State Prison where she promoted to Correctional Case Records Analyst. In November of 1993, she accepted a position in Delano State Prison. In 1994, she was part of the activation team for Pleasant Valley State Prison in the records department. In January of 1998, she promoted as a Correctional Case Records Analyst Supervisor at ASP. In August of 2000, she accepted the position of Correctional Case Records Manager. She continues to work together with her records family to meet required mandates efficiently and effectively.
Lorraine is a graduate of Gonzales High School and attended Hartnell College in Salinas, Ca. Lorraine is the oldest of two siblings. Her mother retired from the Correctional Training Facility and was an active member of CCWA. Her father was the first Hispanic in the Monterey County to hold the office of city Councilman and Mayor. Lorraine takes great pride in her family and has been happily married to Manuel for forty-five years. She has two sons, one son in law, two daughters, one daughter in law and three beautiful grandchildren. She is an active member in her church and a regular volunteer in her community.
Avenal prison was the first institution solicited by a local community. When it opened in 1987, it was the first all-new prison built in California in 20 years and was originally known as Kings County State Prison. On February 22, 1988, it was officially named Avenal State Prison.
Past Featured Members:
Cruise in January 2017