Eric Woodford is a senior program specialist with Impact Justice working primarily with the Field Training Program. Prior to Impact Justice, Eric worked as an independent contractor for Correctional Consulting Services, LLC, conducting PREA compliance audits for adult correctional agencies throughout the nation.
Eric has more than 22 years of experience with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). He began his career with CDCR in the California Adult Prison system employed as a correctional officer, correctional sergeant and correctional counselor. Eric transferred to the California State Parole Division to work as a state parole agent, parole unit supervisor, litigation coordinator and field operations administrator. Eric served as the CDCR parole unit region II deputy regional parole administrator tasked with managing regional parole field operations from the Oregon border to San Jose, California. Eric has extensive experience with implementation of operational policies and procedures in this large parole region. After retirement in 2007, Eric was hired as a retired annuitant to work as a deputy commissioner with the Board of Parole Hearings tasked with conducting parole revocation, probable-cause and lifer parole consideration hearings. Eric then continued service as a parole administrator with the CDCR Reentry & Recidivism Task Force, as a parole operations expert advisor to the task force director.
Eric has taught Criminal Justice classes at the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Police Academy, Napa County Sheriff’s Police Academy, Diablo Valley College, Los Medanos Community College, and Heald College, where he was the Program Director for Criminal Justice & Legal Programs. He also facilitated the delivery of the International Leadership & Ethics Courses for the California Public Safety & Leadership Program.
Eric was certified as a PREA auditor for adult correctional facilities in February 2014. He has conducted over 30 PREA compliance audits for prisons, jails, community corrections and lockup facilities throughout the nation. In 2015, he was selected to serve as a field training auditor for the PREA Resource Center and provided field auditor training services until 2019. Eric holds a Bachelor of Science degree in occupational education from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.