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Cate new Calif. secretary
By Jim Montalto, News Editor
Published: 06/04/2008

Cate Matthew Cate, 41, became California’s new corrections chief May 16, as California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Secretary James Tilton officially retired from the post.

Cate had been in charge of the Office of the Inspector General since 2004. As inspector general, he was responsible for public oversight of the CDCR. Since 2007, he also had served as California Rehabilitation Oversight Board chairman, where he reported to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and state legislature on the CDCR’s progress in providing effective rehabilitative programs to the states inmates and parolees.

Previously, Cate was the supervising deputy attorney general at the California Department of Justice from 1996 to 2004. He supervised prosecutors, managed political corruption cases, and provided counsel to grand juries. From 1994 to 1996 he was Sacramento County’s deputy district attorney. Prior to that, Cate was an associate attorney at Sacramento law firm of Downey, Brand, Seymour & Rowher.

"I am honored to be asked by the governor to build upon the progress made by Secretary Tilton," Cate said in a statement. "I believe strongly in the men and women who work for CDCR. We have an unprecedented opportunity to work with our state and local partners to create a model system that is committed to holding offenders accountable, reducing overcrowding, making our facilities safer, providing opportunities for rehabilitation and reducing recidivism."

Cate earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Oregon School of Law, and a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Linfield College.


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