Episode 11

The Prison Post #11 DJ Vodicka, Author of The Green Wall

Published on: 21st October, 2020

Welcome to The Prison Post. Our Guest this week is the largest whistleblower in the history of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. DJ wrote the book titled, “The Green Wall: The Story of a Brave Prison Guard's Fight Against Corruption Inside the United States' Largest Prison System.” He entered the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in 1987. For sixteen years, he was a prison guard in California's highest security prisons, He belonged to an elite unit called the Investigative Services Unit (ISU, a branch of Internal Affairs). He became the largest "whistle-blower" to uncover a group of prison guards who called themselves "The Green Wall" or "GW's" or "723's" a prison gang established by Correctional Officers. We reveal what can go wrong when only one person is willing to stand up and speak for what is right, against almost insurmountable odds. Vodicka's televised State Senate testimony exposed a scandal that led to resignations, transfers, sudden retirements, and reforms of the system that are still underway. His story is a classic tale of the triumph of personal integrity. #ThePrisonPost #ThePrisonPostPodcast #CROPOrganization #CROP #ThePrisonPostPodcastEpisodeEleven #WorkingTogetherToRestoreLives

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The Prison Post
Transforming Lives and Healing Communities by Reimagining Reentry
The Prison Post is a podcast interviewing leaders in the criminal justice reform, restorative justice, and social justice movements. In addition, we share the transformational stories of the currently and formerly incarcerated and highlight what CROP Organization is doing by reimagining reentry for returning citizens.
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Richard Mireles

With a Bachelor of Arts in Healthcare Management from California Coast University, Richard is a dynamic public speaker and expert communicator with Advanced Leadership and Communication certifications with the world recognized Toastmasters International. Having spent over 21 years inside of CDCR, Richard made abundant contributions as a cofounder of the Inside Solutions think-tank and lead intern for the CROP Organization’s programs offered within institutions. An inspiring leader and powerful orator with over 35 transformational coaching seminars and workshops, Richard possesses the uncanny ability to capture a room's attention while conveying impactful messages to any audience. He has an advanced certification as an Alcohol and Other Drug counselor (receiving a certificate of recognition from the California State Senate for his contributions to the recovery community) and was the only known incarcerated person to earn the status of associate trainer for John Maxwell’s EQUIP Leadership and its Million Leader Mandate.