CDCR releases new handbook for Lifers
You really have to hand it to Millicent Tidwell, she gets things done. Take the new Division of Rehabilitation Programs (DRP) offering, “Facing Life: A Handbook for Lifers and Others Serving Lengthy Sentences,” for example.
The DRP generously provided Paco a copy of Volume I, “Looking Ahead.” Like everything printed, published or otherwise produced by DRP, “Looking Ahead” prominently declares the tome as the turf of Ms. Tidwell. It seems Millicent Tidwell, Director, California Department of Corrections, Division of Rehabilitative Services wants to make certain as many people as possible are aware Millicent Tidwell is, indeed, Director of CDCR’s Division of Rehabilitative Services.
Really, in nearly 3 decades I saw some shameless self promoters come and go but Millicent Tidwell, Director, California Department of Corrections, Division of Rehabilitative Services stands out as the reigning Queen of Me.
On the serious side, in state bureaucracies power is measured in terms of the size of one’s realm: How many programs do your oversee, how many people are under you, how much do you spend. In that context, branding is of equal importance. After all, what’s the point of creating a huge bureaucracy if it becomes known some other petty bureaucrat can fill your shoes?
So, Tidwell busies herself not only promoting rehabilitation’s magical mystical properties, she promotes her own power with at least as much vigor.
Interestingly (or not) “Rehabilitation Today,” first appeared in December 2012 absent the name of any DRP boss. Then, in May 2013, “Tanya Rothchild, Director (A)” appeared on the header under the Division Title.
Then, with the August 2013 issue, Tidwell’s name replaced Rothchild’s. There’s been no looking back since, for this forward looking self-promoter.
At that point, doubtless it will be dubbed the Millicent Tidwell Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, LLC.
Note: In the interest of clarity, the preceding is correctly labeled satire but it is not not a parody. I am honestly ridiculing Tidwell as both a true believer and a self-promoter. Only the ‘lifer’s handbook’ is a spoof….so far.