DVI’s women wardens

Today’s story incorrectly says that Warden Salinas is Deuel’s first woman at the helm. Several readers contacted me to name Midge Carroll. One online source says she was warden at Deuel from 1987 to 1989. This People magazine article featured her as California’s first woman to serve as warden of a men’s prison down at the California Institution for Men in Chino.

Here’s a photo of her.

I got in contact with Kirsten Slatten, who said Carroll promoted her at Deuel to sergeant. Slatten confirmed that Carroll was, in fact, Deuel’s first woman to serve as warden there.

“A damned good one, too,” Slatten said. “She was tough but she was fair. She came up through the ranks, so she knew what it was like to be on the line… In the prison system that’s what you need. She’d chew you up if you needed it.”

Slatten said she retired from Deuel in Jan. 2010. She said she had no idea where Carroll is today.

“If you happen to hear from Midge Carroll tell her I said hello,” she said.

If you have a clue, let me know.

Ana Maria Olivarez was the second female warden. She served from 1992 to 95.

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