Interview of John Gee Clark
Superior court judge and California state chair for the Democratic Central Committee. Chair of the Board of Prison Terms and Paroles and director of penology.
- John Gee Clark: California Legislator, Executive Administrator, and Judge
- Politics and Government
- Biographical Note:
- Superior court judge and California state chair for the Democratic Central Committee. Chair of the Board of Prison Terms and Paroles and director of penology.
- Clark, John Gee
- Supporting Documents:
- Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
- Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
- Life of grandfather Israel Ward Clark (1803-97); other family members; childhood in Fairview, California (now Costa Mesa); education in Los Angeles and Berkeley; early legal work; impact of Upton Sinclair's The Way Out; formation of End Poverty in California (EPIC); Club no. 10 in Long Beach; election to California legislature on EPIC ticket in 1934; service as state chairman, Democratic Central Committee, 1938; tenure as director of penology under Governor Culbert L. Olson; suit against Dies committee; discussion of California prison system and comprehensive reorganization initiated during directorship; appointment of Warden Clinton Duffy; Kenyon D. Scudder and reform of Chino prison; eighteen-year tenure on superior court bench, Los Angeles County; role of publicity in judicial careers; views on politics and economics; Norman Thomas and socialism; Franklin D. Roosevelt and the banking system; impact of automation; international cooperation.