Ex-prison official now tickles ivories, distributes teddy bears
January 1, 2020
By Sarah Brown
Of The New Era
Ray Novencido retired before he turned 50. If he hadn't, he might not be alive today.
That's because, he says, a person who works in the California prison system doesn't typically live to see age 60, and Novencido was on his way to becoming a confirmed prison warden.
The 70-year-old spent his career working his way up the ladder at the California Department of Corrections while also instructing officers in weapons self-defense, but now he passes out stuffed Teddy bears to senior citizens in assisted living facilities.
The Sweet Home resident first moved to Oreg...