Thursday, December 29, 2011

Daily Corrections Clips

CDCR NEWS:

Fugitive Juvenile Offender Captured in Sacramento
Taken into Custody Less Than 24 Hours After Escape. Sacramento – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) took into custody early Wednesday morning a juvenile offender less than 24 hours after he escaped from a Pine Grove Conservation Camp work crew in Amador County late Tuesday morning.

Division of Juvenile Justice Fire Camp Closing in Ventura
Juvenile fire crews to be consolidated in Northern California. SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), today announced that they will close the juvenile offender fire camp in Ventura County on December 30, 2011.

NEWS:

DJJ

Monterey County teen escapee caught
The Salinas Californian-- A Monterey County juvenile offender who escaped custody Tuesday while he was part of a roadside cleanup crew has been recaptured, an official with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said.

Monterey County Teen Fugitive Arrested
By Jasmine Viel, KION-- The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) arrested a Monterey County teenager Wednesday morning in Sacramento less than 24 hours after he escaped from a Conservation Camp in Amador County.

Inmate who escaped in Sutter Creek back in jail
Stockton Record-- A 19-year-old man who escaped from a correctional community service project late Tuesday morning in Sutter Creek is back in custody, according to the United States Marshal's Office.

Juvenile offender fire camp closing
By John Scheibe, Ventura County Star-- A Camarillo camp where juvenile offenders have been trained to fight fires will close Friday, leaving only one similar camp open in California, authorities said Wednesday.

State Workers

Psychologist who allegedly faked robbery, rape fired from state prison system
By Kim Minugh, Sacramento Bee-- A psychologist suspected of faking being sexually assaulted and robbed and falsely reporting the crimes to Sacramento police has been fired from the prison system, according to a spokeswoman.

Realignment

Letter: Safety a priority, realignment a must
Chico Enterprise-Record-- In Friday's editorial, "Realignment fails early test," a connection was made between the shooting death of a former California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) inmate during the commission of a home invasion and the 2011 public safety realignment.

Does the city now need a parole officer?
By Jon Brines, Placer Herald-- State’s new prison realignment creates challenges for county, city. Regional law enforcement officials are warning of potential funding challenges and crime rate increases as the county faces the new state prison realignment law.

AB 109 - Big picture in Tehama County
By ANDREA WAGNER, Red Bluff Daily News--  Looking at the big picture of realignment, Community Corrections Partnership members include representatives from several public health and social service agencies who say they can help in reducing crime.

First deadline arrives for CDCR to reduce prison inmate populations
By Jimena Martinez, Ksby News-- The first deadline has arrived for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to begin reducing the inmate population at all of its thirty-three adult prisons in the state.

Division of Juvenile Justice Fire Camp Closing in Ventura

Juvenile fire crews to be consolidated in Northern California

SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), today announced that they will close the juvenile offender fire camp in Ventura County on December 30, 2011.

As a result, most youth housed at the S. Carraway Public Service and Fire Center in Camarillo have been moved to the Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp in Amador County, consolidating CDCR’s juvenile fire crews in one location.

CAL FIRE will continue to provide fire protection in the Ventura area with staffing from the California Conservation Corps. "The community will continue to have the benefit of state fire crew resources stationed just a half mile away from the original DJJ location ," said CAL FIRE Director Ken Pimlott. "We constantly monitor fire conditions and have the ability to move CAL FIRE equipment into different areas of the State as conditions warrant."

The number of youth committed to the state’s Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) has been significantly reduced since the Ventura firefighting facility began operation in 1990. In the mid-1990s, the state began providing support for counties to retain their juvenile offenders to house them closer to family. Subsequently, legislation adopted in 2007 restricted DJJ’s population to juveniles committed only for serious and violent felonies and sex offenses, crimes which make some youth ineligible for firefighting duty.

These changes reduced DJJ’s statewide population from approximately 10,000 in 1996 to 1,100. As a result, DJJ had too few youth to uphold a working agreement with CAL FIRE to maintain four fire crews in Ventura, each composed of 13 to 17 firefighters.

With the consolidation, approximately 90 juvenile offenders will be housed in Pine Grove, about 40 miles east of Sacramento in the Sierra foothills, and available for community service projects and fighting wild land fires.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DECEMBER 28, 2011
CONTACT:  Bill Sessa 
(916) 445-4950

Fugitive Juvenile Offender Captured in Sacramento

Taken into Custody Less Than 24 Hours After Escape

Sacramento – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) took into custody early Wednesday morning a juvenile offender less than 24 hours after he escaped from a Pine Grove Conservation Camp work crew in Amador County late Tuesday morning.

A CDCR Fugitive Apprehension Team, with aid from the Sacramento Police Department and the U.S. Marshal Service, tracked Angel Iniquez to the 2400 block of Connie Drive in Sacramento, where he was arrested at 2:30 am without incident. He was subsequently booked into the N.A. Chaderjian Youth Correctional Facility in Stockton and will face additional charges of escape.

At approximately 10:55 am, on Tuesday, December 27, 2011, Angel Iniquez was driven away from a roadside cleanup project on old Highway 49 in Sutter Creek by two accomplices while CDCR officers were distracted by another crew member who needed medical attention after cutting his leg with a chainsaw.

Following the incident, the remaining 13 members of the crew were returned to the Pine Grove Conservation Camp and all law enforcement agencies were alerted to Iniquez’ disappearance.

Iniquez, from Monterey County, was the first juvenile in seven years to attempt an escape from the Pine Grove Conservation Camp, despite the fact that the youth conduct 15-20 community service projects a week in Amador County and the surrounding region, in addition to supporting wild land fire crews throughout the state.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DECEMBER 28, 2011
Contact: BILL SESSA
(916) 445-4950

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

CDCR Searching for Fugitive Juvenile Offender

First In Seven Years to Escape from Amador County Camp

Sacramento – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is searching for a juvenile offender who was driven away by accomplices from a roadside community service project in Sutter Creek, Amador County.

At approximately 10:55 am, on Tuesday, December 27, 2011, Angel Iniquez was driven away from a roadside cleanup project by two Hispanic males in a white, compact car as CDCR officers were distracted by another crew member who needed medical attention after cutting his leg with a chainsaw.

Following the incident, the remaining 13 members of the crew were returned to the Pine Grove Conservation
Camp and all law enforcement agencies were alerted to Iniquez’ disappearance. CDCR also has dispatched fugitive apprehension teams from its Office of Correctional Safety to bring him back into custody.

Iniquez, 19 years old, is 5’ 9” tall, weighs 166 pounds and has brown eyes and black hair. He was committed to CDCR’s Division of Juvenile Justice from Monterey County on March 16, 2011 and had been assigned to the Pine Grove Conservation Camp since May 3, 2011.

It has been approximately seven years since a juvenile has attempted to escape from the Pine Grove Conservation Camp, despite the fact that the youth conduct 15-20 community service projects a week in Amador County and the surrounding region, in addition to supporting wild land fire crews throughout the state.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Harry Linden, Assistant Superintendent, Pine Grove Conservation Camp, at (209) 296-7581.


 
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DECEMBER 27, 2011
CONTACT:  Bill Sessa 
(916) 445-4950

Inmate Death of Kern Valley State Prison Under Investigation as a Homicide

Delano – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) announced today that Kern Valley State Prison (KVSP) investigators are working with the Kern County Coroner and District Attorney’s Office to investigate the Christmas Day death of an inmate, which has been classified as a homicide.

On December 25, 2011 at approximately 3:05 a.m. staff found inmate Scott McInnis dead in his cell, the apparent victim of a beating by his cellmate, Steven Lovely, who is considered the suspect in the case. After removing Lovely from the cell, staff attempted life-saving measures on McInnis but were unsuccessful and he was declared dead at 4:56 a.m.

The incident occurred in Facility A, Housing Unit #6 and the cell was secured and processed as a crime scene.

McInnis was a multiple term inmate serving a forty five (45) year sentence from Los Angeles County for three counts of robbery in the 2nd degree. He had been housed at KVSP since January 17, 2008.

Steven Lovely is a 26-year-old inmate serving a 2 year 8 month sentence from Los Angeles County for disregard for safety. He has been housed at KVSP since May, 7, 2010 and was scheduled for release on January 18, 2012.

KVSP opened in 2005 and houses approximately 4,800 minimum, medium, maximum and high-security custody inmates. KVSP offers academic classes and vocational programs and employs approximately 1,800 people.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: December 27, 2011
CONTACT: Lt. Jeff Smith
(661) 721-6314

CDCR Preparing January Filing To Three-Judge Court

SACRAMENTO—The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is preparing to update the Three-Judge Court on its progress towards meeting the court's directive to reduce inmate population to 167 percent design capacity, or 133,000 inmates.

Today is the first benchmark date set by the court, but CDCR has until January 10, 2012 to calculate and file an updated population report.

In May 2011 the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the Three-Judge Court order requiring California to reduce the number of inmates in its 33 adult prisons by approximately 33,000 and reach established benchmarks at six-month intervals.

Under the Three-Judge Court’s prisoner-reduction order, the inmate population in California’s 33 prisons must not be no more than:

• 167 percent of design capacity by December 27, 2011,
• 155 percent by June 27, 2012,
• 147 percent by December 27, 2012, and
• 137.5 percent by June 27, 2013

Design capacity is the number of inmates a prison can house based on one inmate per cell, single-level bunks in dormitories, and no beds in places not designed for housing. Current design capacity in CDCR’s 33 institutions is 79,858.

As of December 14, the state’s 33 prisons held 134,804 inmates and were at 169.2 percent design capacity. Since October 1, the state prison inmate population has been dropping by an average of 933 inmates per week without the early release of any state prison inmates.

Copies of monthly status reports and other information are on CDCR’s Three-Judge Court Update webpage: http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/News/3_judge_panel_decision.html. CDCR also has created a graph on the website tracking the inmate population.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 27, 2011
Contact: Jeffrey Callison
(916) 445-4950

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Inmate Who Walked Away from Conservation Camp Apprehended

SUSANVILLE– The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) have apprehended a minimum-security inmate who walked away from the Ishi Conservation Camp in Paynes Creek yesterday. The inmate was apprehended on December 20 at approximately 7:30 pm by CDCR officials and local law enforcement.

Inmate Arthur Turner, a minimum-security inmate was committed to CDCR on February 28, 2003 from Stanislaus County for second-degree robbery. He was scheduled to be paroled in April 2014.

The inmate was booked into the Tehama County Jail and the case will be referred to the Tehama County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.

Of all offenders who have escaped from an adult institution, camp or community-based program since 1977, 99.1 percent have been apprehended.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 21, 2011
Contact: Margaret Pieper
530-257-2181 ext. 4110

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Fewer Inmates Returning to Prison After Release

The “2011 Adult Institutions Outcome Evaluation Report” shows inmate recidivism rate declines

SACRAMENTO – California’s recidivism rate fell to 65 percent this year, according to the 2011 Adult Institutions Outcome Evaluation Report from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). This significant reduction of 2.4 percentage points in one year equates to 2,766 fewer offenders returning to prison and an approximate saving to California taxpayers of $30 million.

“A major goal for CDCR and for other public safety officials is to prevent offenders from victimizing again after their release from incarceration,” said CDCR Secretary Matthew Cate. “Even a slight drop in the overall percentage can equate to thousands of inmates who have not returned to prison and likely prevented the victimization of countless citizens. Reducing recidivism has been a primary goal for our agency, and this report shows that progress is being made.”

Key findings in the report include:

• 45 percent of the released felons returned to prison for parole violations;

• Female offenders recidivate at a lower rate than males—11.2 percentage points lower, after three years;

• Recidivating sex registrants are most often returned to prison for a new non-sex crime than for a new sex crime. Of the sex offenders who recidivate, 84.4 percent return to prison for a parole violation;

• Overall, inmates with a developmental disability recidivated at a higher rate than those without a developmental disability designation – nearly 13 percentage points higher than inmates without developmental disabilities;

• 99 percent of convicted murderers who paroled since 1995 did not return to prison;

• The combination of in-prison substance-abuse treatment programs with after-care results in the best outcome: a recidivism rate that is much lower than those who did not participate in an in-prison substance-abuse program (with or without after-care); and

• Inmates who were assigned to a Security Housing Unit recidivate at a higher rate than those who were not.

The 2011 report focuses on offenders who were released in fiscal year 2006-07. All offenders were tracked for a full three-year follow-up period, even if they were discharged from parole, to determine if they recidivated. New this year are analyses focusing on recidivism rates for persons with developmental disabilities, murderers, offenders who have received substance-abuse treatment, and those who have paroled from a Security Housing Unit (SHU).

The in-depth report also includes analyses of demographics, including gender, age, offense, length of stay, risk category, mental health status and behavior while under CDCR custody and supervision. Furthermore, the report includes an extended analysis of sex offenders, as well as the types of offenses committed by parole violators that resulted in their return to prison.

CDCR has tracked return-to-prison rates for first-time felons released from prison since 1977. Last year’s 2010 Adult Institutions Outcome Evaluation Report expanded this recidivism measure to include re-released felons and felons who have been discharged from parole. CDCR measures recidivism using arrests, convictions, and returns to prison at one-, two- and three-year intervals dating back to offenders released in fiscal year 2002-03. Return to prison is used as the primary measure due to its reliability and common usage by correctional stakeholders. This return measure includes first releases from prison and re-releases of parole violators.


CAPTION: Parole violations are the primary reason that released felons are returned to prison.

The 2011 Adult Institutions Outcome Evaluation Report is published by the CDCR Office of Research, which provides research, data analysis, and evaluation to implement evidence-based programs and practices, strengthen policy, inform management decisions, and ensure accountability.

View report:
http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/Adult_Research_Branch/Research_Documents/ARB_FY_0607_Recidivism_Report_(11-23-11).pdf


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Contact: Paul Verke
 (916) 445-4950

Inmate Walks Away from Conservation Camp in Tehama County

SUSANVILLE—The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials are looking for a state prison inmate who walked away from the Ishi Conservation Camp in Paynes Creek, located in Tehama County, today at approximately 9:45 am.

The inmate is 31-year old Arthur Turner, African American male, 6” tall and 185 pounds. Turner has black eyes and black hair cut short. Turner was committed to CDCR on February 28, 2003 from Stanislaus County for second degree robbery.

The California Conservation Center (CCC), located in Susanville, has sent a Crisis Response Team and Investigative Services Unit to the area. The California Highway Patrol has been contacted for assistance.

If anyone has information about, or knowledge of, the location of this individual immediately contact 911 or the CCC Watch Commander at (530) 257-2181 ext. 4173.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 20, 2011
Contact: Margaret Peiper
530-257-2181 x4110

Monday, December 12, 2011

Inmate Death at California State Prison-Sacramento is Being Investigated as a Homicide

REPRESA - Officials from California State Prison-Sacramento's Investigative Services Unit are investigating the early morning death of an inmate discovered in his cell at 3:10 a.m. in the prison's maximum-security housing. The inmate, who has been identified as Anthony Steadham, 38, was transported to an outside hospital where he was pronounced dead at 5:04 a.m.

Steadham was received by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) on Sept. 19, 1997, from San Mateo County, and was serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for first-degree murder, kidnapping, and robbery.

Steadham's cellmate, inmate Maurice Woodson, 43, has been identified as the suspect. Woodson was received by CDCR on April 3, 2001, from San Bernardino County, serving a sentence of 46 years, 4 months for second-degree murder, discharge of a firearm and assault with a firearm. Woodson also served prior stints in prison from San Bernardino County. In 1986, he served a 13-year voluntary manslaughter sentence and in1994 and 1998, he served sentences for possession of a firearm by an ex-felon.

Visiting has not been impacted.

CSP-Sacramento is a multi-mission institution that houses approximately 2,800 inmates and employs more than 1,700 staff. Opened in 1986, the institution primarily houses maximum-security inmates serving long sentences and those who have proved to be management problems at other institutions.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DECEMBER 10, 2011
(CORRECTED)
CONTACT:
 LeVance Quinn (916) 985-8610, ext. 3012

Friday, December 9, 2011

CDCR Announces Plan to Convert Female Facility to House Low-Level Male Inmates

Conversion will reduce inmate overcrowding and keep jobs in region

SACRAMENTO- The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) today announced the decision to convert Valley State Prison for Women (VSPW) in Chowchilla to a facility that will house low- to medium-security adult male inmates. The conversion will help alleviate the adult male inmate overcrowding problem and avoid staff layoffs at the institution. 

The conversion will happen in phases and is anticipated to be completed by July 2013. The facility currently houses 3,171 female inmates. The level of male inmates and staff is expected to be similar once the conversion is complete. 

With the implementation of 2011 Public Safety Realignment, the department expects a significant decline in the female population. The conversion at Chowchilla will allow CDCR to create additional space for male inmates by using an existing facility and maintaining a viable workforce in the Central Valley region.

The Department is mandated by a federal court order affirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court to reduce its statewide inmate population in its 33 prisons to 137.5 percent of design capacity by June 27, 2013. Realignment – the cornerstone of the state’s plan to reduce inmate overcrowding without releasing any inmate prior to completion of his or her sentence – began October 1, 2011. Since that date all individuals newly convicted of non-serious, non-violent, non-sex offenses serve their sentences in county jails instead of state prison.

As a substantial portion of female offenders fall under the definition of non-serious, non-violent, and non sex-offenders, the female inmate population at CDCR has dropped. On June 6, 2007 the female population hit an all-time high of 11,891. On September 28, 2011, CDCR had 9,404 females housed in its three female prisons, VSPW, Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla, and California Institution for Women in Corona.  As of November 30, 2011, the female population dropped to 8,468. Projections indicate the female population will drop to 5,767 by June 30, 2013.

VSPW’s female inmate population hit an all-time high of 4,327 on July 22, 2007. On September 28, 2011 VSPW had 3,489 female inmates housed at the institution. As of November 30, VSPW’s population was 3,138.

Conversion of the facility will conform to CDCR’s operational policies and standards for a male Level II prison.

CDCR met with the Chowchilla community in August to listen to any concerns. After careful evaluation and consideration, VSPW was selected for conversion in lieu of closure. CDCR will divide the remaining inmate population between the other two female institutions.

The State’s environmental review process was completed Monday, December 5 with the filing of a Notice of Exemption (NOE), making the conversion decision final.  The NOE was filed as required with the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, State Clearinghouse after being signed by CDCR Secretary Matthew Cate. CDCR had met with Chowchilla city officials a number of times in the last several months to discuss this potential conversion and advised them of the decision prior to its filing.

A copy of the NOE can be found here at http://www.opr.ca.gov/m_stateclearinghouse.php.

A letter to District Assembly member Kristin Olson from CDCR Secretary Matthew Cate can be found here:

For more information about 2011 Public Safety Realignment visit CDCR’s Realignment website here: http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/realignment/index.html

For more information about the Three-Judge Court order visit CDCR’s website here: http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/News/3_judge_panel_decision.html
 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 9, 2011
Contact: Dana Toyama (916) 445-4950

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Update on Riot at California State Prison-Sacramento

More than 150 inmates involved

REPRESA – Officials from California State Prison-Sacramento’s Investigative Services Unit are investigating the cause of the December 7 riot that involved more than 150 maximum-security inmates. As required by Departmental policies, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s (CDCR) Office of Internal Affairs Deadly Force Investigations Team is investigating the use of lethal rounds in halting the disturbance.

Correctional peace officers used pepper spray and rubber projectiles, and fired seven lethal rounds to quell the riot that broke out about 12:40 p.m. Wednesday. No inmates were critically injured in the riot.

Eleven inmates were transported to Sacramento-area hospitals. Nine were treated for minor injuries and released, but two inmates remain hospitalized Thursday morning. One is being treated for a gunshot wound to the leg and the other for facial injuries and a possible broken shoulder not related to gunshots. Each is in stable condition.

More than 400 staff members at CSP-Sacramento responded to the incident, including custody and medical personnel. No staff member was injured; previously reported staff injuries were not related to the riot.

Correctional officers recovered five inmate-manufactured weapons after the incident.

The prison’s C-Facility, where maximum-security inmates are housed, was placed on a modified program pending further investigation into this matter.

The Office of the Inspector General's Bureau of Independent Review was notified.

CSP-Sacramento is a multi-mission institution that houses approximately 2,800 inmates and employs more than 1,700 staff. Opened in 1986, the institution primarily houses maximum-security inmates serving long sentences and those who have proved to be management problems at other institutions.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DECEMBER 8, 2011
CONTACT:
DANA TOYAMA (916) 445-4950
LEVANCE QUINN (916) 294-3012

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Riot at California State Prison-Sacramento Contained

Inmate injuries include stab wounds; gunshot wounds

REPRESA – A riot involving approximately 50 inmates in the maximum-security yard at California State Prison-Sacramento was contained shortly after it broke out at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. Prison staff used pepper spray and rubber projectiles and fired shots to quell the incident.

At this time, at least nine inmates have been transported to Sacramento-area hospitals for treatment of stab wounds, gunshot wounds and blunt force trauma. Their conditions are unknown at this time.

There are preliminary reports of minor injuries to some officers who responded to the incident.

The Folsom-area prison has been placed on a modified program pending further investigation into this matter.

CSP-Sacramento is a multi-mission institution that houses approximately 2,800 inmates and employs more than 1,700 staff. Opened in 1986, the institution primarily houses maximum-security inmates serving long sentences and those who have proved to be management problems at other institutions.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DECEMBER 7, 2011
CONTACT: TERRY THORNTON, (916) 445-4950
LEVANCE QUINN, (916) 294-3012

Remaining CDCR Contracts with Community Correctional Facilities Expire

SACRAMENTO The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) announced that the eight remaining contracts with Community Correctional Facilities (CCF) statewide expired last week as the state reduces the number of offenders eligible to be housed in CCFs.

CDCR ended the use of the remaining CCF beds as a result of the 2011 Public Safety Realignment and other actions the department has taken to reduce its inmate population, as ordered by the Three-Judge Court and affirmed in May by the U.S. Supreme Court.

In the past, the department has used CCFs to house minimum- and medium-custody inmates, virtually the same population that under Realignment will be housed in local jails. State prisons will be responsible for housing only violent, serious or sexual offenders, who cannot be safely housed in a CCF’s dormitory-style environment.  CCF contractors also provided education and vocational programs for the low-level inmates.

The CCFs whose contracts expired November 30 are:
  • Desert View Modified Community Correctional Facility in San Bernardino County
  • Shafter Community Correctional Facility in Kern County
  • Taft Community Correctional Facility in Kern County

CDCR will maintain its contract with Golden State Modified Community Correctional Facility (GSMCCF) in Kern County. The facility houses 600 Level I/II (Level IV being the highest security level) adult male inmates.

At its peak in 2008, CDCR contracted with 13 public and private CCFs to house up to 5,913 inmates. The state paid an average daily rate of $55.68 per contracted bed.

The CDCR’s Community Correctional Facilities Administration was deactivated effective December 1, 2011. Oversight of the remaining community correctional facility, GSMCCF, will be maintained under CDCR’s Contract Bed Unit, which oversees California’s out-of-state correctional facilities contracts.

With the expiration of the CDCR contracts, there are currently 2,321 public and 2,903 private CCF beds available in Fresno, Kern, Los Angeles, Lassen, San Bernardino, and Sutter Counties.

To see the list of potential bed space available by county, please visit CDCR’s website: http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/realignment/docs/CCF%20Potential%20Bed%20Space.pdf

For more information about CDCR’s actions to comply with the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed order to reduce its inmate population, visit CDCR’s website at: http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/News/3_judge_panel_decision.html


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
December 7, 2011                                                    
Contact: Dana Toyama
(916) 445-4950

Monday, December 5, 2011

Inmate Juan V. Corona Denied Parole

CORCORAN-- The Board of Parole Hearings (BPH) denied parole today to inmate Juan V. Corona. Corona, 77, has been serving 25 concurrent terms of 25-years-to-life for 25 counts of first-degree murder.

The board determined at the inmate’s 6th subsequent parole consideration hearing today at Corcoran State Prison, that Corona’s parole could reasonably pose a threat to public safety. He is not eligible for another hearing for five years.

Corona moved to Yuba City in Sutter County in the early 1950s as a migrant farm worker and established himself as a labor contractor. On May 19, 1971, a farmer who had hired Corona to arrange labor for his farm found a grave-shaped hole between two trees. When he checked the next day, the hole was filled. The farmer then called police.

Authorities dug the body of first victim, Kenneth Whitacre, from the earth. His throat and head had been hacked viciously, and his upper body had been stabbed repeatedly.

A search by authorities turned up more graves in peach orchards along the Feather River near Marysville. By early June 1971, the number totaled 25. All the victims were men who had been seen with Corona or gotten their jobs through Corona’s labor contracting business. They were either migrant farm workers or transients who were not missed by anyone. The number of murders set a record in the United States at the time.

Corona was tried in Colusa County and was found guilty of first-degree murder in January 1973 and received by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on Feb. 17, 1973. His conviction was overturned on appeal in 1978, and he won a new trial.

In 1982, Corona was again convicted of all 25 murders and sentenced to 25 life sentences. He was received on this commitment from Alameda County on Dec. 23, 1982.

The board hearing transcript will serve as the official record. The transcript is expected to be transcribed and ready in approximately 30 days.

For more information, please refer to the Board of Parole Hearings website: http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/BOPH/index.html

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DECEMBER 5, 2011
CONTACT: TERRY THORNTON
(916) 445-4950

Inmate Death at California State Prison – Los Angeles County Being Investigated as a Homicide

44-year-old cellmate identified as suspect in the case

LANCASTER – Officials from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and California State Prison-Los Angeles County (CSP-LAC) are investigating the December 4, 2011, death of a 46-year-old inmate as a homicide.

The inmate, whose name is being withheld pending notification of his next of kin, was received from Los Angeles County on Jan. 11, 2010, and was serving an eight-year sentence for second-degree robbery. The inmate had served prison terms from Los Angeles County for possession of a controlled substance in 1990, arson in 1993 and assault with a deadly weapon in 1997.

The deceased inmate’s 44-year-old cellmate has been identified as a suspect in the case. The inmate was received from Los Angeles County on August 13, 1997, with a 30-year sentence for assault with the intent to commit a specific sex offense. In 1989, he served half of a 12-year sentence from Los Angeles County for second-degree murder and second-degree robbery.

The Office of the Inspector General’s Bureau of Independent Review has been notified.

CSP-LAC provides secure, long-term housing and services for minimum-, high-medium and maximum-security male inmates. The prison, which opened in 1993, also provides academic and vocational educational programming designed to encourage productivity, inmate responsibility and self-improvement. The prison houses approximately 4,000 inmates and employs 1,622 people.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DECEMBER 5, 2011
CONTACT: TERRY THORNTON, (916) 445-4950
LT. JACKIE GALAPON, (661) 729-6912

Friday, December 2, 2011

CDCR Institutions, Camps, Parole Offices Schedule Holiday Events that Give Back to Communities in Need

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation staff, along with the inmates, youth and the parolees they supervise, have a long history of charitable contributions, fundraising, food donation and delivery of clothing and gifts for those less fortunate in their communities.  Below is a schedule of upcoming and ongoing events taking place this holiday season.

Dec. 2-3, 2011:  Chuckawalla Valley and Ironwood state prisons – The prisons will host their annual Breakfast with Santa for area foster children, as well as children and grandchildren of prison employees, on December 2 and 3.  For more information, contact Lt. Maria C. Mireles at (760) 922-9710.

Dec. 2-3, 2011:  The California Correctional Center, in conjunction with Lassen Family Services, will participate in the 22nd annual Victims of Crimes Hobby Craft Sale and Auction.  The craft sale will take place 5-9 p.m. December 2 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. December 3 at the Lassen County Fairgrounds.  The auction starts at 3 p.m. December 3.  Proceeds will benefit Victims of Crime in Lassen County.   For more information, contact Correctional Counselor Margaret Pieper at (530) 257-2181 ext. 4110.

Dec. 3-4, 2011:  Family and friends visiting youth at O.H. Close Youth Correctional Facility will be able to purchase a Christmas present for the youth.  Youth who don’t receive a visit during the two days can send a flier home describing how the program works. The Christmas gift contains a white T-shirt, two pair of white socks, shampoo, body wash, and a variety of food items – Rice Crispy treats, trail mix andcookies, for example. Family members can send $20 for the present by the December 11 deadline. Proceeds from the gifts will be added to money from other fund-raisers for the Adopt-a-Family program. O.H. Close YCF has adopted a family from the Stockton Area Homeless Shelter. The youths will wrap presents for the family members, and one youth will go to the shelter to deliver the presents and get an up-close view of the meaning of giving back to the community.  For more information, contact Parole Agent Katie Henne at (209) 944-6400 ext. 6673.

Dec. 7, 2011:  Kern Valley State Prison staff will present baby blankets to students in Valley High School’s Parents and Children Together (PACT) Program. The PACT Program provides a flexible school schedule for student-parents to continue their education.  For more information, contact Lt. Jeffrey Smith at (661) 721-6300 ext. 5514.

Dec 7, 2011:  Avenal State Prison has a Christmas gifting tree through December 7 near the snack bar in the Administration Building. Each ornament represents a child who is in need of a gift. Staff members who are too busy to purchase a gift will have the option of using the Community Resource Office, which will provide a courtesy shopper to handle cash donations.  For more information, contact Lt. Edward Borla at (559) 386-0674 ext. 5028.

Dec. 10, 2011:  Uniformed staff at Centinela State Prison are volunteering for the “Shop With a Cop” program for children in Imperial County.  The officers and children will start at Southwest High School on their shopping spree, which lasts from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, contact Lt. Jesse Jackson at (760) 337-7900 ext. 7601.

Dec. 16, 2011:   Kern Valley State Prison – Raffle tickets are on sale for $5 to raise money for Pond School outside Delano. The grand prize is a 47-inch LCD TV with a BlueRay player and surround-sound system donated by Acting Chief Deputy Warden Ed Blanco.  The winner will be selected December 16.  For more information, contact Lt. Jeffrey Smith at (661) 721-6300 ext. 5514.

Dec. 16, 2011:   Kern Valley State Prison selected Delano Head Start Pre-School for its annual “Adopt a School” Program.  Staff will stage a Christmas event with tree-decorating, a sing-a-long, story time, and a visit from Santa.  Each student will receive a warm coat, shoes, and a toy purchased by KVSP staff. For more information, contact Lt. Jeffrey Smith at (661) 721-6300 ext. 5514.

Dec. 17, 2011: The Chuckawalla Valley State Prison and Ironwood State Prison Employees Association, in conjunction with the Citizens Advisory Committee, has established a program similar to “Shop with a Cop” – “Civil Servants for Santa” -- in which uniformed personnel, such as police, firefighters, nurses, correctional officers, etc., take underprivileged children on a one-day shopping extravaganza at a local retail store. The first group will begin at 9 a.m., boarding a Christmas trolley and escorted by emergency vehicles to K-Mart. For more information, contact Lt. Maria Mireles, (831) 678-5952 or Lt. Willie Hawkins, (760) 921-4382.

Dec. 17, 2011: California Correctional Center and High Desert State Prison – Collection boxes for Lassen County Toys for Tots are at the institutions’ front entrances.  Toys will be distributed 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. December 17 at the Lassen County Fairgrounds.  For more information, contact Correctional Counselor Margaret Pieper at (530) 257-2181 ext. 4110.

December:  Valley State Prison for Women is teaming up with the United Way.  Prison staff will provide gifts for children through the Wishes for Wee Little Ones program. Staff can come by the Administration Building to pick up an ornament, then bring an unwrapped gift for the child in need.  For more information, contact Lt. Gregory Bergersen at (559) 665-6100 ext. 5509.
   
December:    N. A. Chaderjian Youth Correctional Facility – NACYCF will adopt 10 families.  The goal is to raise $2,500 through fundraisers.  Youth will participate in shopping excursions to purchase Christmas presents for the families.  For more information, contact Parole Agent Katie Henne at (209) 944-6400 ext. 6673.

December:  The California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility received donations of nearly 500 bicycles that were donated to local law enforcement agencies and nonprofit organizations to be given to children through the Vocational Wheel Chair and Bicycle Refurbishing Program.  Staff will take part in an annual toy drive for underprivileged children of Corcoran.  CSATF/SP is committed to donating gifts for approximately 500 children.  Additionally, 120 bicycles were refurbished for the event.  For more information, contact Community Partnership Manager Florence Coté at (559) 992-7294.

December:  The California Institution for Women is working with the Salvation Army to provide Christmas gifts to 30 families.  For more information, contact Lt. Felix Figueroa at (909) 597-1771 ext. 4921.

December:  The California Medical Facility Bicycle Refurbishing Project has provided bicycles to needy children since 1988. Bicycle paint and tires are purchased by funds collected by recycling aluminum cans from the institution. CMF also has a Giving Tree to find local donors of age-specific gifts.    For more information, contact Lt. Roger Benton at (707) 448-6841 ext. 6509.

December:  The California Institution for Women is adopting 30 families in conjunction with the Salvation Army in Ontario; presenting 20 refurbished bicycles to the Chino Police Department for distribution; and providing refurbished bicycles to programs in San Bernardino and Azusa.  For more information, contact Lt. Felix Figueroa at (909) 597-1771 ext. 4921.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

CDCR Agents Instrumental in Capture of New Jersey Man Suspected of Murdering of His Daughter

Sacramento -- Members of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Fugitive Apprehension Team were instrumental in the November 29 capture in San Diego of a 27-year-old man who was on the run from New Jersey police for allegedly killing his 2-year-old daughter.

CDCR agents, members of the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force, spotted Arthur Morgan III on an apartment balcony Tuesday in San Diego and alerted other task force members. Moments later, the team took Morgan into custody without incident.

Morgan had been the subject of a nation-wide manhunt in the November 21 murder of Teirra Morgan-Glover, whose body was found strapped in car seat partially submerged in a creek in Wall Township, NJ. The toddler had been on a New Jersey court-approved visit with her father at the time of her death. Morgan had been featured on the America’s Most Wanted TV show.

The Fugitive Task Force received information from New Jersey authorities that Morgan might be hiding in an apartment in the San Diego area. Morgan was booked into the San Diego County jail where he awaits extradition proceedings.

CDCR’s Fugitive Apprehension Team is one of six specialized units within the department’s Office of Correctional Safety that handle fugitive and escapee apprehension, gang-management issues, critical incident responses and criminal investigations.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Contact: Luis Patino
(916) 445-4950

Inmates Captured After Walking Away from Minimum Support Facility at Salinas Valley State Prison

SALINAS– The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) today announced the apprehension of two inmates who walked away from the Minimum Support Facility at Salinas Valley State Prison (SVSP) on November 19, 2011.

Inmate Omar Ramirez, 32, was captured late Tuesday night in Compton, California and transported to California Institution for Men in Chino, California. Ramirez was committed to CDCR on December 30, 2009 from Los Angeles County and serving a one-year, four-month sentence for possession of a firearm by an ex-felon.

Inmate Yovanni Peralta Diaz, 22, was captured after a brief chase Wednesday morning in Madera, California and was transported back to SVSP.  Diaz was committed to CDCR on September 14, 2011 from Orange County and is serving a three-year sentence for transportation and solicitation of controlled substances.

Both inmates were captured by CDCR’s Office of Correctional Safety and Special Service Unit.

The two inmates were last seen walking laps together on the facility’s track at approximately 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 19. The two were noticed missing at approximately 9:15 p.m. during an institutional inmate count.

SVSP provides long-term housing and services for designated Level I and Level IV inmates. Level I inmates are housed in one of two dorms on the Minimum Support Facility (MSF), and the Level IV inmates are housed in one of four other facilities at the institution. SVSP provides Correctional Clinical Case Management System (CCCMS), Enhanced Outpatient Program (EOP) and Mental Health Crisis Bed (MHCB) services. For more information on SVSP, visit CDCR's website at www.cdcr.ca.gov/Facilities_Locator/SVSP.html

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                     
November 30, 2011 
Contact: Dana Toyama
(916) 445-4950 

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Condemned Inmate David Murtishaw Dies of Natural Causes

SAN QUENTIN – Condemned inmate David Leslie Murtishaw, 54, who was on death row for the murder of three University of Southern California film students in 1978, was found unresponsive in his cell last night at San Quentin State Prison. Murtishaw was pronounced dead of natural causes at 10:36 p.m. He was single-celled.

Murtishaw was sentenced to death by a Kern County jury for the April 9, 1978, for the murders of James Lee Henderson, Martha Bernice Soto and Ingrid M. Etayo, who were making a student film in the Mojave Desert.

Murtishaw was received onto California’s death row at San Quentin on May 1, 1979.

Since California reinstated capital punishment in 1978, 55 condemned inmates have died from natural causes, 19 have committed suicide, 13 were executed in California, one was executed in Missouri and six died from other causes. As of November 23, 2011, there are 718 offenders on California’s death row.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 23, 2011
Contact: Lt. Sam Robinson
(415) 454-1460 ext. 5008 or
Dana Toyama (916) 445-4950

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

WASCO Staff Conduct Annual Food Drive to Help Feed Hungry in Their Community

For more than 10 years now, the staff at Wasco State Prison’s Reception Center has hosted a local food drive to help needy families in the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Last week, Wasco staff distributed 57 food boxes, each containing the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal for a family of six.

The food drive was topped off with a Thanksgiving feast at Allensworth Elementary School. WSP-RC has been providing a Thanksgiving luncheon for students at Allensworth Elementary since 1998.

Acting Warden J. N. Katavich and the prison’s Reception Center staff served a Thanksgiving lunch with all the trimmings to students and other members of the community.

Helping serve the lunch were AssemblymanDavid G. Valadao, R-30th District, and Dameane Douglas, a representative from the office of state Sen. Michael J. Rubio, D-16th District.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Inmates Walk Away from Minimum Support Facility of Salinas Valley State Prison

SALINAS—The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) announced that on November 19, 2011, two minimum security inmates escaped from the Minimum Support Facility of Salinas Valley State Prison (SVSP) which is located in South Monterey County, just north of the city of Soledad, CA.

The first escape is 32-year old Omar Ramirez, Hispanic male, 5’ 8” tall and 210 pounds. Ramirez has brown eyes and black hair however, it is shaved at the time. Ramirez was committed to CDCR on December 30, 2009 from Los Angeles County for being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm.

The second escapee is 22-year old Yovanni Peralta Diaz, Hispanic male, 5’ 5” tall and 173 pounds. Diaz has brown eyes and black hair however; it is trimmed very short at this time. Diaz was committed to CDCR on September 14, 2011 from Orange County for transportation and selling controlled substances.

Both inmates were last seen at approximately 7:30 pm on November 19, 2011.

SVSP has activated the institution’s Incident Command Post and Escape Pursuit Plan.

Anyone have information about, or knowledge of, the location of either of these two escapees should immediately contact 911 or the SVSP Watch Commander at (831) 678-5542.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 19, 2011
Contact: Lt. Michael Nilsson
(916) 445-4950

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Condemned Inmate Brandon Wilson Dies of Suicide

SAN QUENTIN – Condemned inmate Brandon Wilson, 33, who was on death row for the murder of a 9-year-old boy, was found hanging in his cell this morning at San Quentin State Prison. Wilson was pronounced dead at 6:47 a.m. He was single-celled.

Wilson was sentenced to death by a San Diego County jury on November 4, 1999, for the November 14, 1998, murder of Matthew Cecchi in an Oceanside park restroom.

Wilson was received onto California’s death row on November 9, 1999, with a death sentence for first-degree murder with special circumstances.  On February 22, 2000, Wilson also began serving a life sentence from Los Angeles County for attempted first-degree murder.

Since 1978 when California reinstated capital punishment, 54 condemned inmates have died from natural causes, 19 committed suicide, 13 were executed in California, one was executed in Missouri and six died from other causes.  As of November 17, 2011, there are 719 offenders on California’s death row.

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Contact:
Terry Thornton, (916) 445-4950
Sgt. Gabe Walters, (415) 455-5008

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Inmate Charles Watson Denied Parole

IONE – The Board of Parole Hearings (BPH) denied parole today to inmate Charles Denton Watson at a parole suitability hearing at Mule Creek State Prison. Inmate Watson, 65, has been serving a life sentence for his involvement in the 1969 Manson Family murders.

It was Watson’s 16th appearance before a BPH panel. Inmate Watson will be considered for another parole review in five years.

On August 9, 1969, Charles “Tex” Watson and his crime partners Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Linda Kasabian murdered Abigail Ann Folger, Wojciech Frykowski, Steven Earl Parent, Sharon Tate Polanski who was eight months pregnant, and Thomas Jay Sebring. Folger, Polanski and Sebring died from multiple stab wounds. Frykowski was shot, received multiple blunt force trauma to his head, and was stabbed. He died from the gunshot wound. Parent died from multiple gunshot wounds.

On August 10, 1969, Watson, Atkins, Charles Manson, Krenwinkel, and Leslie Van Houten murdered Leno and Rosemary La Bianca. They died from multiple stab wounds.

On October 21, 1971, Watson was sentenced to death by a Los Angeles County jury and received onto California’s death row on November 17, 1971 for seven counts of first-degree murder and one count of conspiracy to commit murder. On December 13, 1972, the Superior Court of California in the County of Los Angeles vacated and set aside the death penalty pursuant to People v. Anderson (1972). The Anderson decision caused all capital sentences in the State of California to be commuted to life in prison. The decision was retroactive. Watson’s death sentence was vacated on March 20, 1973 and he was resentenced to a life term. He has been housed at Mule Creek State Prison since 1993.

The Board hearing transcript will serve as the official record. The transcript is expected to be transcribed and ready in approximately 30 days.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NOVEMBER 16, 2011
CONTACT: TERRY THORNTON
(916) 445-4950