Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Inmate Who Walked Away From Deadwood Conservation Camp Apprehended

YREKA – Minimum-security California Correctional Center inmate Daniel R. Fidler, who walked away from Deadwood Conservation Camp (CC #23) on Dec. 26, was apprehended the morning of Dec. 29.

At approximately 9:12 a.m. Dec. 29, the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department apprehended Fidler, 42, during a traffic stop on Highway 96 in the Horse Creek area near the town of Happy Camp. Authorities were alerted to Fidler’s location due to a 911 call from a local citizen.

Fidler was committed to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) on July 15, 2015, from Humboldt County for burglary. He was scheduled to be released from CDCR custody in January 2018

Fidler will be transported back to the California Correctional Center in Susanville, and will no longer be eligible to be housed in a Conservation Camp.

Since 1977, 99 percent of all offenders who have left an adult institution, camp, or community-based program without permission have been apprehended.

Aaron Yderraga, PIO/AA
(530) 257-2181

Monday, December 28, 2015

Walk Away from Deadwood Conservation Camp (CC #23)

Yreka, California – A minimum-security inmate from the California Correctional Center walked away from Deadwood Conservation Camp (CC #23) on December 26, 2015.

Inmate Daniel R. Fidler, 42, is a white male, 5’ 8” tall, 174 pounds, with hazel eyes and a bald head. He was committed to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) on July 15, 2015, from Humboldt County for Burglary. He was scheduled to be released from CDCR custody on January 9, 2018.

Inmate Fidler was assigned to an inmate firefighting crew at CC #23 in Yreka. The camp houses approximately 100 minimum-custody inmates.

Inmate Fidler was last seen at CC #23 by camp staff on December 26 during the 7 p.m. count.  He was discovered missing later that day by CC #23 staff during the 8:30 p.m. count. 

On December 26, a report of a stolen vehicle was made from a residence approximately four miles east of CC #23.  This vehicle was discovered by law enforcement on December 27 at 9 a.m., abandoned on Highway 96 approximately three miles east of Horse Creek turnoff.  The vehicle is a red/grey 1975 Ford F-250 flatbed truck.  Law enforcement has reason to believe that this vehicle was stolen by Inmate Fidler, and that he may still be in the area.

Anyone with information regarding the above mentioned vehicle, or Inmate Fidler, should contact either 9-1-1, the CCC Watch Commander at (530) 257-2181 extension 4173, or other law enforcement authorities immediately.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Inmate Riot at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility Under Investigation

SAN DIEGO – Approximately 134 inmates were involved in a riot on the Facility A Level III recreational yard at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility (RJDCF) on today. The cause of the riot is under investigation.

The incident began at 11:25 a.m. when two inmates began fighting near the workout area. Other inmates joined in and the incident escalated into a riot.

Officers used four foam rounds and three warning shots from the Mini 14 to stop the incident. No inmates were struck by the lethal rounds. Some inmates suffered minor injuries and were treated by on duty medical staff. Three inmates were sent to a hospital outside the prison for further medical treatment. No staff members were injured.

This incident is being investigated by the prison’s Investigative Services Unit and the Office of the Inspector General was notified. CDCR’s Deadly Force Investigation Team will also review this incident.


The prison has been placed on a modified program and inmate movement on Facility A is expected to remain restricted to facilitate the investigation. All inmates suspected to have been involved have been placed in an Administrative Segregation Unit.

RJDCF opened in July 1987 on approximately 780 acres in San Diego County. The primary mission of the prison is to provide housing and supervision for minimum- to high-security inmates. Designed as a training and work-oriented facility, RJDCF provides health care, vocational, academic and industrial programs for 3,200 male inmates and employs about 1,500 people.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                           
December 10, 2015            

Contact: Lt. Philip Bracamonte                                                                                           
 (619) 661-7802
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Monday, December 7, 2015

Inmate Back In Custody After Walking Away From Minimum Support Facility

COALINGA–  California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials announced today that Jessie Quintanilla, 19, was taken back into custody early Monday morning, December 7, 2015, less than three hours after he was discovered missing from his dorm at Pleasant Valley State Prison (PVSP).

Following the activation of PVSP’s escape pursuit plan, Quintanilla was discovered within city limits and taken into custody without incident by the Coalinga Police Department.

Quintanilla, normally housed on the Minimum Support Facility of PVSP in Fresno County, was serving a four-year sentence for first degree burglary. He was scheduled to be released in 2016, but CDCR will now refer his case to the Fresno County District Attorney for prosecution on escape charges.

Quintanilla has been returned to a secure location within the institution and removed from the Minimum Support Facility. 

CDCR expressed its appreciation to the Coalinga Police Department, and especially Michael Salvador, Chief of Police, for their teamwork in apprehending Quintanilla. 

Since 1977, ninety-nine percent of all offenders who have left an adult institution, camp, or community-based program without permission have been apprehended.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     Contact: Lt. Ryan Anderson
December 7, 2015        (559) 935-4972  

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Inmate Death at Kern Valley State Prison Being Investigated as Homicide

DELANO – Officials at Kern Valley State Prison (KVSP) are investigating the death of an inmate this morning as a homicide.

Inmate Larry T. Hite, 59, was found unresponsive in his cell at 6:35 a.m. KVSP staff immediately began lifesaving measures and an ambulance was called. Hite succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at 7:40 a.m. His next-of-kin has been notified.

Hite was received by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) on October 1, 2015, from San Bernardino County to serve life with the possibility of parole for first-degree murder.

Prison officials have named Hite’s cellmate, Travis Smoot, 25, as a suspect. Smoot was received by CDCR on July 3, 2014, from Kern County to serve a four-year sentence for assault with a deadly weapon.

Smoot has been placed in the Administrative Segregation Unit pending the investigation by KVSP, the Kern County Coroner and the Kern County District Attorney. The Office of the Inspector General was notified.

KVSP opened in 2005 and houses 3,819 minimum-, medium-, maximum- and high-security custody inmates. KVSP offers academic classes and vocational programs and employs approximately 1,800 people. For more information, visit www.cdcr.ca.gov.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 1, 2015
   
CONTACT:LT. Marshall Denning
(661) 721-6314
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Friday, November 20, 2015

Fourteen Juvenile Offenders Graduate

                     Pine Grove graduation ceremony’s theme is “Life is what you make it”
PINE GROVE – Fourteen youths at the Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp (YCC) in Pine Grove received a high school diploma or General Educational Degree (GED) today in a major step toward their rehabilitation.

Nine students – among 60 youth trained to fight fires – received high school diplomas and five earned a GED or a high school equivalency while battling several blazes throughout this busy fire season including the Valley Fire in Lake, Napa and Sonoma counties that burned 76,000 acres and took a month to get under control.

Pine Grove YCC is operated jointly by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ).

“This is priceless,” Tod Dorris, a fire captain working for CAL FIRE at Pine Grove YCC for 13 years, said. “The goal is to change behavior, to learn a skill. You can’t put a price on what goes on here, and what it can mean if these guys take advantage of the opportunities.”

When not working the fire lines, clearing brush or doing other maintenance projects throughout Amador County, the youth offenders are working on their high school degrees and attending classes from 5:30 in the afternoon until 10 o’clock at night.

”We know how busy these guys are, and how committed they need to be,” recently retired teacher Tony Kubiak explained. “This is an honor for them to be here. And as for education, this is a legitimate high school, with all the same requirements as any other California high school.”


Two students, Jose Lopez and Jesus Hernandez, were chosen by school administrators to speak at this year’s graduation ceremony.

Dr. J. Holmes Armstead Jr., retired professor from the United States Naval War College, was the guest speaker.

Pine Grove YCC in Amador County screens and accepts low-risk youth from other DJJ facilities. They range in age from 18 to 24 and typically include between 50 and 80 males at any given time. Fire training is provided by CAL FIRE and youth are certified to engage in wild land firefighting operations. Fire crews from DJJ camps perform approximately 189,000 hours of fire suppression in a normal year for the people of California.

DJJ operates an accredited school district, which provides youth offenders with the same high school curriculum in each of its four institutions they would receive in their home community. Youth attend school Monday through Friday. DJJ considers a diploma or GED a minimum requirement for parole consideration. From 2010-2014, a total of 935 youth earned a high school diploma or GED at DJJ’s four high schools. In addition, 614 students earned Career Technical Education certificates for vocational programs.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 20, 2015

CONTACT: Mike Roots
(209) 296-7581
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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Inmate Death at Kern Valley State Prison Being Investigated as Homicide

DELANO – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is investigating as a potential homicide the death of an inmate Wednesday morning at Kern Valley State Prison (KVSP).

Inmate Gustavo Vital, 34, was found unresponsive in his cell at 1:50 a.m. Nov. 11. Staff immediately began lifesaving measures, and an ambulance was called. Vital succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at 2:20 a.m. Nov. 11. His next-of-kin has been notified.

Prison officials have named Vital’s cellmate, Jesse Serrano, 37, as a suspect. Serrano was received by CDCR on Feb. 14, 2013, from Los Angeles County to serve a 16-year sentence for using a hostage as a shield, with a firearm involved.

Vital was received by CDCR on March 19, 2012, from Los Angeles County to serve 33 years and four months for second-degree robbery.

Serrano has been placed in the Administrative Segregation Unit pending the investigation by KVSP, Kern County Coroner and Kern County District Attorney. The Office of the Inspector General was notified.

KVSP opened in 2005 and houses 3,819 minimum-, medium-, maximum- and high-security custody inmates. KVSP offers academic classes and vocational programs and employs approximately 1,800 people. For more information, visit www.cdcr.ca.gov.

CONTACT: Lt. Marshall Denning
(661) 721-6314

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Inmate Back In Custody After Walking Away From Work Project

VALYERMO, CA – California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials announced today that Kent Lesporavsky, 43, was taken back into custody early Tuesday morning, November 10, 2015, approximately six days after he was discovered missing from a work project in the city of Highlands in San Bernardino County.

Following an investigation led by CDCR’s Special Service Unit and including the department’s Office of Correctional Safety and Fugitive Apprehension Team, as well as the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Marshal Service, Lesporavsky was taken into custody without incident as he was entering a spa on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles.

Lesparovsky, normally housed at the minimum-security Fenner Canyon Conservation Camp near the community of Valyermo in Los Angeles County, was part of a crew that was clearing a flood channel when he disappeared.

Lesporavsky was serving an eight-year, eight-month sentence, for transport and sale of marijuana, two counts of evading or attempting to evade a peace officer while driving recklessly, and resisting or deterring an officer with a threat of violence.  He was scheduled to be released in 2019, but CDCR will now refer his case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution on escape charges.

In addition, Lesporavsky has been returned to a secure institution and removed from the conservation camp program.

Since 1977, ninety-nine percent of all offenders who have left an adult institution, camp, or community-based program without permission have been apprehended.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 10, 2015
   

CONTACT: Lt. Kelsey
(209) 984-5291 extension 5499

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Monday, November 9, 2015

Inmate Death Being Investigated As Potential Homicide

                                        Inmate found unresponsive in his cell
CORCORAN – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is investigating as a potential homicide the death of an inmate found unresponsive in his cell this morning at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in Corcoran (SATF).

Inmate Rufus Hodges, 51, was declared deceased by SATF medical staff at 8:02 a.m. and his cellmate, Christopher Shirley, was detained and placed in a holding cell as a suspect. The cause of death is to be determined.

Hodges was committed to the CDCR in October, 2013 and was serving a sentence of life without the possibility of parole for two convictions of murder in Riverside County.


Shirley, 35, is serving a sentence of 46 years, 4 months, his second strike, after being convicted in Shasta County of two counts of assault with a semi-automatic firearm and inflicting great bodily harm on a child under the age of five.

In keeping with CDCR policy, the Office of Inspector General and the Kings County District Attorney have been notified of Hodges’ death.

Opened in August, 1997, SATF provides housing, programs and services for 5,518 minimum- and maximum-custody inmates and employs 1,800 people.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 9, 2015

CONTACT: Lt. Erick Smith
(559) 992-7154    

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Friday, November 6, 2015

Inmate Riot at Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Under Investigation

CORCORAN – Approximately 20 inmates were involved in a riot in three C-Facility dayrooms at California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison-Corcoran (SATF) on Thursday, Nov. 5. The cause of the riot is under investigation.

The incident began at 8:40 p.m., when an inmate was attacked by two other inmates in a dayroom. The physical altercation escalated into a riot within the dayrooms of the maximum-security building.

When staff saw an inmate attacking another with an inmate-manufactured weapon, two Mini-14 rounds were deployed, one striking the inmate in the lower torso. He was transported by helicopter to an outside hospital, where he is reported in stable condition. Officers used nine foam rounds and four pepper spray grenades to quell the incident. The inmate-manufactured weapon was recovered at the scene.

A second inmate was airlifted to an outside hospital, having received multiple stab wounds. He is listed in critical condition. Four additional inmates were transported by ambulance to hospitals for treatment of injuries including lacerations, puncture wounds and head trauma. All have been discharged and are in an Administrative Segregation Unit at SATF.

This incident is being investigated by the Investigative Services Unit at the prison. The Office of the Inspector General was notified. CDCR’s Deadly Force Investigation Team will also review this incident.

Inmate movement is limited throughout the prison and C-Facility is expected to remain on modified program until the investigation into the cause of the riot is complete.

SATF opened in August 1997 on approximately 280 acres in Kings County. The institution provides housing, programs and services for 5,518 minimum- and maximum-custody male inmates and employs 1,800 people.

CONTACT: Stephen Smith
(559) 992-7154

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Inmate Walks Away From Conservation Project

VALYERMO, CA — California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials are looking for a minimum-security inmate who walked away from a work crew near the community of Highlands, in San Bernardino County.

Inmate Kent Lesporavsky, 43, was last seen wearing white and grey thermals underneath an orange jumpsuit marked “CDCR Inmate” while working in the flood control channel near Highland Boulevard and Highway 330, in Highlands, Ca.  Cal Fire and CDCR staff searched the immediate area after Lesporavsky was discovered missing.   All local law enforcement agencies have been notified and are assisting in the search and apprehension efforts.

Lesporavsky is a white male, 6’ 1“ tall, weighing 220 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.  He is serving an eight year, eight month sentence after being convicted of transporting and selling marijuana, two counts of evading a peace officer while driving recklessly and resisting an officer.  He was scheduled to be paroled in September, 2019.

Anyone with information regarding Lesporavsky is asked to contact the Commander of the Fenner Canyon Conservation Camp (661)-944-0173 or the Watch Commander of the Sierra Conservation Center (209) 984-5291, extension 5439.


Of all offenders who have escaped from an adult institution, camp or community-based program since 1977, 98.7 percent have been apprehended.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                    Contact: Lt. W. Mock
November 4, 2015                                                                                (661) 944-0173

Monday, November 2, 2015

CDCR Checks on 1255 Sex Offenders during Operation Boo


Statewide sweep results in weapons, drugs and pornography confiscated 

SACRAMENTO – California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) parole agents contacted 1255 sex-offender parolees during compliance checks or searches as part of the 22nd annual Operation Boo Child Safety Project on Halloween night. “Our thanks go out to the hundreds of parole agents and local law enforcement personnel, many of whom volunteer their time to help ensure that California’s children can enjoy a safer trick-or-treat experience free from sexual predators,” said Bobby Haase, Deputy Director of the Division of Adult Parole Operations.


Fifty-two parolees were found to be in violation of their conditions of parole. New charges were filed against 4 of the sex-offender parolees contacted. Pornography was confiscated from sixteen of the parolees checked on Halloween night. Seven were found with narcotics.  Five parolees were caught with weapons.

Operation Boo also offered a free downloadable brochure. The Parent’s Guide has information to keep children safe all year.  It features these components:

·                Not Just Stranger Danger: The California Department of Justice‘s Megan’s Law website says 90% of child victims know their offender, with almost half of the offenders being a family member.  Of sexual assaults against people age 12 and up, approximately 80% of the victims know the offender.   CDCR listed several website locations with tips on how to talk to children about dangerous behaviors by any adult, not just strangers.

              Parent Empowerment:  Links to important tools were included to help keep children safe, such as the Megan’s Law website that helps the public pinpoint where sex-offenders live so children can stay clear of them.

For more information about Operation Boo please visit: www.cdcr.ca.gov

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Friday, October 16, 2015

CDCR Accepts “Cool Planet” Award for Climate Change, Conservation Projects

                                       Solar energy, water, lighting projects honored

SACRAMENTO - The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) today accepted the “Cool Planet” award from the Climate Registry and Southern California Edison (SCE) for solar energy, lighting, recycling and construction projects that have reduced the department’s energy use by 13 percent since 2003, water use by 1.6 billion gallons a year compared to 2010, and greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 55,000 metric tons between 2010 and 2014. These achievements exceed the state’s short-term goals and are ahead of schedule to meet more stringent goals by 2020.

“We believe we have a responsibility to be a leader among state agencies for environmental stewardship and are proud of our partnership with SCE and others on projects that are reducing pollution, saving energy and also saving taxpayers millions of dollars in the process,” said CDCR Secretary Jeff Beard.  “The incentive and rebate programs available through SCE have helped us to finance the projects and to implement them on an accelerated time scale.”

Among the efforts recognized by the award:

•    Solar photovoltaic arrays constructed at 12 prisons since 2006 that generate more than 33.6 megawatts, enough to power at least 7,300 homes, and that will save taxpayers more than $75 million in electricity costs over the next 20 years;
•    Eighty-four energy-efficiency projects installed since 2008 that cut energy costs by $6.7 million per year;
•    Since 2010, constructed and renovated 18 buildings to U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Gold or Silver LEED-NC certification and another four buildings to Gold or Silver LEED-CI/EB certification;
•    Drought management and water conservation projects, including installation of low-flow technology and other water restrictions in prisons, reducing water use throughout CDCR by 25 percent, or 1.5 billion gallons per year since 2013;
•    An overall reduction in 2014 greenhouse gas emissions of 12 percent since 2010, beyond the 10 percent goal for 2015 set for all state agencies by Governor Brown, and ahead of schedule to reduce emissions by 20 percent by 2020. 
         
“The State of California has shown tremendous political leadership and conviction on climate change over the years and the need to take action is as urgent as ever,” said David Rosenheim, Executive Director of the Climate Registry, during presentation of the Cool Planet awards in Los Angeles. 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 16, 2015
   
CONTACT: BILL SESSA
916) 445-4950
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Monday, October 12, 2015

San Diego Prison Inmate Escapee Apprehended

Joshua Drinnon back in custody after escaping while out of state

SACRAMENTO – California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) special agents apprehended maximum-security inmate Joshua Drinnon and took him into custody today. Drinnon had escaped approximately 40 days ago while being transported back to prison in San Diego following a court appearance in Tennessee.
“We can credit the diligence of our agents and our partnership with the US Marshals Service for locating a dangerous offender and taking him off the streets,” CDCR Office of Correctional Safety Chief Derrick Marion said.
On Wednesday, Sept. 2, Drinnon, 36, was being transported back to Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility by a private inmate transportation service contracted through the Sullivan County Sheriff's Department in Tennessee. At a rest stop on Interstate 80 about five miles outside Princeton, Illinois, Drinnon was able to get out of his restraints and elude the transporting officers, scaling a fence and running into a cornfield.
Local authorities in Illinois conducted a search for the inmate, but with no new leads suspended the search after a couple of days. The CDCR Office of Correctional Safety (OCS) and the US Marshals Service (USMS) formed a task force to track down Drinnon. The investigation led CDCR and USMS personnel to Oregon. On Oct. 12, 2015, OCS and USMS personnel located and arrested Drinnon in the city of Ashland, in Jackson County.
Drinnon was found at a local resource center for the homeless and people in need in Ashland. He was arrested without incident. The Ashland Police Department was notified and has provided transportation to a local detention facility pending extradition.
Drinnon was committed to CDCR on Dec. 12, 2012, from San Luis Obispo County with a 17-year sentence for robbery, his second strike. He was scheduled to be released to parole in May 2025. After that, he would have been transported to Tennessee to serve the six-year sentence for aggravated robbery he received while out to court.

Of all escapes from adult institutions, conservation camps and in-state contract bed facilities, 98.5 percent have been apprehended.
Contact: Terry Thornton, (916) 445-4950

Thursday, October 8, 2015

New Mental Health Facility Dedicated at Central California Women’s Facility

                 Female Inmates Training In Construction Trades Do Most of the Work
CHOWCHILLA---The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) today dedicated a state of the art building at the Central California Women’s Facility, largely constructed by female inmates training in the construction trades, to enhance mental health treatment for inmates.

The $5.1 million, 7,133 sq. ft. facility, which incorporates many features to conserve water and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, will provide space for group and individual therapy sessions for up to 64 inmates at a time in addition to offices for administrative staff and clinicians.  The building, which received a CalGreen LEED rating from the U.S. Green Building Council, features low-flow toilets and other water-saving plumbing, and highly efficient, roof-mounted heating and air conditioning systems and skylights that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide more natural light that is beneficial to mental health treatment. 
 
The project was managed by CDCR’s Inmate Ward Labor Program and the on-site work was done primarily by 45 female inmates who are learning construction skills in a pre-apprentice program that will make them more employable when they are released on parole.  The dedication ceremony doubled as a graduation for many of the inmates, who completed 30 hours of classroom work and 40 hours a week of on-site training.  They received certificates of completion from Fresno Local 104 Sheet Metal Workers for Pre-Apprenticeship and certificates for their ability to operate forklifts, skid steers and scissor-lifts or for their knowledge of basic OSHA safety rules on construction sites.

“This facility demonstrates our commitment to meeting the mental health needs of all of our inmates, regardless of the level of care they need,” said Diana Toche, CDCR Undersecretary for Health Care Services, who presided over the building dedication.  “At the same time, by incorporating state of the art technology to conserve water and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the building shows CDCR’s commitment to environmental stewardship.”

“This building is also the product of a rehabilitation program that gives inmates a chance to create a better life for themselves when they leave prison,” said Toche.  “The women who received certificates today, and those who will follow them, should be recognized for the courage it took to enroll in the pre-apprentice program and the dedication to see it through to the end.  We hope that every one of them will take the skills they learned on this project into a career that will sustain them and their families for many years.”

The building is the seventh and final project constructed by CDCR over the last five years to increase capacity for mental health treatment ranging from out-patient counseling to acute care that is required by the U.S. Federal court as part of the Coleman settlement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                       
October 9, 2015    
                                  
Contact: Bill Sessa
(916) 445-4950

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Valley View Conservation Camp Walkaway Inmate in Custody

SUSANVILLE – A minimum-security inmate from California Correctional Center (CCC) who walked away from Valley View Conservation Camp (CC #34) on October 5, 2015, has been apprehended.

On October 6, 2015, at approximately 11.00 P.M., an officer with the Santa Maria Police Department apprehended Inmate Jorge A. Macedo in Santa Maria, California at an area motel. Macedo attempted to evade capture and the officer used physical force to take Macedo into custody.

Macedo was transported to the California Men’s Colony in San Luis Obispo and is being returned to the California Correctional Center in Susanville. Macedo will be housed in the Administrative Segregation Unit pending a complete investigation into his actions.

Macedo was committed to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on March 26, 2015, from Santa Barbara County for Possession of a Controlled Substance for Sale. He was scheduled to be released from CDCR custody on July 25, 2018.

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                         
October 7, 2015                                          

Lieutenant Charles Gilmore
(530) 257-2181 ext. 4110
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Monday, October 5, 2015

Walk Away from Valley View Conservation Camp (CC #34)

Elk Creek, California – A minimum-security inmate from the California Correctional Center walked away from Valley View Conservation Camp (CC #34) on October 5, 2015.

Inmate Jorge A. Macedo, 32, is a Hispanic male, 5’ 7” tall, 193 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair. He was committed to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) on March 26, 2015, from Santa Barbara County for Possession of a Controlled Substance for Sales. He was scheduled to be released from CDCR custody on July 25, 2018.

Inmate Macedo was assigned to an inmate firefighting crew at CC #34 in
Elk Creek, California. The camp houses approximately 100 minimum-custody inmates.

Inmate Macedo was last seen at CC #34 by camp staff on October 4, 2015, during the 2330 count.  He was later discovered missing by CC #34 staff on October 5, 2015, during the 0030 count. 

CDCR, CAL FIRE, law enforcement personnel, along with local law enforcement agencies and the California Highway Patrol were notified and are assisting in the search for Macedo. All responding law enforcement agencies are continuing with the search and apprehension efforts at this time.

Anyone seeing Inmate Macedo should contact 9-1-1 or law enforcement authorities immediately.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                  
October 5, 2015                        

Aaron Yderraga, PIO/AA
(530) 257-2181 extension 4110
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Contact: Anyone having information about or knowledge of the location of Jorge A. Macedo should contact the CCC Watch Commander at (530) 257-2181 extension 4173.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Condemned Inmate Alfredo Prieto Executed in Virginia

SACRAMENTO — Condemned inmate Alfredo Rolando Prieto, 49, who had death sentences in California and Virginia, was executed by lethal injection on October 1, 2015, by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Prieto was on death row in California for the kidnapping, rape and murder of 15-year-old Yvette Woodruff. On September 2, 1990, Prieto and two crime partners used a handgun to kidnap and rob Woodruff, her girlfriend and her girlfriend’s mother. The three victims were taken to an abandoned building where they were forcibly raped. Woodruff was shot in the head by Prieto. The other two victims were stabbed by his crime partners, but survived.

Prieto was sentenced to death by a San Bernardino County jury on June 18, 1992, for first-degree murder with the special circumstances of rape with force or violence, kidnapping, robbery and attempted robbery. He also received a life sentence for attempted first-degree murder and possession of a firearm by an ex-felon.

Prieto was received onto California’s death row on June 30, 1992.

He was extradited to Fairfax County, Virginia, on April 28, 2006, to stand trial for murder. He was convicted in Virginia of capital murder during a rape and received two death sentences in 2008 for two homicides that occurred in 1988.

Since 1978 when California reinstated capital punishment, 68 condemned inmates have died from natural causes, 24 have committed suicide, 13 have been executed in California, one was executed in Missouri, one (Prieto) has been executed in Virginia, eight have died from other causes and the causes of death are pending for two condemned inmates.

As of October 2, 2015, there are 746 people on California’s death row.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                   
October 2, 2015                                      

Contact: Lt. Sam Robinson
(415) 455-5000
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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Salinas Valley State Prison Investigating the Death of an Inmate as a Homicide

SOLEDAD — Salinas Valley State Prison (SVSP) officials are investigating the death of inmate Pedro M. Aguilar as a homicide.

On Sept. 28, 2015, custody staff conducting security checks found inmate Aguilar unresponsive in his cell. He was pronounced dead at 9:05 a.m.

Aguilar, 45, was serving life with the possibility of parole for lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 14 years old. He was admitted from Ventura County on Oct. 1, 2013.

Inmate Jerald A. Nelson, 59, Aguilar’s cellmate, has been identified as the suspect. Nelson is serving life with the possibility of parole for a first-degree murder conviction from Imperial County. Nelson has been in state prison since Sept. 22, 1983.

The Monterey County Coroner and the Monterey County District Attorney are also investigating. The Office of the Inspector General was notified.

SVSP, located in Monterey County, provides long-term housing for minimum- and maximum-security inmates. It provides educational, religious, work programs and self-help programs to inmates and provides treatment to mentally ill inmates. The prison was activated in 1996, houses approximately 3,700 inmates and employs approximately 1,500 people.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 1, 2015                                                                                                                           
CONTACT: Lt. Eduardo Mazariegos(831) 678-5554

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Inmate Apprehended After Walking Away From Conservation Camp

SYLMAR – California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials announced today that inmate Jesse Jordan Diaz, 24, was taken into custody late last night, approximately seven days after he was discovered missing from the minimum-security Holton Conservation Camp located near the community of Sylmar, in Los Angeles County. 

Diaz was taken into custody by CDCR’s Special Service Unit, which had tracked him to the town of Indio. Agents located him with the help of a friend who told agents of a house where Diaz was staying.  He was taken into custody without incident.  

Diaz had walked away from Holton Conservation Camp sometime before 11:25 p.m. on Tuesday, September 22.

Diaz was committed to CDCR for a four-year sentence after his conviction for evading a peace officer. He was scheduled to be released on August 21, 2016. Diaz will be referred to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution on escape charges.

Of all walk-aways from minimum security institutions, conservation camps, in-state contract bed facilities and community-based facilities, 98.5 percent have been apprehended.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 30, 2015                                                        
                                                                  
   
CONTACT: Lt. Kelsey
(209) 984-5291 x5499
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Thursday, September 24, 2015

California State Prison-Sacramento Officers Assaulted by Inmates


REPRESA – Three correctional officers at California State Prison-Sacramento (SAC) are being treated for injuries they sustained from two separate assaults by inmates this morning.

At approximately 10:15 a.m. on Facility C, one of SAC’s high-security general population yards, two inmates began stabbing another with an inmate-manufactured weapon. As officers attempted to stop the attack another inmate refused to get down and blocked them from responding to the area. Officers were able to subdue the inmate who was blocking them and stopped the attack.
                                                      
The inmate victim was removed from the yard and was transported to an outside hospital for treatment. He is currently in fair condition.

As three correctional officers and one sergeant approached the inmate who blocked responding staff, approximately 10 inmates stood up and began attacking all four with their fists.

Additional custody staff responded and used pepper spray to stop the attack. One warning shot from the Ruger Mini 14 rifle was fired as well.

Two officers were transported to an outside hospital, one for treatment for a strained right elbow and the other for a strained wrist and forearm. Both officers have been released and have returned to the prison.

As custody staff escorted inmates back to their cells, another officer was attacked and struck in the back of the head by an inmate. He is being treated at an outside hospital as a precaution for any potential head injuries.

The cause of the incident is currently under investigation and will be referred to the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.

SAC, opened in 1986, is a maximum-security prison that houses approximately 2,200 general population and sensitive needs inmates and employs about 1,700 people. The institution houses inmates serving long sentences and those who have proven to be management problems at other institutions. SAC also houses inmates requiring specialized mental health treatment. It was the first state prison in California to achieve accreditation with the American Correctional Association. 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
  September 24, 2015 
 
CONTACT: Lt. Aaron Konrad 
  (916) 294-3012 
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