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.

September 30, 2015                                                        
CONTACT: Lt. Kelsey
(209) 984-5291 x5499

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. 

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

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

CDCR Accepting Applications for Second Round of Grants for Innovative Programs

                           Grants meant to expand rehabilitative programs in prisons
SACRAMENTO—The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) will be awarding a second round of grants meant to boost innovative programs and increase volunteerism in prisons.

Earlier this year, a first round of grants totally $2.5 million was provided to volunteers and non-profit organizations already operating a rehabilitation program in a California prison and expanded those programs to prisons that do not have the same levels of volunteer service in the area.

“Programs that focus on the rehabilitation of inmates have proven to reduce recidivism substantially,” CDCR Secretary Jeff Beard said. “We hope to continue to expand the positive influence of these programs to prisons that have fewer volunteer resources.”

The second round of grants will provide $3 million to eligible volunteers and non-profit organizations currently offering programs in California prisons that focus on offender responsibility and restorative justice principles, and which have demonstrated success.

The grant funding is intended to provide applicants who currently provide programs in California prisons with the resources necessary to replicate the program(s) at one or more other prisons.

Up to 50 percent of the grant will be awarded after March 1, 2016, and the remainder will be disbursed on or after November 1, 2016, upon request of the grantee and upon confirmation by CDCR that satisfactory progress is being made as demonstrated by mandatory progress reports.

At the end of the grant period it is expected that the programs will have been implemented, additional volunteer resources developed, and the programs will be able to be sustained in the future through the normal prison budget.

The following California prisons are included in this project: Avenal State Prison, California City Correctional Center, California Correctional Institution, California Health Care Facility, California State Prison- Los Angeles County, Chuckawalla Valley State Prison, Deuel Vocational Institution, Folsom Women’s Facility, High Desert State Prison, Kern Valley State Prison, North Kern State Prison, Pelican Bay State Prison, Pleasant Valley State Prison and Wasco State Prison.

Programs previously funded through Innovative Programming Grants are not eligible to apply at the same location(s) for which the prior grant funding was received. However, applications to extend a program to additional facilities at the same institution for which previous grant funding was received will be accepted.

Programs previously funded through Innovative Programming Grants are not eligible to apply at the same location(s) for which the prior grant funding was received. However, applications to extend a program to additional facilities at the same institution for which previous grant funding was received will be accepted.

All applicants are required to submit a Notice of Intent to Apply by 5 p.m. on Thursday, October 6, 2015.

For more information about the application process, please visit


September 23, 2015 

CONTACT: Dana Simas  

(916) 445-4950