Monday, April 24, 2017

Offender Who Walked Away from Los Angeles Re-entry Facility Apprehended

LOS ANGELES — A man who walked away from the Male Community Reentry Program (MCRP) in Los Angeles County on Saturday, April 22, was apprehended today.
 
Andre Miller, 30, was apprehended at approximately 10:40 a.m. Monday, April 24, in Los Angeles by agents from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Special Service Unit, with the support of the Division of Adult Parole Operations.

He was taken into custody without incident and transported to California Institution for Men in Chino. This case will be referred to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for possible prosecution.

Miller had been participating in the MCRP, which allows eligible offenders committed to state prison to serve the end of their sentences in the re-entry center and provides them the programs and tools necessary to transition from custody to the community. It is a voluntary program for male offenders who have approximately one year left to serve. The program links participants to a range of community-based rehabilitative services that assist with substance use disorders, mental health care, medical care, employment, education, housing, family reunification and social support.

Miller was admitted from Los Angeles County on June 30, 2016, to serve a two-year sentence for second-degree burglary. He was scheduled to be released to probation in May 2017.

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

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April 24, 2017   

Contact: 916-445-4950
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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Two Separate Inmate Deaths Being Investigated at Salinas Valley State Prison

SOLEDAD — Two inmates were found deceased today in two separate incidents at Salinas Valley State Prison (SVSP).

Inmate Cedric J. Saunders, 22, was found unresponsive in his assigned cell in Facility C this morning, and pronounced deceased at 9:05 a.m. SVSP’s Investigative Services Unit is investigating incident as a homicide. Next-of-kin has been contacted. Saunders was received by CDCR in July 2013 from Riverside County with a five-year sentence for second-degree robbery with a street gang enhancement.

In a separate incident, an inmate, 61, was found unresponsive in his assigned cell this morning, and was pronounced deceased at 9:53 a.m. He was the sole occupant of the cell. His name is being withheld until next-of-kin notification has been made.

SVSP opened in May 1996 on approximately 300 acres in Monterey County. The institution provides long-term housing for approximately 3,500 minimum- and maximum custody male inmates and employs 1,395 people.

Contact: Lt. Eduardo Mazariegos
(831) 678-5554

Offender Walks Away from Los Angeles Reentry Facility

LOS ANGELES — California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials are looking for Andre Miller, 30, who walked away from the Male Community Reentry Program (MCRP) facility in Los Angeles on Saturday, April 22.

An emergency search was conducted after being notified at approximately 10:30 a.m. today that Miller’s GPS device had been tampered with, and that he had been seen exiting the side door by staff. Miller’s GPS device was found in his bedroom.

Notification was immediately made to local law enforcement agencies. Within minutes, agents from CDCR’s Office of Correctional Safety were dispatched to locate and apprehend Miller. 

Miller is 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs 175 pounds. He was received by CDCR from Los Angeles County on June 30, 2016, with a two-year sentence for two counts of second-degree burglary. Miller was transferred from the California Institution for Men (CIM) to the MCRP on April 21. He was scheduled to be released to probation in May 2017.  

Anyone who sees Miller or has any knowledge of his whereabouts should immediately contact law enforcement or call 911.

The MCRP allows eligible offenders committed to state prison to serve the end of their sentences in the reentry center and provides them the programs and tools necessary to transition from custody to the community. It is a voluntary program for male offenders who have approximately one year left to serve. The program links offenders to a range of community-based rehabilitative services that assist with substance use disorders, mental health care, medical care, employment, education, housing, family reunification and social support.

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

CONTACT: Luis Patino
(916) 956-5879

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Death Row Inmate Attacks San Quentin Correctional Officer


SAN QUENTIN – Condemned inmate Anthony Delgado, 49, attacked a correctional officer with an inmate-manufactured weapon at San Quentin State Prison Thursday morning while being examined by medical staff.

Investigators at San Quentin have launched a probe into the attack that occurred just after 9 a.m. as the officer was providing coverage during a medical examination in the prison’s Adjustment Center housing unit. The Adjustment Center is one of five units in the prison where male condemned inmates are housed.

The officer suffered a significant facial injury. He was taken to an outside hospital for treatment of several lacerations and is expected to make a full recovery.

Delgado was sentenced to death in Kings County on June 21, 2000. He was convicted of the first-degree murder of California State Prison-Corcoran inmate Frank Mendoza in 1998 and the first-degree murder of inmate James Mahoney in 1999, also at California State Prison-Corcoran. Delgado has been on California’s Death Row since June 21, 2000.

Delgado was initially admitted to state prison from Monterey County in 1986 with a four-year sentence for receiving stolen property. He served a two-year sentence in 1986 from Solano County for possession/manufacture of a deadly weapon by a prisoner, an in-prison offense.

In 1990, he was admitted to state prison from Monterey County for second-degree burglary and served a three-year sentence.

In 1994, Delgado was admitted from Santa Cruz County to serve a five-year sentence for assault with a firearm.

He was sentenced in Lassen County in 1998 to serve a life sentence for resisting or deterring an officer with threat or violence and battery on a non-prisoner, in-prison offenses and his third strike.

There are 749 inmates on death row in California. San Quentin, opened in 1852, is California's oldest correctional institution. The prison houses 3,807 inmates and employs 1,733 people.

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April 20, 2017

CONTACT: Chris Siino (415) 455-5705
  Terry Thornton (916) 445-4950 
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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Mule Creek State Prison Officials Investigate Assault on Two Correctional Officers

IONE – Officials at Mule Creek State Prison (MCSP) are investigating an alleged assault that sent two correctional officers to local hospitals with minor injuries last night.

At 6:27 p.m. on Monday, April 17, during the evening meal, an officer confronted an inmate who took an extra tray from the serving line. The inmate and his cellmate abruptly attacked the officer, striking him in the head. A second officer who responded to the attack was also struck by the two inmates before additional staff brought the situation under control with physical force and pepper spray.

Both officers were transported to an outside hospital, and were treated and released last night. One officer suffered a broken thumb, loose teeth and a swollen lip, and both officers suffered minor bruises.

Both inmates were sent to the Administrative Segregation Unit pending the results of an investigation into the incident.


MCSP is located in Ione in Amador County, approximately 60 miles southeast of Sacramento. The prison opened in 1987 and houses approximately 3,600 minimum, medium, and maximum-custody inmates. The prison provides educational, medical and mental health services and employs more than 1,400 people.

CONTACT: Bill Sessa
(916) 445-4950

Monday, April 17, 2017

Officers Injured in Assaults at Kern Valley State Prison

DELANO – Officials at Kern Valley State Prison (KVSP) are investigating two separate serious batteries on staff that occurred early in the morning of April 17, 2017. 

At about 6:40 a.m. in Facility A, two correctional officers were escorting inmate Steven Corotan, 40, up a flight of stairs to his cell. Corotan began arguing with staff, refusing to enter his cell. One of the officers ordered him to submit to handcuffs and Corotan punched him in the face, knocking the officer down the stairs and into the dayroom. At the same time Corotan’s cellmate, Raul Alvarado, 44, ran from the cell and joined in battering the officers. Responders utilized less-lethal 40mm rounds, pepper spray, physical force and a baton to quickly quell the attack.

One officer was transported to an outside hospital due to loss of consciousness. He is being treated for a broken sinus.

Alvarado was transported to an outside hospital for treatment of a non-life-threatening head injury.

At about 7:10 a.m. in Facility A, officers were processing inmates from the dining hall back to their assigned cells when inmate Jesus Vasquez, 39, punched an officer in the face. He refused to comply with orders to stop and resisted staff. Physical force, a baton and pepper spray were used to gain compliance. Several officers were injured during the incident; however, none required treatment at an outside hospital.

Vasquez was transported to an outside hospital for treatment of facial injuries and was returned to KVSP.

Corotan was received by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) in July 1994 from San Diego County to serve life with the possibility of parole for first-degree murder. Alvarado was received by CDCR in July 1991 from Los Angeles County to serve life with the possibility of parole for second-degree murder. Vasquez was received by CDCR February of 2002 from San Diego County to serve life with the possibility of parole for first-degree murder.

Prison officials have limited inmate movement on Facility A as the attacks are thoroughly investigated. All involved inmates have been rehoused in KVSP’s Administrative Segregation Unit during the investigation.

KVSP opened in 2005 and houses 3,946 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. MICHAEL BETZINGER
(661) 721-6314

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Offender Who Walked Away from Residential Home in Alternative Custody Program Apprehended

SAN GABRIEL — A participant in the Alternative Custody Program (ACP) who walked away from a residential home in El Monte April 7 has been apprehended.

Benedict Romero, 39, was apprehended at 12:55 p.m. today on an athletic field at San Gabriel High School. Romero was arrested and will be returned to the custody of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR).

Agents from the CDCR Office of Correctional Safety (OCS) were following up on an investigative lead when they spotted Romero. OCS Agents attempted to contact Romero, but he fled and was last seen entering the grounds of San Gabriel High School.

OCS agents, the Alhambra Police Department and San Gabriel Police Department set up a perimeter and notified officials at San Gabriel High School and nearby Martha Baldwin Elementary School. The schools were placed on lockdown while officers conducted a search of the area. During the search, Romero was located hiding on an athletic field on the northern portion of the campus. He had no contact with faculty or students prior to his arrest. The lockdowns were lifted at 1 p.m.

Romero was discovered missing at 9:34 a.m. April 7 after he tampered with his ankle monitor. He had been participating in ACP in El Monte since January.

ACP is a voluntary program developed for eligible offenders that allows them to serve up to the last 12 months of their sentence in the community in lieu of confinement in state prison. Eligible participants may be housed in a private residence, transitional care facility or residential drug or other treatment program.

Romero was received by CDCR in May 2016 from Los Angeles County with a two-year, eight-month sentence for vehicle theft. He was expected to parole in December.

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

CONTACT: KRISSI KHOKHOBASHVILI
(916) 445-4950