Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Inmate Death at California Medical Facility Being Investigated as a Possible Homicide

VACAVILLE – Officials at California Medical Facility (CMF) in Vacaville are investigating the death of an inmate as a possible homicide.

On Monday, August 22, 2016, at approximately 10:35 p.m., a 66-year-old CMF inmate was found unresponsive in a dormitory lying face down in a pool of blood. Life-saving measures were initiated and he was transported to the CMF Medical Clinic, where he was pronounced dead at 11:14 p.m.

The deceased inmate was received from Fresno County on July 10, 1986, and was serving a life sentence with the possibility of parole for first-degree murder with the use of a firearm and attempted second-degree murder with great bodily injury. The inmate’s name is being withheld pending notification of his next of kin.

The incident is being investigated by CMF’s Investigative Services Unit. The dormitory has been sealed as a crime scene and the 30 inmates housed there at the time have been transferred to the Administrative Segregation Unit pending the investigation. The Solano County District Attorney’s Office, the Solano County Coroner’s Office and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s Special Service Unit are assisting with the investigation. The Office of the Inspector General was notified.

CMF administrators have modified inmate movement to facilitate the ongoing investigation.

No staff members were injured as a result of this incident.

CMF was established in 1955 and houses minimum-, medium-, maximum- and high-security inmates. CMF has a Correctional Treatment Center, inpatient and outpatient psychiatric facilities, a Hospice Unit for terminally ill inmates, and general population. Additionally, the Department of State Hospitals operates a licensed, Acute Care Psychiatric Hospital and an Intermediate Care Facility within CMF. The prison houses approximately 2,600 inmates and employs nearly 2,000 people.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                       
August 23, 2016                                      

Contact: Lt. Andre Gonzales
 (707) 449-6509
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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Four Correctional Officers Recovering After Inmate Attack

SAN DIEGO – Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility officials are investigating a staff assault that sent four correctional officers to the hospital.

On August 17, 2016, at 2 p.m., inmate Charles Morgan, 33, spit on a correctional officer and struck him in the face. Inmate Morgan then attacked a responding officer by striking her in the face and knocking her to the ground where she hit the back of her head. Morgan struck two more officers who responded to the incident by hitting them with his fists and elbows. Officers used pepper spray and physical force to subdue and restrain the inmate.

The four officers were taken to an outside hospital for treatment. Three officers suffered minor injuries. One officer suffered a concussion and was treated for a head injury. She was released and is recovering at home with her family. All the officers are expected to recover.

Inmate Morgan was treated by medical staff at the prison and last night was admitted to a hospital in the community.

Inmate Morgan was admitted to state prison on January 7, 2013, from San Diego County and is serving a six-year sentence for assault with a deadly weapon. In 2001, he served a two-year sentence from San Luis Obispo County for battery on a peace officer. In 2004, while still in custody, Morgan received a two-year sentence from San Diego County for battery on a non-prisoner. And in 2005, he battered on a correctional officer and received a three-year sentence from San Diego County for battery on a non-prisoner inflicting great bodily injury.

Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility 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 nearly 3,200 male inmates and employs about 1,500 people.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AUGUST 18, 2016

CONTACT:  LT. PHILIP BRACAMONTE
(619) 661-7802

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

LOS ANGELES — A man who walked away from the Male Community Re-entry Program (MCRP) in Los Angeles County Aug. 15 was apprehended Aug. 17.

Jeffrey Scott Pine, 47, was apprehended at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, by agents from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Special Services Unit in the city of Downey, in Los Angeles County. He was taken into custody without incident and transported to the California Institution for Men in Chino.

Pine 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 180 days 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.

Pine was admitted from Los Angeles County on June 8, 2015, to serve a three-year sentence for false impersonation. He was scheduled to be released to probation in October 2016.

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AUGUST 18, 2016

CONTACT: Krissi Khokhobashvili
(916) 445-4950
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