Monday, July 21, 2014

California Health Care Facility Resumes Medical Admissions

STOCKTON - The California Health Care Facility (CHCF) will reopen to medical admissions today.

Clark Kelso, the federal receiver appointed by the court to manage prison medical care, temporarily halted admissions of inmate-patients in early 2014 amid reports of problems with support and clinical systems.

"I am pleased with the progress staff members have made at CHCF," said Kelso. "All supplies are now readily available and we’ve increased staffing and training. CHCF will resume medical admissions and we will continue to monitor and improve practices at the facility to ensure our efforts are sustainable."

“The resumption of medical intake at CHCF is a testament to the hard work being done to ensure the facility does what it is designed to do,” said Diana Toche, Undersecretary of Health Care Services for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). “We will continue to support the Receiver’s mission to provide inmate-patients timely and efficient medical care.”

CHCF is a medical facility designed to care for the state’s sickest inmates. As is common with the activation of any new facility of this size and complexity, CHCF experienced a variety of issues after its opening in July 2013. Since the halt in medical admissions, California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS), under the direction of Kelso, and CDCR have worked to fix the problems. The Receiver changed medical care leadership and both CCHCS and CDCR hired additional medical, custody and support staff; increased training; improved warehouse and supply chain operations; and implemented new medical supply procedures.

Additionally, the Legislature approved additional resources for CDCR, and CCHCS will work with the Administration and the Legislature to address clinical needs in the coming months.

CHCF is currently 50.3 percent occupied and houses 1,483 inmate-patients and inmate workers. The facility has the capacity to provide housing and treatment to 2,951 inmates. The complex is located on 200 acres in South Stockton and employs approximately 2,500 doctors, nurses, technicians, clinicians, mental health, and custody and support staff from CDCR, CCHCF and the California Department of State Hospitals. 

July 21, 2014            

Contacts: Liz Gransee, CCHCS, (916) 691-6721
Terry Thornton, CDCR, (916) 445-4950
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Friday, July 18, 2014

CDCR Partners with San Francisco Sheriff for New Reentry Facility

State inmates will be connected with local services immediately prior to release SACRAMENTO—The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) signed a contract with the San Francisco County Sheriff to launch a pilot program to provide transitional services to state inmates immediately before their scheduled release.  This program will help improve the inmates’ prospects for rehabilitation.

The county-owned Secure Reentry Program Facility, adjacent to the county jail, will house up to 56 male prison inmates whose sentences are almost up and are scheduled to return to San Francisco County within 60 days. The county will provide rehabilitative services such as education, pre-employment training, housing assistance, mental health and medical services, and substance abuse treatment.

“We must be innovative in meeting the needs of offenders if we are going to reduce the number of those caught in the cycle of incarceration,” CDCR Secretary Jeffrey Beard said. “This partnership is a progressive step toward connecting inmates with local services and meeting those needs.”

In 2013, the Legislature approved up to $5.4 million for CDCR to partner with select counties to connect offenders with local services that are proven to help successful reintegration into society, including securing identification cards and enrollment in health programs such as Medi-Cal.

“The San Francisco Sheriff’s Department is proud to be part of this unique partnership that enables us to create the Reentry Pod and amplify what it means to hold both the criminal justice system and those within our custody accountable toward the goal of reducing recidivism.” San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi said. “The Reentry Pod is not only about the rigor we put inmates through to prepare themselves for release, but to challenge our local approach to not throw away people once they leave our custody.”

The three-year contract stipulates CDCR will pay the county $77 per day for every inmate housed in the reentry facility.

In the 2014-2015 Budget Act, $20 million was approved to expand state and county reentry programs across the state. CDCR continues to meet with counties and local communities to discuss the expansion of reentry programs.

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For Immediate Release                                                                         
July 16, 2014   

Contact: Dana Simas         
 (916) 445-4950


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Homicide of a High Desert State Prison Inmate Under Investigation

Susanville – The Investigative Services Unit at High Desert State Prison (HDSP) is investigating the homicide of an inmate today.

Just before 10:52 a.m. Thursday, July 17, 2014, a 28-year-old HDSP inmate was attacked by three other inmates with inmate-manufactured stabbing weapons. Staff performed lifesaving procedures on the inmate who had been attacked and transported him to the HDSP Correctional Treatment Center, where he was pronounced dead at 10:52 a.m.

The deceased inmate was received from Los Angeles County on Oct. 12, 2005, and was serving a life sentence for second-degree robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and attempted second-degree murder. The inmate’s name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

There are three suspects in the case. The first suspect is a 23-year-old inmate who was received from Los Angeles County on Aug. 19, 2011, and is serving a life sentence for carjacking with the use of a firearm. The second suspect is a 30-year-old inmate who was received from Los Angeles County on Oct. 28, 2004, and is serving a life sentence for murder. The third suspect is a 24-year-old inmate who was received from Los Angeles County on April 27, 2009, and is serving a life sentence for murder.

Staff recovered two inmate-manufactured stabbing weapons at the scene.

No staff members were injured in the incident.

HDSP administrators have limited inmate movement on the facility where the incident occurred to facilitate the investigation. The Office of Inspector General was notified.

High Desert State Prison, located in Lassen County, opened in 1995 and houses approximately 3,342 minimum-, medium- and maximum-custody inmates. The institution provides academic classes and vocational instruction and employs more than 1,210 people.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                           

July 17, 2014

 Contact: Lt. G. Crowe

(530) 251-5100 ext. 5501 

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