Monday, August 3, 1998

Corrections Announces Independent Shooting Review Panel

C.A. Terhune, California Department of Corrections Director, today announced the names of the Select Shooting Review Panel (SSRP). The independent, three-member panel has been asked to review every shooting at Corcoran State Prison that resulted in an inmate’s death or injury.

Panel members include:

Jack W. McDonald – McDonald served as Chief of Police, Brookings, OR; Interim Chief of Police, Evergreen Community College District, CA; Chief of Police, Kodiak, AK; Chief of Police, Bethel, AK; Police Captain, Lieutenant, Sergeant and Officer, Redding, CA.

George T. Hart – Currently Executive Coordinator, Alameda County Chiefs of Police and Sheriff’s Association, Hart previously served as Chief of Police, Oakland, CA; Deputy Chief, Captain, Lieutenant, Sergeant, and Officer, Oakland Police Department.

Charles W. Latting – Currently President of Corporate Intelligence Resources, Inc., Latting previously was an Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and served as SWAT Team Commander, Firearms and Self-Defense Instructor at the FBI Academy, and Media and Public Relations Agent.

"I am confident that these expert consultants will provide a complete and impartial analysis of shooting incidents at Corcoran since the prison opened in 1988," said Terhune.

"I want the truth and I want it quickly," said Terhune. "I expect to see reports on all fatal shootings by the end of the month," Terhune explained, "and want the panel’s final report and policy recommendations by early October."

In preparation for the SSRP, Terhune instructed a team of staff from the Department’s Office of Internal Affairs (OIA) to compile and index all internal and external documentation of Corcoran shootings. To date, team members have provided information on two shooting fatalities to the panel.

The panel will evaluate these and all other shooting incidents against legal requirements, industry standards and departmental policies and procedures. The SSRP then will render an independent finding on each incident that will be included in a final report and executive briefing. In addition to analyzing individual shooting incidents, the final report will advise the Department on its shooting review and use of force policies.