Tuesday, May 13, 1997

CORRECTIONS TO RECEIVE TECHNOLOGY AWARD

California Department of Corrections Interim Director Tom Maddock will accept the "Solution Showcase Award" for the department’s innovative Parole LEADS (Law Enforcement Automated Data System) program at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Sacramento Convention Center.

Corrections is one of only six agencies statewide to be recognized at the Government Technology Conference (GTC) for developing a solution-oriented technology.

"This new tool will allow law enforcement to identify and cross-reference potential suspects using our extensive parolee database," said Maddock.

Maddock will receive the award from John Flynn, Chief Information Officer, California Department of Information Technology, and Don Pearson, Director of Government Technology, the conference sponsor.

Parole LEADS contains the full names, aliases, monikers, physical descriptors, tattoos, addresses, vehicles, commitment offenses and registration status of all current parolees. The program is currently operating as a pilot in five agencies:

  • Los Angeles Police Department
  • Sacramento Police Department
  • Redding Police Department
  • Sacramento County Sheriff
  • San Bernardino County Sheriff
A Parole LEADS workstation will be set up at the conference and representatives from the California Department of Corrections will be available to demonstrate the system.

Monday, May 5, 1997

PRISON ESCAPEE CAPTURED

Thirty Six Year Old David Anderson is back behind bars.

Anderson was captured by San Diego Police early today. Anderson escaped from the California Medical Facility at Vacaville April 10, 1997.

"I want to thank law enforcement agencies throughout California, the FBI, and CDC investigative staff for their hard work in searching for Anderson" said Corrections Interim Director Thomas Maddock.

San Diego Police took Anderson into custody about 1 a.m. in connection with an armed robbery of a restaurant. Police report Anderson was armed with a sawed off shotgun.

Anderson had been sent to prison in 1981 for killing a man during a robbery in San Diego. He was convicted of Murder and sent to prison for 16 years to Life.

Thursday, May 1, 1997

Winters’ Boy Continues Education On CDC-Donated Computer - May 1997

By Debra Ramos, Winters Express Editor

Reprinted by permission

C.J. Russell’s left arm might still be weak, but his smile muscles were working just fine last week when he sat down for the first time behind his new computer.

Thanks to the efforts of the State of California Department of Corrections and the Winters School District, C. J. will be able to do his homestudy schooling at home while he recovers from a rare condition known as Moyamoya Disease.

C. J. underwent surgery for the disease in December, which involved drilling four dime-sized holes in his skull along with medication treatment. It is hoped that the procedure will encourage the growth of new blood vessels in C. J.’s brain to replace the abnormal cluster of blood vessels that are gradually collapsing and causing C. J. to suffer strokes.

Doctors will determine next month whether the procedure worked. If it didn’t, C. J. may face more extensive brain surgery.

Judy Thompson, budgets and special programs coordinator for the Department of Corrections, was the person who brought C. J. and the computer together.

Thompson, a Winters resident, read about C. J.’s plight in the Express in December, and then read a report about the Department of Correction’s recent donation of 40 refurbished computers to the Winters School District.

The computers were refurbished by prisoners at the California State Prison in Solano County as part of a Detweiler Foundation program which locates computers, has them refurbished by prisoners and then distributes the computers to school districts.

In the Express article about the computers, Thompson noted that the donated computers were put in storage because the Winters school buildings do not have the electrical capacity to run the computers.

Thompson arranged for the school district to take one of the computers out of storage to give to C. J., who is continuing his education in home school.

Although C. J.’s hair has grown back, he still has holes in his skull and cannot risk the chance of injuring his brain by attending school.

In addition, because the blood vessels in his brain are very fragile, he cannot exert himself or become upset because he could suffer another stroke. At 7 years of age, he has already had several strokes.

C. J.’s parents have been faced with the task of trying to keep a very active 7-year-old still and quiet for months, and having the computer will help with this effort as well as assist him with his schoolwork.

C. J. was waiting on his front porch with a big grin on the morning of March 6 as Thompson and her coworker, Jim Bruce, pulled into the driveway with the refurbished computer as well as an added surprise.

Bruce, who supervises vocational instruction, education and the inmate programs unit for the Department of Corrections, had secured a laptop computer for C. J. and loaded it with educational programs and games. C. J. can use the laptop while in the car or resting in bed.

It didn’t take long for Thompson and Bruce to orient C. J. to his new technology. His home-school teacher visited C. J. the next day to show him how to use the computers to continue with his homework.

C. J.’s mother, Julia, says the doctors remain skeptical about whether C. J. will ever be able to return to school, but she and her husband, Ray, are still hoping that will happen someday.

In the meantime, Julia says C. J. would really appreciate some playmates. C. J., who does not have any brothers or sisters and lives out in the country, is getting a bit lonesome. He can play quietly, doing activities such as video games, watching movies, drawing or reading, and his condition is not contagious.

Anyone who has a child about C. J.’s age who might like to be his playmate for an afternoon or two can call Julia, 795-0704, to talk about it.

While C. J. is waiting for someone to play with, he is content sitting behind his new computer. Before Thompson and Bruce left his house, C. J. motioned them over to look at what he had typed on his computer screen.

It said, "thankyouverymuch."