Friday, August 28, 1998

STATE CORRECTIONS OFFICIALS FORMALLY DEDICATE NEW STATE PRISON

California’s newest state prison was formally dedicated today during a ceremony in Corcoran attended by state and local officials and community leaders.

The Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison at Corcoran (SATF) houses the largest correctional substance abuse treatment center in the world. The therapeutic treatment units in the prison house more than 1,100 inmates. Another 5,000 inmates are in the prison’s regular housing units. More than 750 inmates have successfully completed the treatment program at SATF since it opened last year.

SATF is the state’s 33rd prison and the last to be built as part of a major prison construction program begun in the mid-1980s. The facility opened in August 1997 and houses a mix of minimum, medium, and maximum security inmates.

SATF cost $350 million to build and operates on a $72 million annual budget.

Local officials attending today’s ceremony included county supervisors from Kings County, state legislators, and officials from surrounding communities. Representatives from the two contractors that provide the substance abuse treatment, Phoenix House and Walden House, also attended the event. They noted the prison’s economic contribution to the surrounding communities including the addition of more than 1100 jobs.

"You have all been positive and supportive throughout the planning, construction and activation of this unique facility," Terhune told the assembled guests. "We couldn’t have built SATF without the community’s support."

The new institution is adjacent to the California State Prison, Corcoran, a maximum security facility built in 1988 with an inmate population of just fewer than 5,000.

Tuesday, August 25, 1998

OFFICIALS TO DEDICATE CALIFORNIA SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT FACILITY AND STATE PRISON AT CORCORAN

Local dignitaries will join Warden J. W. Fairman, state legislators, California Department of Corrections officials and several hundred area residents on Friday, August 28, 1998, at 10:00 a.m. to share in the dedication of the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison at Corcoran, located at 900 Quebec Avenue, Corcoran, California.

Speakers will include Youth and Adult Correctional Agency Secretary Quintin L. Villanueva, Jr.; Director of Corrections C. A. Terhune; Corcoran Mayor Jerry Robertson; and Chairman of the Kings County Board of Supervisors, Tony Barba.

The California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison at Corcoran opened in August 1997, and currently houses more than 6,000 inmates. The maximum security facility currently employs 1,100 staff with an annual operating budget of $72 million.

Thursday, August 13, 1998

MEDIA PLANNING ADVISORY

A Federal Central Circuit Court Judge has granted a stay of execution for Bill Bradford at San Quentin State Prison. The execution was scheduled for Tuesday, August 18, 1998. An advisory concerning media access to San Quentin will be issued if the execution is rescheduled.

Wednesday, August 12, 1998

MEDIA ACCESS FOR EXECUTION

The California Department of Corrections has completed processing security clearances for media firms requesting to send representatives to San Quentin State Prison for the August 18, 1998 scheduled execution of Bill Bradford.

Firms have been contacted by telephone with the information on clearances for their staff members.

The following information should be distributed to all media representatives who will be involved as witnesses or participants of the news conference at San Quentin State Prison.

On August 17, media may enter the West Gate of San Quentin between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. For security purposes, two forms of identification will be required. One must be an official photo ID such as driver's license, passport, or state-issued identification card. Only those credentialed for the news conference will be permitted. All broadcast vans must enter no later than 3 p.m. Any media representative who leaves the prison after 3 p.m. will not be permitted to return at a later time that day.

Media witnesses to the execution may enter as late as 8 p.m. through the West Gate of the prison.

Do not wear blue, black, or gray denim clothing or yellow raincoats. It is illegal to bring alcohol, drugs, or weapons into a California State Prison. Vehicles and individuals entering a California State Prison are subject to search.

Private vehicles, except for designated microwave or satellite broadcast trucks, will be parked near the West Gate. After credentials are confirmed, reporters will be transported by prison shuttle to the Media Center.

Pool cameras will cover the media witness news conference.

A video/audio feed for broadcasters is limited to two camera operators and two audio technicians. The broadcast vans facilitating distribution of the feed will be parked closest to the building.

Media movement will be restricted to the Media Center [In-Service Training (IST) building] and broadcast support area. No access will be permitted to the East Gate.

Media witnesses to the execution will be escorted to the IST building immediately after leaving the witness observation area. Media witnesses must agree to make themselves available to members of the pool for interviews after the initial press conference. Associated Press and Orange County Register are providing still photography pictures.

The media pool arrangements are being coordinated by pool organizers, NorCal RTNDA Darryl Compton at (650) 341-9978 and SoCal RTNA Carolyn Fox at (818) 986-8168.

The IST building has 60-amp electrical service with a limited number of outlets. There are seven (7) pay telephones.

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.