Wednesday, April 30, 2008

CDCR Completes GPS Implementation for High Risk Sex Offenders on Parole

All HRSOs on Active Parole Being Monitored

SACRAMENTO - Leading the nation in monitoring sex offenders with Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) system, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) has completed placing every High Risk Sex Offender parolee on GPS monitoring.

"This is a significant accomplishment and shows that we are on track in implementing the GPS requirements mandated by Jessica's Law," said Scott Kernan, Chief Deputy Secretary of Adult Operations for CDCR. "Our parole agents are working aggressively to increase public safety, and this is a major step for us to monitor those sex offenders deemed high risk to re-offend."

Passed by California voters in 2006, Proposition 83 - also known as Jessica's Law - requires that every paroled sex offender be monitored by GPS. With limited amounts of GPS units, CDCR has prioritized the approximately 2,500 of its high-risk sex offender population on parole to be equipped with ankle monitors.

At any given time, California has nearly 9,000 sex offenders on parole supervision by CDCR. In addition to the high-risk population, CDCR has equipped 2,300 non high-risk sex offenders with GPS, bringing the total of sex offenders on GPS in California to 4,800. That is nearly triple the 1,800 GPS units currently used by Florida, the second leading state to use the devices.

CDCR is scheduled to have the entire sex offender parolee population on GPS monitoring devices by June 2009.

"Not only do we monitor these individuals by GPS, we have put them on reduced caseloads so that our parole agents can focus on keeping track of this population," said Division of Adult Parole Office Director Tom Hoffman. "Our parole agents are out there every day doing their best to monitor these individuals to prevent them from re-offending."

Managing sex offender issues has been a priority for the department. In 2006, the CDCR developed and implemented significant notification procedures to local law enforcement agencies prior to the release of a sex offender parolee to their county. The department also works continuously to improve its policies on managing sex offenders, including implementing the life-time GPS monitoring required by Jessica's Law. CDCR frequently seeks input from the California Sex Offender Management Board (SOMB), which was created in 2006 to advise the Legislature, the Governor and the CDCR in developing sound policy and recommendations on sex offender management.


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Thursday, April 24, 2008

CDCR Agents Assists Sacramento County In Sweep Targeting Gang Members

Efforts Support Governor’s Anti-Gang Initiatives

SACRAMENTO – Working with an array of law enforcement agencies to crack down on gang activity, agents with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) participated last week in the third annual Sacramento Neighborhoods Against Gangs (SNAG III) operation.

Hosted by the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, the SNAG operation held April 17-18 targeted active gang members and their associates. The sweep resulted in 115 arrests, recovery of seven firearms and five edged weapons. Illegal cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine with a street value of approximately $238,000 were also seized.

“This is a highly coordinated effort between numerous law enforcement agencies with the goal of protecting public safety,” said Margarita Perez, CDCR Parole Administrator. “CDCR is adamant that gang violence will not be tolerated, and we are committed to assisting other law enforcement agencies to make our communities safer.”

Agents with CDCR’s Division of Adult Parole Operations (DAPO) and Office of Correctional Safety (OCS) joined 18 other law enforcement agencies and 320 officers as well as numerous non-sworn staff during the two-day gang sweep.

DAPO supervises more than 123,000 parolees throughout the State of California. Of this total, more than 22,000 parolees are validated gang members or associates, of which approximately 783 reside in Sacramento County. DAPO imposes conditions of parole on this class of offenders which prohibit their participation or association in activities which resemble affiliation with gangs.

The third annual SNAG operation enabled CDCR to work in tandem with city, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies in a collaborative effort to reduce gang violence, with the ultimate goal of making the streets safer for all. Known gang members have terms and conditions of parole that prohibit affiliation with other gang members.

Last week’s effort marks the third year CDCR agents have participating in the SNAG operation. The operation supports Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's Anti-Gang efforts such as CalGRIP, which earmarked more than $31 million in state and federal funding toward local gang intervention, suppression and prevention. In July 2007, the Governor signed SB 271 to give prosecutors more tools in the fight against gangs. That same month, he signed AB 104 to give city attorneys the tools they need to pursue gang injunctions and two other anti-gang measures, SB 706 and AB 924, to assist cities in curbing the source of income that funds gang activity.

Hosted by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, other participating agencies included: Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Agency (ATF), California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation; California Highway Patrol, California Department of Justice, Citrus Heights Police Department, Elk Grove Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI - Safe Streets), Folsom Police Department, Galt Police Department, Grant School Police Department, Immigrations Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE), Rancho Cordova Police Department, Regional Terrorist and Threat Assessment Center, Roseville Police Department, Sacramento County District Attorney's Office, Sacramento County Probation Department, Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, and the Sacramento Police Department.

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Monday, April 21, 2008

AB 900 UPDATE: MOVING INMATES OUT-OF-STATE REDUCES PRISON OVERCROWDING

Eliminates 4,000 Beds in Gyms, Dayrooms; Makes Room for Rehabilitation Programs
SACRAMENTO - In a move that has significantly reduced prison overcrowding, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) has transferred 3,536 inmates to private facilities in four states and is on schedule to move the full complement of 8,000 inmates by March 2009, as authorized by Assembly Bill 900.

The landmark prison reform legislation signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on May 3, 2007, AB 900 authorized the temporary transfer of California inmates to out-of-state correctional facilities to ease inmate overcrowding. To date, the transfers have allowed prison officials to reduce the number of inmates sleeping in gymnasiums and dayrooms by more than 4,016 inmates.

"Using private facilities in other states has given us some breathing room to avoid a crisis and keeps our prisons running safely for our staff and inmates," said CDCR Secretary James Tilton. "Reducing the number of inmates sleeping in areas not designed for housing gives us critical space to provide rehabilitation programs that better prepares an inmate after they are released from prison."

As inmates move to the out-of-state facilities, CDCR officials have reduced these "bad beds," most of which were in triple bunk beds from 13 gymnasiums in eight prisons. CDCR also removed beds from dayrooms and TV rooms in six California correctional facilities.

The transfer of inmates first began in response to an Emergency Order issued by Governor Schwarzenegger in October 2006, at a time when CDCR officials were managing a record number of inmates, nearly 173,000, and projecting that the state's 33 prisons would run out of beds, essentially providing no room for newly convicted inmates. The program was stopped in November while the state's authority to move the inmates was challenged in lawsuits.

In May 2007, Governor Schwarzenegger signed AB 900, The Public Safety and Offender Rehabilitation Act of 2007, that clarified the authority of CDCR to temporarily transfer up to 8,000 inmates to private facilities in other states for up to five years while more permanent reforms to enhance rehabilitation are put in place, such as the creation of reentry facilities for soon-to-be paroled inmates.

"This program has been very successful in allowing us to reduce the overcrowding in our prisons," said Scott Kernan, Chief Deputy Secretary for Operations for CDCR. "Our staff is working hard to ensure that safety and security are the primary focus during the transfers."

California inmates are housed in facilities operated by the Nashville-based Correctional Corporation of America under contract to CDCR. They include the West Tennessee Detention Center, the Florence and Red Rock correctional centers in Arizona, the Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility in Mississippi and North Fork Correctional Facility in Oklahoma. A facility is currently being constructed in Arizona to accommodate California inmates. That facility is due to be opened in June.

"For more information on the transfer program and other reforms underway in California's prison system, visit CDCR's web site at AB 900 Prison Reforms: Achieving Results.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

CDCR Secretary James E. Tilton Announces Retirement

Thanks Employees, Governor for Significant Progress on Prison Reform During His Two-Year Tenure Leading California's Largest Agency

SACRAMENTO - California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Secretary James E. Tilton today announced his plans to retire from state service after more than two years as Secretary of the state's largest agency. Secretary Tilton assumed the position of acting CDCR Secretary on April 20, 2006, and has guided the 67,000+ employee agency through significant positive changes during his tenure. Secretary Tilton was instrumental in the passage and implementation of Governor Schwarzenegger's landmark prison reform legislation, AB 900 (Solorio; D-Anaheim), in May of 2007, among numerous other achievements. The Secretary's retirement is effective May 16, 2008.

"It is very difficult to step down from an agency with so many dedicated staff when so many opportunities to continue to enact positive change remain. However, after consulting with my doctor and my family, I have made the decision to retire and will be doing so with great pride in what we have been able to accomplish," said Secretary Tilton. "I am retiring with the comfort of knowing that the staff that we have assembled leading this agency will continue to build on the many accomplishments that have been made since the July 1, 2005, reorganization of CDCR. There are many more reforms on the horizon as CDCR staff closes in on the benchmarks of the first phase of AB 900 implementation."

"I am grateful to Governor Schwarzenegger and thank him for his continued leadership and fortitude in pushing for reforms that when fully implemented will have overhauled our adult and juvenile justice systems," Tilton added. "His sponsorship of these reforms will provide significant public safety dividends for our communities in the years ahead."

When Secretary Tilton arrived at CDCR in April 2006, the Department was faced with a high number of key management vacancies, as well as significant vacancy rates for rank and file staff. Prisons were near their peak in overcrowding, and there was not an agreed upon plan for reducing overcrowding. Secretary Tilton's tenure leading CDCR since that time has been marked by significant progress toward implementing prison reforms, reducing overcrowding, increasing rehabilitative and programming space, hiring correctional officers and other staff, and filling key management vacancies.

"In 2006 our prison system was in danger of running out of capacity," said Secretary Tilton. "In response we were able to provide a comprehensive plan for addressing our critical needs that culminated in the passage of AB 900. Through our implementation efforts, we will bring both needed capacity and additional services to our adult population."

Under Secretary Tilton's leadership, CDCR is on an accelerated track to toward implementing the state's many ambitious reform proposals. View more information on AB 900 implementation at:

Background

James E. Tilton was named Secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) on September 13, 2006. Prior to that, he was named as acting secretary by Governor Schwarzenegger on April 20, 2006. He previously had served as a program budget manager for the Department of Finance (DOF) since 2003, responsible for the CDCR, State and Consumer Services Agency, Criminal Justice, Labor and General Government.

He joined the California Department of Corrections (CDC) in 1985, serving as its Deputy Director for Administrative Services until 1998, where he was responsible for peace officer selection, personnel, training, budget, offender information, and environmental health and safety. While at CDC, he served as chair of the Correctional Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission (CPOST).

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Governor Schwarzenegger Issues Statement on Retirement of CDCR Secretary James Tilton, Appoints Matthew Cate as New CDCR Secretary

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today praised California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Secretary James Tilton for his service and announced the appointment of Matthew Cate as secretary for CDCR effective May 16, 2008.

"Public safety is my top priority and we have made great strides in improving our adult and juvenile corrections systems. I appreciate James Tilton's tireless service, especially his work in helping to negotiate key reforms to our parole system and rehabilitation programs. Matthew Cate's experience as Inspector General will be a tremendous asset in continuing the implementation of the AB 900 reforms," said Governor Schwarzenegger.

Cate has most recently served as Inspector General of the Office of the Inspector General since 2004. As Inspector General, Mr. Cate has been responsible for public oversight of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Since 2007, he has also served as the chairman of the California Rehabilitation Oversight Board and in that capacity has been responsible for reporting to the Governor and state legislature on the progress made by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in fulfilling its obligation to provide effective rehabilitative programs to California's inmates and parolees. Previously, he served as a supervising deputy attorney general at the California Department of Justice from 1996 to 2004. In that position he supervised a team of prosecutors, managed a criminal caseload of political corruption matters, provided counsel to grand juries and advised local law enforcement concerning public corruption. From 1994 to 1996 he served as a deputy district attorney for Sacramento County. Prior to joining the public sector, Cate worked as an associate attorney with the Sacramento law firm of Downey, Brand, Seymour & Rowher from 1992 to 1994. His experience also includes several positions as an instructor of a variety of legal and law enforcement related topics including, standards training for peace officers.

"I am extremely proud of our accomplishments over the last two years and I am confident in the Department's continued success under Matthew's leadership. I thank Governor Schwarzenegger for his fortitude in pushing for reforms in our adult and juvenile justice systems," said CDCR Secretary James Tilton.

"I am honored to be asked by the Governor to build upon the progress made by Secretary Tilton," said Cate. "I believe strongly in the men and women who work for CDCR. We have an unprecedented opportunity to work with our state and local partners to create a model system that is committed to holding offenders accountable, reducing overcrowding, making our facilities safer, providing opportunities for rehabilitation and reducing recidivism."

Cate, 41, of Elk Grove, CA. He earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Oregon School of Law and a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Linfield College. He is a member of the California State Bar. This position requires Senate confirmation and the statutory salary is $225,000. Cate is a Republican.

On May 10, 2005, Governor Schwarzenegger signed Senate Bill 737 abolishing the Youth and Adult Correctional Agency (YACA), and creating in its place CDCR.

CDCR is California's correctional agency, consisting of the Division of Adult Operations, the Division of Adult Programs and the Division of Juvenile Justice. Additionally, CDCR oversees the functions of the Correctional Standards Authority, the Board of Parole Hearings, and the Commission on Juvenile Justice, the Council on Mentally Ill Offenders, the Prison Industry Authority Board, and the Council for Interstate Adult Offender Supervision, the Joint Venture Policy Advisory Board, and the Prison Industry Board.

CDCR consists of 33 adult prisons, 38 conservation camps, 8 youth facilities, as well as various boards and commissions.


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Monday, April 14, 2008

CDCR Releases Progress Report on Comprehensive Corrections Overhaul as One Year Anniversary of AB 900 Approaches

Report Shows CDCR Meeting or Exceeding Proposed Benchmarks

SACRAMENTO - Today, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) released its report on achievements made by the Department to meet requirements of the historic AB 900 legislation signed into law nearly a year ago by Governor Schwarzenegger on May 3, 2007.

The focus of the legislation was to improve public safety by reducing the rates at which inmates re-victimize communities and return to prison. Long-term and short-term solutions were spelled out by the legislation and the CDCR is pleased to announce it is on-track in meeting the aggressive benchmarks for construction, rehabilitation, and oversight.

“It is our goal to ensure continued progress in the coming years, and that we meet and exceed expectation for transforming California’s corrections system,” said CDCR Secretary, James E. Tilton. “We have come very far this past year, and I am confident that if we can maintain this coalition of support for comprehensive criminal justice reform, we will continue to achieve results that will improve public safety well into the future.

The CDCR report just published shows clearly that it is on an accelerated track to complete the state’s ambitious reform proposal. The publication illustrates the significant progress underway toward a new model for the state of California that focuses on effective rehabilitation while actively engaging local communities and law enforcement as partners in the criminal justice system. Items covered in the report include:

  • Progress toward construction of new beds at prisons to significantly reduce overcrowding;
  • Movement underway toward a significant expansion of rehabilitation services;
  • Expansion of in-prison rehabilitation space for programs, including substance abuse treatment beds;
  • Progress on citing Secure Community Reentry Facilities;
  • Progress on inmate assessment instrument at reception centers;
  • Inmate treatment and prison-to-employment plan;
  • Expansion of crisis care services for parolees;
  • Progress on the California Rehabilitation Oversight Board;
  • Filling of key managerial positions at CDCR;
  • Increases to full-time participation in inmate and vocational education programs;
  • Improvements to parole procedures; and,
  • Additional developments toward meeting benchmarks laid out in AB 900.
View the report online by visiting: AB 900 Prison Reforms: Achieving Results

**Members of Press ** - To request a hard copy of the report, please email: opec@cdcr.ca.gov or call the CDCR Office of Public and Employee Communications at (916) 445-4950. Please be sure to provide your mail address.

CDCR Honors Crime Victim's Rights Week with Strengthened Restitution and Victim Services in 2008

Twenty-one percent increase in restitution collected

SACRAMENTO – Today, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) announced that half of all money received by inmates with court-ordered restitution – either earned or sent to them by others – will be sent to victims and survivors of violent crimes as restitution.

“Ensuring that crime victims and survivors receive restitution is a top priority of my Administration,” said Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. “I am pleased that CDCR has closed the necessary loopholes and streamlined the process for restitution requests. More money is now going where it belongs – to victims and survivors.”

“Today’s announcement that 50 cents of every dollar earned by an inmate, or sent to an inmate by family and others, is collected on behalf of victims and survivors of the perpetrator’s crimes, underscores that the rights of victims and survivors to collect on restitution, judgments and other direction orders from the court are stronger than ever here at CDCR,” Secretary Tilton said. “I thank the assistance of victim’s rights advocates who have worked tirelessly to help make this happen.”

In addition, the program for collection of restitution from offenders on parole has been strengthened. Overall, this program has resulted in a 21 percent increase in restitution collection in 2007 from 2006, with more than $22 million in restitution orders, fines and fees collected last year.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has proclaimed April 14 – 18, 2008 as “Crime Victims’ Rights Week” in California. Statewide, several dozen adult and juvenile facilities and parole regions/offices have planned victim’s week observations and activities, including a march on the Capitol this Wednesday, April 16, at 10 a.m.

CDCR has a long history of supporting the rights of victims and survivors of crime. When the Department reorganized on July 1, 2005, the Department’s victim right’s advocate was elevated to an Assistant Secretary level position and reports directly to the Secretary. A number of reforms and changes were made since the CDCR reorganization, including:

  • Maximizing restitution collection from inmates under State and Federal laws
  • Automatically activating all direct orders of restitution from the courts to CDCR
  • Initiating restitution collection immediately when the offender is received by CDCR
  • Extending that restitution obligation more effectively as the inmate transitions to parole.
Susan Fisher, who serves as Governor Schwarzenegger’s Crime Victim Advocate, applauds CDCR efforts to date, but added that changes are still needed by other partners in the criminal justice system to best represent the needs of victims and survivors.

“Despite significant progress in providing rights and services to crime victims over the past two decades, large segments of the population are still underserved,” said Fisher. “It is the administration's hope that the increased collection of victim restitution funds will allow us to provide more services for crime victims, including those with disabilities and mental illness, and victims who are immigrants, teenagers, elderly, or live in rural areas. Every victim deserves respect, resources, restoration, and justice, every time.”

The CDCR Office of Victim and Survivor Rights and Services (OVSRS) provide advocacy services as well as supports rehabilitative opportunities for offenders. Specifically, the OVSRS maintains a comprehensive victim services program and supports justice practices to ensure offender rehabilitation and accountability to victims, the community, and to themselves.

“Crime Victims' Rights Week offers us all the opportunity to recommit ourselves to ensuring that every victim is afforded his or her legal rights in our criminal justice system,” said Sandi Menefee, Assistant Secretary for the OVSRS. “We must continue to increase our collective efforts to protect, restore, and expand crime victims' rights and services so that they apply to every victim.”

For more information and a schedule of Crime Victim’s Week activities statewide, please visit the website at: www.cdcr.ca.gov/Victim_Services/victims_rights_week_2008.html

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Monday, April 7, 2008

CCI Staff Recovering As Investigation into Stabbing Assault Continues

Statewide lockdown of southern Hispanic inmates lifted as incident appears isolated to CCI

Tehachapi - The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) lifted the statewide lockdown of southern Hispanic inmates on Monday afternoon following last week's attack of four employees at California Correctional Institution (CCI).

Of the four employees - two sergeants and two correctional officers - three were treated and released from area hospitals and are recovering at their homes. One of the sergeants is still being treated in the hospital for stab wounds, lacerations, a skull fracture and other injuries. He is in stable condition at this time.

CDCR Secretary James Tilton visited the sergeant and his family in the hospital last Friday and noted that the sergeant is in good spirits.

"While he has a long road ahead of him, we are optimistic for a full recovery," said Tilton. "I am also heartened by the support and well-wishes he and the other injured staff members are receiving from throughout the department."

CDCR placed all adult institutions on lockdown following the April 3 attack on staff by two inmates identified as southern Hispanics. The lockdown was amended the following day to include only the southern Hispanic prison population to determine if the attack was coordinated.

Today, CDCR lifted the statewide lockdown, returning all inmates to normal programming after investigators' initial determination that the attack was isolated to CCI and not impacting other state prisons. CCI in Tehachapi will remain on lockdown until further notice.CDCR investigators are continuing to investigate not only the cause of the April 3 attack, but are still conducting searches and interviews, gathering intelligence, and analyzing their findings.

See Previous Stories on CCI:

CDCR Announces Change in Statewide Lockdown Following Attack on Officers at California Correctional Institution (04/04/08)
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CDCR Correctional Staff Attacked by Two Inmates at California Correctional Institution in Tehachapi (04/03/08)
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Friday, April 4, 2008

CDCR Announces Change in Statewide Lockdown Following Attack on Officers at California Correctional Institution


Tehachapi - California state prisons, community correctional facilities and conservation camps will come off of lockdown today as California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) investigators continue their probe of yesterday's attack on custody staff at California Correctional Institution (CCI) in Tehachapi.

CCI will remain on lockdown and visiting is cancelled there this weekend.

Inmates in all adult male institutions identified as SureƱos, or Southern Hispanics, will remain on lockdown at least through the weekend as CDCR administrators, investigators, and gang investigators continue to conduct searches and interviews, gather intelligence and analyze information.

Community correctional facilities, conservation camps and female institutions will return to normal operations.

Two correctional sergeants and one correctional officer were hospitalized and treated for lacerations, stab and puncture wounds they sustained when two inmates attacked them with stabbing weapons on April 3. One sergeant, 34, a six-year veteran of the CDCR, and one officer, 41, a 12-year veteran, were released last night.

One sergeant, 40, a 12-year veteran, was placed in the intensive care unit last night for treatment of a skull fracture. He is reportedly in good condition today.

A fourth officer, 45, who is an 11-year veteran of the department, was hospitalized yesterday for injuries she sustained to her knee when she responded to the incident. She was treated and released last night.

CDCR Secretary James Tilton and Undersecretary David Runnels visited the sergeant who is still hospitalized and his family. They are at CCI today as the Investigative Services Unit continues its investigation into the incident.
"My sympathy goes out to the injured officers and their families and I am hopeful for their speedy recovery," Secretary Tilton said. "I have the utmost praise for the professionalism and bravery of the CCI custody staff who valiantly responded to this incident."

The two suspects were treated at area hospitals for injuries they sustained from the use of force to stop their attack on staff. They were released from the hospital and transferred to the Administrative Segregation Unit at Corcoran State Prison in Kings County.

CCI houses minimum-, medium- and maximum-security male inmates. When it originally opened in 1933, it was the state's first female institution, housing women inmates who had been housed at San Quentin State Prison. An earthquake in 1952 closed the facility. It reopened in 1954 as a male institution. The prison has vocational and academic education programs, work and training programs, substance abuse treatment, religious and other rehabilitative programs. It also has a Security Housing Unit. CCI houses 4,705 inmates and employs 2,001 people.


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Thursday, April 3, 2008

CDCR Correctional Staff Attacked by Two Inmates at California Correctional Institution in Tehachapi

All adult prisons on lockdown to ensure safety of CDCR staff

Tehachapi – Today, April 3, two inmates attacked correctional staff at California Correctional Institution (CCI). Two correctional sergeants and one correctional officer were taken to area hospitals for treatment of lacerations, stab and puncture wounds. They are in stable condition. A fourth officer was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries.

“Our foremost concern is for the safety and well-being of our dedicated staff,” said CDCR Secretary James Tilton. “Our thoughts and prayers are with those officers injured today at CCI.”

As a precaution, CDCR has placed every adult prison, community correctional facility and conservation camp in California on lockdown until it is determined whether or not the attack was an isolated incident.

“If it’s determined that this incident was isolated, we will begin lifting lockdown conditions at other institutions,” said David Runnels, CDCR Undersecretary of Operations.

The attack occurred at approximately 1:10 p.m. when two inmates – one a known Southern Hispanic gang member – rushed staff in a program office on the maximum-security, general population yard. The two inmates suffered injuries from the pepper spray, batons and physical force used to stop their attack. Both inmates were taken to area hospitals for treatment.

The incident is being investigated by the Investigative Services Unit at CCI and agents from the Office of Correctional Safety from CDCR headquarters. Two inmate-made weapons were recovered at the crime scene.

CCI has been locked down as well and visiting is cancelled this weekend.

CCI houses minimum-, medium- and maximum-security male inmates. When it originally opened in 1933, it housed female inmates. An earthquake in 1952 closed the facility. It reopened in 1954 as a male institution. The prison has vocational and academic education programs, houses 4,705 inmates and employs 2,001 people.

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