Friday, April 30, 2010

Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Honors Employees for Heroism, Outstanding Service at 26th Annual Medal of Valor Ceremony


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Five Honored with Medals of Valor, One Posthumously, for Courage

SACRAMENTO – The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation today awarded Medals of Valor during its 26th annual ceremony to five employees who exhibited extraordinary bravery and conduct in incidents where public safety was at risk. They received the Department’s highest award for heroism and courage beyond the normal demands of correctional service.

Correctional Sergeant Walter Scott Jandro, Central California Women’s Facility, Correctional Officers Hoyt Wayne Walker, Pelican Bay State Prison, and Daniel Fernandez, California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison at Corcoran, Youth Correctional Counselor David Michael Padore, Southern Youth Correctional Reception Center and Clinic, and Supervising Registered Nurse II Francisco L. Hernandez, North Kern State Prison, are the CDCR Medal of Valor recipients for actions taken in 2009. The awards were presented by CDCR Secretary Matthew L. Cate at a ceremony sponsored by the California Correctional Supervisors Organization. Some 50 employees received awards that ranged from the Medal of Valor to Unit Citation.

The Medal of Valor is earned by employees distinguishing themselves by conspicuous bravery or heroism above and beyond the normal demands of correctional service. The employee shall display great courage in the face of immediate life-threatening peril and with full knowledge of the risk involved. The act should show professional judgment and not jeopardize operations or the lives of others.

The late Correctional Officer Hoyt Wayne Walker was honored posthumously for his heroism in trying to save his brother’s life as the pair fished on the rocks in Crescent City. His brother-in-law was suddenly washed off the rocks and into the ocean, and unable to get out of the water. Officer Walker jumped in the water in an attempt to save him. Tragically, both men perished. Walker’s widow, Jodi Walker, accepted the award.

Youth Correctional Officer David Michael Padore was honored for his fearlessness in the face of danger and possible death in the extrication and rescue of a man and his daughter from a burning vehicle. He pulled two victims to safety from a burning vehicle after it rolled end to end and burst into flames.

Correctional Officer Daniel Fernandez was honored for his selfless actions in the emergency room at Kaweah Delta Medical Center in Visalia, where he assisted hospital security in immobilizing an apparently unstable woman who attempted to stab security staff with two long kitchen knives and threatened others in the area.

Correctional Sergeant Walter Scott Jandro was honored his efforts in rescuing two men whose small plane had just crashed. He located and turned off the fuel lines after highly volatile fuel leaked on and around the plane and its wreckage. He knowingly placed his own personal safety at risk by approaching a potentially explosive situation and ultimately providing care to the victims and assisting other rescuers.

Supervising Registered Nurse II Francisco L. Hernandez was honored for his fearlessness in responding to a police officer struggling with a prisoner for control of the officer’s duty weapon. Hernandez was working off-duty at a hospital’s emergency room when he responded to the threatening situation and attempted to subdue the prisoner by using physical strength and holds.

Also honored at today’s ceremony were Correctional Counselor Ronald J. Rock, Centinela State Prison, as the Correctional Peace Officer of the Year, and Correctional Lieutenant Gregory Bergersen, Valley State Prison for Women, as Correctional Supervisor of the Year.

Complete List of 2010 Award Winners

Medal of Valor
The Medal of Valor is the Department’s highest award, earned by employees distinguishing themselves by conspicuous bravery or heroism above and beyond the normal demands of correctional service. The employee shall display great courage in the face of immediate life-threatening peril and with full knowledge of the risk involved. The act should show professional judgment and not jeopardize operations or the lives of others.

Correctional Officer Hoyt Wayne Walker, Pelican Bay State Prison; Youth Correctional Counselor David Michael Padore, Southern Youth Correctional Reception Center and Clinic; Correctional Officer Daniel Fernandez, California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison at Corcoran; Correctional Sergeant Walter Scott Jandro, Central California Women’s Facility; Supervising Registered Nurse II Francisco L. Hernandez, North Kern State Prison

Gold Star Medal
The Corrections Star (Gold) medal is the Department’s second highest award for heroic deeds under extraordinary circumstances. The employee shall display courage in the face of immediate peril in acting to save the life of another person.

Parole Agents Jenaro J. Carrasco and Anthony Maes, Division of Adult Parole Operations, Region IV; Correctional Officer Brian Chord, Folsom State Prison

Silver Star Medal
The Corrections Star (Silver) medal is the Department’s third highest award for acts of bravery under extraordinary or unusual circumstances. The employee shall display courage in the face of potential peril while saving or attempting to save the life of another person or distinguish himself or herself by performing in stressful situations with exceptional tactics or judgment.

Correctional Officer Miguel U. Morales, Calipatria State Prison; Correctional Officers Caesar Alcantara Sr., Felicia J. Hewitt, Christopher D. Reyes, Leonardo Serrano, and Ray T. Ynostroza, Ironwood State Prison; Facility Captain Sharon E. Henry, Correctional Lieutenant Timothy G. Ellis, Correctional Officers Gabriel Romo, Herman H. Valdivia, Lonnie Mack Elliott, and Rebecca Rutledge, Sierra Conservation Center; Correctional Officers Jorge S. Fernandez, Richard Ortiz Jr., Tony Reyna, and Illich B. Sanchez, Kern Valley State Prison; Correctional Officers Manuel T. Parra and Joseph N. Vicente, California Rehabilitation Center; Correctional Officers Robert M. Rodriguez and Douglas George Stever, Folsom State Prison; Correctional Officers Ernest F. Johnson and Jeremy J. Viles, California State Prison, Sacramento; Correctional Sergeant John Paul Popplewell, Correctional Training Facility; and Correctional Sergeants Anthony M. Murphy and Grant E. Parker, Office of Correctional Safety.

Bronze Star Medal
The Corrections Star (Bronze) is the Department’s award for saving a life without placing oneself in peril. The employee shall have used proper training and tactics in a professional manner to save, or clearly contribute to saving, the life of another person.

Correctional Lieutenant Kenneth A. Clendenin, Mule Creek State Prison; Correctional Sergeant Mark Garcia, California Institution for Men; Correctional Officer Marty Lewis, Avenal State Prison; Correctional Lieutenant Jackie Jeter, Wasco State Prison; and Correctional Counselor I Cubby Munerlyn.

Distinguished Service Medal
The Distinguished Service Medal is for an employee’s exemplary work conduct with the Department for a period of months or years, or involvement in a specific assignment of unusual benefit to the Department.

Correctional Lieutenant William G. Bean, Correctional Sergeants Daniel R. Fairchild and Juan R. Ruiz, California Rehabilitation Center; Special Agent Steve Contreras; and Maintenance Mechanics Nghia T. Luu and Eldon N. Wassell, California Institution for Women.

Unit Citation
The Unit Citation is for great courage displayed by a departmental unit in the course of conducting an operation in the face of immediate life-threatening circumstances.

Administrator Alan D. Caron, Staff Services Analysts Jamie E. Halford, Lori J. Nicol, Promotional Specialists Lisa M. Lewis and Donna M. Orth, Prison Industry Authority.

CDCR Correctional Peace Officer of the Year
Correctional Counselor I Ronald J. Rock, Centinela State Prison

CDCR Correctional Supervisor of the Year
Correctional Lieutenant Gregory Bergersen, Valley State Prison for Women

Thursday, April 29, 2010

CDCR Submits Lethal Injection Regulations to the Office of Administrative Law

SACRAMENTO - The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) completed its rulemaking activities and submitted its lethal injection regulations to the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) today. The rulemaking documents include the final regulation text, final statement of reasons, public comments and other required documents.

The OAL, a separate and independent state control agency, has 30 working days from today to review the rulemaking package and either approve or disapprove the regulations.

If approved by the OAL, the regulations would be formally certified and filed with the Secretary of State, the state agency responsible by law to receive all certified regulations and archive them.

CDCR has requested that the regulations become effective upon filing with the Secretary of State.

CDCR’s submission of the lethal injection regulations are part of the rulemaking process pursuant to the state’s Administrative Procedure Act (APA). The APA establishes rulemaking procedures and standards for state agencies in California. The process is designed to provide the public with a meaningful opportunity to participate in the adoption of state regulations.

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

California Prisons Reduce Water Consumption

26 Percent Reduction Lessens State’s Impact on Drought

NORCO –SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) announced today that it has reduced its water consumption by 26 percent or approximately 3 billion gallons in Fiscal Year 2008-09, and is continuing its aggressive water conservation efforts in Fiscal Year 2009-10.

CDCR’s water conservation program began in 2006 with a pilot project to install flush restricting valves on toilets in selected prisons. In 2008, under the direction of Governor Schwarzenegger’s Executive Order S-06-08 that declared a state of drought in California, CDCR set a goal of reducing water consumption by 20 percent statewide.

“As California’s largest state agency and a major water user, our prisons have taken steps to reduce water usage across the board,” said CDCR Secretary Matthew Cate. “In addition, we have prepared a comprehensive drought response plan in anticipation of future dry periods.”

CDCR’s expansive water savings program examined water usage in its 33 prisons and correctional facilities. Water consumption was reduced on a massive scale through conservation, elimination of nonessential use, retrofits and increased efficiencies.

“Through the efforts of our wardens and staff across the state, we have achieved the Governor’s goal for our agency of reducing consumption by 20 percent, and are continuing to search for new and innovative means to lessen the impact of the drought,” said Cate.
CDCR’s water savings is achieved through the following:

Flush restricting valves have been installed at nearly one-third of all adult institutions.

Prisons and other facilities have enacted low-or-no-cost water conservation methods.

Headquarters has distributed a “Best Management Practices Water Management & Conservation” document to all institutions that covers:

eliminating nonessential water use;

modifying practices for water efficient landscaping;

leak detection and repair – building systems and equipment;

water-efficient irrigation; and

laundries and vehicle washing.

On-site Water Consumption Surveys have been initiated at prisons.

CDCR has identified other opportunities for additional water savings through operational modifications and best practices in inmate housing, kitchens, grounds and laundries.

Additional water conservation projects have been launched.

Progress is monitored at CDCR Headquarters through surveys and a centralized reporting process.

CDCR’s water conservation efforts are part of its agency-wide resource conservation program. CDCR is on-track to achieve the goal laid out by the Governor of reaching a 20 percent reduction in energy usage by 2015. These savings will be realized through the use of solar photovoltaic power plants, implementing peak load reduction programs, and by installing the latest in lighting technology.

Link to CDCR Water Savings website, including water savings tips and photographs: http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/CDCR_Going_Green/water_savings.html

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

California Rehabilitation Center to Undergo Energy Efficient Retrofit

Energy Efficient Lights Will Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Energy Costs at Prison, Four More Prisons to be Retrofit in 2010

NORCO – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) announced today an ambitious retrofit plan to increase energy efficiency by retrofitting light fixtures at the California Rehabilitation Center (CRC) in Norco. The retrofit is scheduled to be completed by July 2010.

The CRC project shows CDCR’s commitment to reducing energy consumption as well as meeting the goals of AB-32, and Governor Schwarzenegger’s Governor’s Green Building Initiative (Executive Order S-20-04) directing state agencies to reduce energy use in state buildings 20 percent by 2015.

“I am pleased to add the CRC to our list of prisons that will be saving energy through retrofit projects,” said Matthew Cate, CDCR’s Secretary. “Lighting retrofits save both money and electricity, all while creating a safer work environment for our employees.”

Through a loan offered by the California Energy Commission for health care facilities, CDCR has secured $650,000.00 to retrofit lighting in the entire facility including, but not limited to, the conversion of T12 fluorescent lamps to T8 energy saving lamps with electronic ballasts, replacement of incandescent lamps with compact fluorescents and the replacement of HID light fixtures with induction fixtures. The loan is expected to be paid back in full in 5 years, with cost savings and rebates paying for the entire project.

In 2008, CDCR completed 16 energy efficiency projects statewide which now save approximately 28 million kilowatt hours of electricity, 450,000 therms of natural gas and 26.5 million pounds of carbon-dioxide gases – the equivalent of taking about 4,000 vehicles off the road annually. In 2009, several smaller projects were completed at CDCR facilities. In all, the 2009 energy efficiency projects resulted in approximately $1.1 million annual cost avoidance bringing the total annual cost avoidance achieved, so far, under the CDCR / Investor Owned Utility Partnership Program to $4.3 million.

The estimated utility costs rebated for the CRC project will be approximately $307,000 given the expected energy cost savings of about $115,000.00 annually. The retrofit project consists of replacing nearly 6,300 lamps in the prison. Many of these lights are used both day and night, so the energy savings is optimal with the retrofit.

In addition to the project at CRC, CDCR has 4 additional facilities identified for potential energy efficiency projects. CSP Corcoran, California Correctional Institution, Salinas Valley State Prison and California Training Facility have all secured funding through the Department of General Services’ Energy Efficient State Property Revolving Loan Fund, the source of which is seeded in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) fund program. These projects are expected to be completed in July 2010.

CDCR’s Energy Management and Sustainability Section will monitor the progress of the CRC lighting retrofit project and continue work toward expanding CDCR’s energy efficiency program.

Link to CDCR’s Energy Savings Website: http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/CDCR_Going_Green/index.html

Court Terminates Case on Inmate Access to Prison Law Libraries

SACRAMENTO - Federal judge Susan Illston of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California ended on April 16, 2010 a long-standing lawsuit, Gilmore v. State of California, relating to inmate access to law libraries and legal documents at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). The Gilmore case began in 1966, when inmates from San Quentin State Prison filed an action concerning their access to law books and the courts. In 1972, the court ordered an injunction requiring California to maintain a specified list of legal literature in its prisons to help inmates access the courts.

In December 2009, CDCR implemented revised regulations that provide additional rights for inmates to access the law library. CDCR’s new regulations require that all inmates, regardless of their classification or housing status, be entitled to physical law library access that is sufficient to provide meaningful access to the courts. The new regulations require CDCR to maintain, at a minimum, the complete and updated material required at each prison that were set forth in the Gilmore Injunction.

On April 12, 2010 plaintiffs in Gilmore v. State of California, withdrew their opposition to a motion filed by the California Attorney General’s Office on behalf of CDCR to terminate the Gilmore injunction requiring California to maintain a specified list of legal literature in all its prisons. The termination of the injunction was ordered April 16 by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, which effectively ends the case.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

CDCR On Pace to Set Record for Collection of Victim Restitution

Relationship with Franchise Tax Board to Improve Collections

Sacramento - California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Secretary Matthew Cate today announced CDCR is on pace to set a record for collection of victim restitution orders from inmates and parolees, due to an innovative relationship with the state’s Franchise Tax Board (FTB).

California is world-leading in the collection of restitution orders on behalf of crime victims. These collections are sent to victims and survivors of crimes as restitution. The first month of CDCR’s new partnership with FTB resulted in the collection of more than $155,000 from among the 3,100 initial cases sent to FTB.



"Thanks to the assistance of victims’ rights advocates, our ability to collect on restitution, judgments and other direct orders from the court for victims and survivors are stronger than ever here at CDCR," Secretary Cate said. "We will continue to tighten the various loopholes to ensure that a majority of every dollar earned by an inmate or a parolee with a restitution order goes to reimbursing victims and survivors for part of their loss."

The announcement came during the Department's observance of National Crime Victims' Rights Week. The CDCR has a long history of supporting the rights of victims and survivors of violent crimes. When the Department reorganized on July 1, 2005, the Department's victims' rights advocate was elevated to an Assistant Secretary level position appointed by the Governor. Statewide, several dozen adult and juvenile facilities have planned victims' week observations and activities.

A number of reforms and changes were made since the CDCR reorganization that strengthens the Department's responsiveness to victims and survivors of violent crimes.

The most significant change occurred earlier this year when CDCR and FTB entered into an interagency agreement which states that FTB will act as an agent for the CDCR in collection of victim restitution from adult parolees and discharged adult offenders.

The Interagency Agreement, signed in December, was spurred by the passage of AB2928 earlier in 2009. Victims suffer staggering economic costs as a result of crime. This agreement encompasses over $2 billion owed to more than 100,000 victims of crime. Crime victim compensation programs reimburse victims for part of this loss.

California, already the clear national leader in victim restitution, is making a historic enhancement to the program. Until now, once adult offenders left CDCR jurisdiction, victims were left to collect restitution on their own. Now FTB will use the same collection process for adult offenders no longer under CDCR jurisdiction as they use for citizens who have underpaid taxes.

Other changes that have occurred since 2005 include: maximizing restitution collection from inmates under State and Federal laws; activating direct orders of restitutions from the courts to CDCR; initiating restitution collection within the first week an inmate is received by CDCR; establishing a victims' call center; and, 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 my 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."

California has a rich history with criminal restitution. California was the first state in the nation to give crime victims a constitutional right to restitution from their offenders. California also is home to the nation’s first crime victim compensation program.

The state’s victim compensation program was founded in 1965 to assist residents of the State of California in obtaining compensation for the losses they suffer as a direct result of criminal acts. It has helped nearly 900,000 victims and their family members, and paid out more than $1.5 billion to eligible crime victims and those who provide services to them.

The CDCR Office of Victim and Survivor Rights and Services (OVSRS) provides 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 juvenile and criminal justice systems," 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."

The California courts have acknowledged that restitution serves to make a criminal understand that he has harmed not merely society in the abstract but also individual human beings, and that he has a responsibility to make them financially whole. Restitution has also been recognized as serving twin functions of rehabilitation of the offender and compensation to the victim.

Ms. Menefee encourages media and community partners to contact local CDCR adult and juvenile institutions for a chance to observe or participate in planned Crime Victims’ Week activities.

For more information, please visit the CDCR Victim Services website at: http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/Victim_Services/index.html.

Please see the accompanying documents on the website for local victims’ week activities as well as a fact sheet on accomplishments by the OVSRS.

Click to view FACT SHEET (PDF)