Monday, March 28, 2011

Inmate Dorothea Puente Dies of Natural Causes

CHOWCHILLA – Central California Women’s Facility inmate Dorothea Puente, 82, who had been serving two life-without-parole sentences for two counts of first-degree murder with special circumstances and a concurrent 15-years-to-life sentence for second-degree murder, died of natural causes at 10:15 a.m. Sunday, March 27, 2011.

Puente was convicted on December 10, 1993, by a Monterey County jury – a change of venue from Sacramento County – for the murders of Leona Carpenter, Dorothy Miller and Benjamin Fink, tenants in her Sacramento boarding house. The jury could not reach a verdict on six other murder charges.

Puente was received by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on December 17, 1993.

In 1982, Puente was sent to state prison from Sacramento County with a five-year sentence for giving drugs to aid in a felony and grand theft. She was released to parole on February 19, 1985, and discharged from parole in 1986.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: TERRY THORNTON (916) 445-4950
TRAVIS WRIGHT, CCWF (559) 665-6002

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Inmate Death At Wasco State Prison-Reception Center Under Investigation

WASCO – At approximately 12:45 a.m. this morning, a 35-year-old Los Angeles County inmate was found deceased in his assigned cell at Wasco State Prison-Reception Center (WSP-RC).


The case is being investigated as a possible homicide by the Kern County District Attorney’s Office. The Office of the Inspector General Bureau of Independent Review was notified.


The deceased inmate was received at WSP-RC on March 1, 2011, for the commitment offense of possession of a controlled substance and was currently serving a 16-month sentence. He also received a nine-month sentence from Los Angeles County in October 2008, for petty theft with priors. In addition, he received a two-year sentence from Los Angeles County in April 2004, for second degree burglary. His name is being withheld pending notification of next-of-kin.


The suspect in this case is a 31-year-old inmate received from Los Angeles County on January 11, 2011, with a life sentence for kidnapping and rape. The suspect also received a ten-year sentence from Los Angeles County for second degree robbery in August 1997.


WSP-RC’s primary mission is to provide short-term housing necessary to process, classify, and evaluate new inmates physically and mentally, and determine their security level, program requirements and appropriate institutional placement. WSP-RC was opened in February of 1991 and houses approximately 5,800 inmates.


 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 23, 2011
 
Contact: Lt. Robert Mazuka
(661) 758-8400, Ext. 5013

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

U.S. Distric Court Terminates 21-Year-Old Class Action Lawsuit

SACRAMENTO —The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) announced today it was pleased by the March 21 ruling of the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California to terminate Madrid v. Cate, a 21-year-old class-action lawsuit regarding use of force, medical and mental health care at Pelican Bay State Prison.


“The department has made tremendous efforts over the years to satisfy the court’s orders in this case, resulting in system-wide improvements to medical and mental health care and reforms to CDCR’s internal affairs and disciplinary process,” said CDCR Secretary Matthew Cate. “The court’s decision to terminate this lawsuit means CDCR has successfully complied with the court’s orders to implement reforms of its use-of-force policy, to review and analyze all use of force incidents and to create an employee investigation and disciplinary process that is fair, consistent and transparent.


The lawsuit was filed in 1990 on behalf of inmates at Pelican Bay State Prison and claimed prison and department officials failed to adequately investigate allegations of excessive force and that medical and mental health care provided at the prison violated the U.S. Constitution's Eighth Amendment ban on cruel and unusual punishment.


CDCR developed comprehensive remedial plans to address the court’s concerns with progress monitored by a court-appointed special master.


System-wide reforms to the investigation and discipline of employees were approved by the court in 2004.


“CDCR has complied with the Madrid mandates and successfully created a model internal affairs investigation and employee disciplinary process. Investigations are consistent, thorough, fair and transparent. The Madrid mandates also provided oversight of employee investigations by the formation of the Bureau of Independent Review in 2004, part of the Office of the Inspector General (OIG). In its last report, the OIG noted that CDCR has substantially complied with the policies and procedures mandated by the Madrid court,” Cate said.


On October 16, 2008, the special master filed his final report on the use of force, recommending ending force-related remedial plan monitoring and related court orders.


On January 21, 2011, the plaintiffs filed a response to the court, acknowledging CDCR’s use-of-force policy had been adopted and implemented and that comprehensive training for all staff regarding the policy would be completed by August 1, 2011. Accordingly, it did not oppose the dismissal of the case.


“CDCR’s use of force policy is based on law and there are processes allowing for the review and analysis of all use of force incidents statewide. I am pleased with the hard work of CDCR staff in implementing these critical reforms. The court’s order to terminate this lawsuit demonstrates the acknowledgement and approval of the progress CDCR has made over the years,” Cate said.




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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:
Terry Thornton, (916) 445-4950

Monday, March 21, 2011

Child Support Obligations Education Begins for California Inmates

Effort to educate inmates on their rights, intended to reduce recidivism

SACRAMENTO – A unique partnership of child support organizations has resulted in a comprehensive educational effort to inform state prison inmates of their rights under child support collection laws.

Beginning this month, a video entitled, “Working with the Child Support Program: What You Need to Do” will be shown on inmate television at all 30 state male institutions, educating inmates who have active or pending child support orders on how to handle this obligation while incarcerated.

“Consistent payment of child support is our primary objective.” said Jan Sturla, Director, California Department of Child Support Services. “The child support program will work with obligors to address their child support while incarcerated. It is our objective to educate incarcerated obligors about the child support process, so they can get back on track in meeting their obligations to their children.”

Nationally, about half of incarcerated parents have open child support cases. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s (CDCR) inmate population is approximately 162,000.

“Today our child support obligation does not end because a parent is incarcerated. Many inmates have a limited ability to modify, suspend or even make efforts to pay toward their child support orders or realize they have options,” said Elizabeth Siggins, Chief Deputy Secretary of Adult Programs for CDCR. “We appreciate the opportunity to collaborate with the Department of Child Support Services and their partners to educate incarcerated fathers on their rights and obligations.”

Several counties, including Solano County, conducted successful outreach efforts at prisons and jails in their areas to educate inmates and assist them with complying with child support obligations if the inmates had no money to pay. The group worked closely with the CDCR Office of Public and Employee Communications to develop an effective video product that is being broadcast in both English and Spanish and offers open caption in both languages for the hearing impaired.

“Our agencies believe that by educating inmates and offering them options, including how to modify their child support order while incarcerated, we are helping them take responsibility,” said Dave Oppenheim, Executive Director with the Child Support Directors’ Association. “It is important to provide these services to offenders in order to reduce the risk of recidivism.”

The project has also generated a video to be distributed to the 58 California counties to be shown in county jails that offer closed circuit televisions similar to those utilized in the state prison system. By providing information to offenders, child support advocates are striving to mitigate negative impacts to felons upon their release, including license revocation and garnishment of wages, giving them the platform to successfully reintegrate into society.

In addition to California Department of Child Support Services and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, other partners on this project include: the Child Support Directors Association, El Dorado County Department of Child Support Services, Marin County Department of Child Support Services, and Solano County Department of Child Support Services.

View different versions of the video:

View a page with collateral documents on child support collection efforts: http://www.csdaca.org/incarcerated_obligor.aspx

CDCR oversees 33 adult state prisons ranging from minimum- to maximum-custody, 44 conservation camps, 10 community correctional facilities and four facilities designed for inmate mothers and their children. For offenders released to parole, four parole regions oversee 190 parole units and sub-units in 84 separate locations. CDCR also oversees four facilities for juvenile offenders and regional parole offices for youths on parole.

The Child Support Program is administered by California Department of Child Support Services with services being delivered through 51 local and regional child support agencies. The Child Support Program provides paternity and court order establishment services as well as a range of child support enforcement services including wage withholding, license revocation and state and federal tax intercept. Last year the Child Support Program collected more than $2.2 billion in child support for California’s families and for the State general fund.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:
CASSANDRA HOCKENSON, CDCR, (916) 445-4950
CONNIE DAMANT, DCSS, (916)464-5184

Friday, March 18, 2011

Inmate Escape From Owens Valley Conservation Camp, CC#26

BISHOP – On March 17, 2011, at approximately 8:30 PM, a Sierra Conservation Center inmate assigned to Owens Valley Conservation Camp in Inyo County was discovered missing during a camp count. Inmate Yahua Yang, a minimum custody inmate could not be located by camp staff at the completion of the 2030 camp count. Escape procedures were immediately activated.


Inmate Yang, 37, was serving a seven year sentence for Possession of Controlled Substance for Sale from Los Angeles County. Yang was scheduled to parole December 24, 2012. YANG may be wearing grey sweat pants and a grey sweat shirt, black boots and an orange prison jacket with prison lettering. Yang is an Asian male with black short length hair and brown eyes with a medium build. Yang is approximately 5’ 8” tall and weighs approximately 160 pounds.


A search for inmate Yang was immediately initiated and Officials have notified surrounding residents as well as local Law Enforcement Agencies. If anyone sees Yang, please notify your local authorities, Owens Valley Camp, or call 911.


Owens Valley Conservation Camp, CC #26, which opened in 1963, houses approximately 128 minimum security inmates and is located approximately ten miles north of Bishop on Highway 395. Owens Valley Camp is jointly operated by CAL FIRE and CDCR and is under the jurisdiction of Sierra Conservation Center. The primary mission of this camp is to respond to statewide Wildfire emergencies and fire prevention conservation projects within Inyo and Mono Counties.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARCH 19,2011
 
CONTACT:
J. FROHREICH, CORRECTIONAL LIEUTENANT
(760) 387-2686

Delta Conservation Camp Escapee Apprehended

Rio Vista, CA – Prison inmate Nathan Simpson, a minimum security inmate who escaped from the Delta Conservation Camp CC#8 in Suisun City, CA on March 13, 2011, was apprehended in Rio Vista, CA. on March 17, 2011 by special agents from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.


At approximately 2200 Hours, on March 17, 2011, the escapee was captured, arrested and taken into custody. He was medically cleared and transported to California State Prison – Solano in Vacaville, California, and remanded to the Administrative Segregation Unit, pending return to California Correctional Center.


Simpson was serving a conviction for vehicle theft with priors from Siskiyou County and was scheduled to be paroled in September 2011.


Of all offenders who have escaped from an adult institution, camp or community-based program since 1977, 99.1 percent have been apprehended.






FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 18, 2011

Monday, March 14, 2011

Inmate Escapes from Delta Conservation Camp

SUISUN CITY – A minimum security inmate walked away from Delta Conservation Camp located just outside of Suisun City, California.
The escapee, Nathan Simpson, was committed to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on May 12, 2010, from Siskiyou County for vehicle theft with priors. He was scheduled to be paroled in September 2011.

Simpson is a 30-year-old white male, 150 pounds, with brown eyes, brown hair and fair complexion. He is approximately 6’1” inches tall with a thin build. He was last seen wearing orange jeans and a shirt with “C.D.C.R. prisoner” written on the back. Simpson was last seen at approximately 9:30 p.m. on Sunday evening, March 13.

Escape apprehension efforts are continuing.

Anyone seeing Simpson should contact 9-1-1 or law enforcement authorities immediately. Anyone having information about or knowledge of the location of Nathan Simpson should contact the California Correctional Center (CCC) Watch Commander at 530-257-2181, Ext. 4173. All media inquiries should be directed to Margaret Pieper, Public Information Officer, CCC, at (530) 257-2181, Ext. 4110.

For Immediate Release
March 14, 2011

Contact: Margaret Pieper, CCC
(530) 257-2181, Ext. 4110.

Friday, March 11, 2011

CDCR Officer Saves Fellow Dad/Officer through Kidney Donation

View video here...

LOS ANGELES – Kidney transplant recipient, Correctional Officer Gaston Alexander Benjamin, the single father of four young children who works transporting inmates to medical appointments at California State Prison-Los Angeles County, will be released from UCLA Medical Center Saturday, March 12, after receiving a kidney transplant from Calipatria State Prison Correctional Officer Luis Hernandez. Both officers are experiencing a successful recovery.

Hernandez, a dad, volunteer coach and volunteer California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) “Tuff Teddy” mascot for kids’ events, learned that the fellow officer might not survive without a kidney transplant from reading a CDCR flyer seeking potential donors. Cameras captured the emotional first meeting and part of the medical procedure. (Video dubs are available from UCLA.)

“I am extremely proud of Luis Hernandez for his exceptional act in donating the gift of life to Gaston Benjamin,” said Calipatria State Prison Warden Leland McEwen. “I am delighted that the operation was successful and that Officer Benjamin will be able to maintain a fruitful life with his family, enjoy his children’s embraces and continue to be a valuable member of our department.”

“We are thrilled that this donor operation was a success and that Officer Benjamin’s life was saved,” said Warden Brenda Cash, California State Prison, Los Angeles County, in Lancaster (LAC). “Officer Hernandez’ act of human kindness is a great reflection upon his character and demonstrates that there are people willing to make extraordinary sacrifices for one another. I would also like to express our sincere gratitude to Officer Hernandez, his family, and the staff at Calipatria State Prison.”

Officer Benjamin’s medical condition was very serious and he was in desperate need of a kidney transplant. On October 21, 2010, LAC Warden Cash sent out a “Now You Know” flyer to all CDCR institutions indicating Correctional Officer Gaston Benjamin’s need for a kidney. Officer Hernandez was a prospective match and subjected himself to a battery of tests to determine eligibility and compatibility.

In January 2011 Officer Luis Hernandez was cleared to donate the gift of life. On Monday, February 28, Luis Hernandez and Gaston Benjamin met for the first time at UCLA Medical Center during their pre-operative appointment. This emotional encounter was witnessed by family members of both Luis and Gaston. At first glance both men embraced each other and expressed heartfelt thanks and emotions.

On March 8, Luis’ kidney was successfully transplanted into Gaston. The UCLA staff stated that the transplant went well and immediately began to function at the conclusion of the procedure.

Officer Hernandez has donated countless hours coaching sports teams in his local community and has been actively involved with Imperial County’s Shop with a Cop since its inception. The last few years Luis has dressed up as “Tuff Teddy” at events like Shop with a Cop.

Both officers are grateful to UCLA for their skills and diligence in the successful transplant procedure that saved the life of Officer Benjamin.

View the video here


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARCH 11, 2011
CONTACT: LUIS PATINO, CDCR (916) 445-4950
ENRIQUE RIVERO, UCLA ( (310) 597-5768
 
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Inmate Dies After Being Assaulted At High Desert State Prison

Susanville – High Desert State Prison (HDSP) investigators are investigating the death of an inmate as a homicide.


The inmate was found unresponsive in his cell on March 10. He was pronounced dead at 9:29 a.m.


The deceased inmate was serving his first term and was committed from Riverside County on May 4, 2010. He was received at HDSP on August 2, 2010, and was serving a 90-year-to-life sentence for aggravated sexual assault of a child under 14. The inmate’s name is being withheld pending notification of the next of kin.


The deceased inmate’s cellmate has been identified as the primary suspect in the death, and has been placed into the Administrative Segregation Unit pending investigation into the incident. The suspect, 35, is a second term inmate received from Los Angeles County on September 9, 1993. He was received at HDSP on December 23, 2008, and is serving a 64-year-to-life sentence for rape with force and violence and assault with a deadly weapon. The inmate’s name is being withheld at this time pending investigation.


The case is under investigation by The Office of the Inspector General Bureau of Independent Review and the HDSP Investigative Services Unit. Additionally, the Lassen County District Attorney’s Office and the Office of Internal Affairs have been notified.


High Desert State Prison, located in Lassen County, opened in 1995 and houses approximately 4,500 minimum-, medium-, and maximum-custody inmates. The institution employs more than 1,500 people and provides academic, trade and vocational training to incarcerated inmates.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 10, 2011
Contact: Lt. Charlie Hahn(530) 251-5100 x5501

CDCR Officer Saves Fellow Dad/ Officer through Kidney Donation

Donor is Volunteer Coach and “Tuff Teddy” Mascot
What:
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Correctional Officers Luis Hernandez, (Donor) and Gaston Alexander Benjamin, (Recipient) say post-operation goodbyes.

When:
Saturday, March 12 2011
11:00 a.m.

Where:
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
757 Westwood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Meet at hospital information desk
On-site Contact: Enrique Rivero, 310-597-5768

Why:
Kidney transplant recipient, Officer Gaston Alexander Benjamin, the single father of two young children who works transporting inmates to medical appointments at California State Prison-Los Angeles County, will be released from UCLA Medical Center after receiving a kidney transplant from Calipatria State Prison Correctional Officer Luis Hernandez. Hernandez, a dad, volunteer coach and volunteer CDCR “Tuff Teddy” mascot for kids’ events, learned that the fellow officer might not survive without a kidney transplant from reading a CDCR flyer seeking potential donors. Cameras captured the emotional first meeting and part of the medical procedure. (Video dubs available.)

CONTACT: LUIS PATINO (916) 445-445-4950

Monday, March 7, 2011

CDCR’s Adult Parole Operations Reduces Number of Parolees-at-Large by more than 3,000 in Past Year

Number of Absconders Drops to 16-year Low

SACRAMENTO – Since the inception of the California Parole Apprehension Team, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s (CDCR) Division of Adult Parole Operations has located and/or arrested 3,045 parolees-at-large in a little more than a year of operation.

“I’m proud of our dedicated apprehension teams, global positioning satellite specialists and parole agents who are clearly making our communities safer every day,” said CDCR’s Division of Adult Parole Operations Director Robert Ambroselli. “The number of apprehensions clearly demonstrates that law-abiding Californians are far less likely to encounter a parolee who refuses to abide by the strict rules and oversight of our supervision. For those parolees who refuse, the California Parole Apprehension Teams (CPAT) will come after them, arrest them and put them back behind bars.”

The number of parolees who have absconded parole supervision in California has declined from 15,927 in January 2010 when CPAT units were formed to 12,882 in February 2011. The decline of more than 3,000 at-large parolees in just over a year is the quickest and most significant drop in the number of parolees-at-large in California history. The greatest number of at-large parolees in California occurred in 2003 when there were 19,954. The current 12,882 parolees-at-large is the lowest number in the 16 years that such figures have been kept. The initial count of at-large parolees started in 1995 when 17,688 parolees were reported as absconders.

One recent effort targeting absconded and non-compliant paroles who are sex-offenders or gang-members was dubbed “Operation Safe Playgrounds.” Updated statistics show that 277 of the 407 parolees arrested state-wide during the mid-November sweep by CPAT, are still behind bars. Those parole violators are serving up to a year in state prison, with the average being five additional months behind bars. For more information on the “Operation Safe Playgrounds”, visit CDCR’s web site at www.cdcr.ca.gov and click on the Parole tab.

CPAT agents have extensive training in fugitive apprehension, database searches, social networking, field tactics and firearms training at CDCR’s Office of Correctional Safety Academy. CPAT teams consist of a Regional Intelligence Unit in each of four regional offices and multiple field apprehension teams throughout the regions.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: LUIS PATINO (916) 445-4950

Condemned Inmate Van Pelt Dies of Natural Causes

SAN QUENTIN -- Condemned inmate James Glenn Van Pelt, 54, was pronounced dead of natural causes at an outside hospital facility yesterday morning. Inmate Van Pelt had been in the hospital due to a deteriorating medical condition.

Van Pelt was received onto California’s death row from Riverside County on July 18, 2002, for the murder while lying in wait and the torture of Frank Aguilar, on January 22, 1985, as he mistakenly believed the victim was responsible for killing his friend Raymond Ziegler.

Van Pelt was sentenced to death in Riverside County on July 12, 2002.

Since 1978 when California reinstated capital punishment, 54 condemned inmates have died from natural causes, 18 committed suicides, 13 were executed in California, one was executed in Missouri and six died from other causes. As of March 7, 2011, there are 712 offenders on California’s death row.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARCH 7, 2011

CONTACT: LT. SAM ROBINSON, SQ 415) 455-5008
PEGGY BENGS (916) 445-4950

Friday, March 4, 2011

Kern Valley State Prison Minimum Security Facility Escapee Captured

DELANO — An inmate who walked away from Kern Valley State Prison (KSVP) has been located and apprehended by California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Special Service Unit agents.

Inmate Miguel Jaime Jr., who walked away from the Minimum Support Facility of KSVP on Tuesday, March 1, was apprehended on March 3 in Modesto by CDCR special agents at approximately 8:45 p.m. Jaime has since been transported back to KVSP.

Inmate Jaime, 23, was incarcerated by CDCR on September 17, 2010 from Kern County, and arrived at KVSP on January 21, 2011. He is serving a two-year, four-month sentence for the manufacturing, sale and possession of a weapon. He served time previously for robbery and burglary.

KVSP is a level IV facility that also houses a Level I Minimum Support Facility. Approximately 4,700 inmates are incarcerated at KVSP.

Since 1977, more than 99 percent of prison escapees from California state prisons have been apprehended.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
CONTACT: CASSANDRA HOCKENSON, (916) 445-4950 
WILL ADAMS, (661)721-6306,
LT. JEFFREY SMITH (661) 721-6300 X5514

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Parole Denied For Sirhan Sirhan

COALINGA —The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s Board of Parole Hearings (BPH) today denied a grant of parole for Pleasant Valley State Prison inmate Sirhan Sirhan, convicted for the 1968 assassination of Democratic presidential candidate Senator Robert F. Kennedy.

Sirhan, 66, was convicted in Los Angeles County on April 17, 1969 of one count of first-degree murder and five counts of assault with attempt to commit murder. He was initially sentenced to death; however, on August 18, 1972, his death sentence was commuted to life when the California Supreme Court found that the death penalty constituted cruel and unusual punishment under the state constitution.

On June 5, 1968, Sirhan shot and killed Senator Robert F. Kennedy at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. Five other people were shot but survived: Paul Schrade, William Weisel, Ira Goldstein, Elizabeth Evans and Irwin Stroll.

Inmate Sirhan has been incarcerated since May 23, 1969.

This was his 13th subsequent parole consideration hearing before a BPH panel. Inmate Sirhan will be considered for another parole review in 5 years.

 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
Contact: Luis Patino (916) 445-4950

California Correctional Center Receives 2010 Best Practice Award from the California Department of Education

 SUSANVILLE – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) announced today that the California Correctional Center (CCC) received the 2010 Best Practice Award from the California Department of Education.

“I am proud of the CCC education staff for their hard work and dedication despite these fiscally challenging times and the significant accomplishments they have made in measuring inmate learning achievements,” said Glenn Brooking, Superintendent of the Office of Correctional Education, CDCR. “Offenders equipped with a basic education foundation and improved skills have a better chance of succeeding upon release and turning away from a life of crime.”

The award was given to CCC for its successes in obtaining accurate data on student mastery of educational material and measuring student learning gains as identified by Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment Systems (CASAS). Institutions must first assess individual students to identify each individual’s specific educational needs. This needs assessment is termed a “pre-test.” Once a student has been placed in the appropriate class for three to six months, an assessment is made to measure whether the student made any gains, lost ground, or remained the same. This is termed a “post-test.”

CCC had the highest success rate for gathering pre- and post-tests from their incarcerated population of the 46 institutions examined, including correctional and other institutions.

In coordination with the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Title II program evaluation process, the field-based WIA Title II Program Evaluation Team reviews nominations to identify programs and activities that exemplify a best practice.

Representatives from Best Practice Award winners are invited to participate in a panel for award winners and share that institution’s experiences with other agencies from across the country. Information about each best practice is posted on the CASAS website, www.casas.org/home, and in all award marketing materials, which are distributed at conferences and meetings. The winner is invited to participate in various panels and presentations throughout the program year. In addition, the winning program serves as a model for other programs seeking to implement successful activities and practices.

Contact: Margaret Pieper, CCC

(530) 257-2181, ext 4110

Peggy Bengs
(916) 445-4950

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Inmate Escapes from Minimum Support Facility of Kern Valley State Prison

DELANO – Inmate Miguel Jaime Jr. has escaped from the Minimum Support Facility of Kern Valley State Prison (KVSP). At approximately 11:45 a.m., inmate Jaime was reported missing. An emergency count was called and at 12:15 p.m. it was confirmed that inmate Jaime had escaped. The institution has activated the Emergency Operations, Escape Pursuit Plan in an effort to locate Jaime.

Inmate Jaime is a 23-year-old Hispanic male with short black hair and brown eyes. He is 5’ 4” tall and weighs 145 pounds. He was incarcerated from Kern County on September 17, 2010 and is serving a two-year, four-month sentence for the manufacturing, sale and possession of a weapon. He served time previously for robbery and burglary. Inmate Jaime arrived at KVSP on January 21, 2011.

Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of inmate Jaime is should call 911 or contact Lt. Jeff Smith at (661) 721-6314 or their local law enforcement agency.

KVSP is a Level IV institution which also houses a Level I Minimum Support Facility. Approximately 4,700 inmates are incarcerated at KVSP.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 1, 2011
Contact: Lt. Jeff Smith, KVSP
(661) 721-6314

Update: 277 Sex-Offenders Arrested in Special Sweep

California Parolee Apprehension Teams’ Operation Safe Playgrounds’ Arrestees are Serving an additional 5 Months on average for Parole Violations

Los Angeles — Three months after a specialized team of parole agents with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) arrested 407 parolees as part of a multi-agency sting last November titled Operation Safe Playground Enforcement Week, 277 sex offenders and gang members arrested during a special enforcement week are still behind bars.

The parole violators are serving an average of five additional months behind bars with added time in state prison that ranges from three months to a year.

“Sex offenders and gang member parolees need to understand that we are watching them closely,” said CDDR Division of Adult Parole Operations Director Robert Ambroselli. “My message to parolees is: if you prey on the innocent, or begin to fall into old and dangerous habits, our teams of GPS and apprehension agents will put you right back in prison.”

Some of the more serious offenses for which parolees are back in prison as a result of November’s “Operation Safe Playgrounds” include assault with intent to commit rape, sodomy, oral copulation or mayhem; assault with a deadly weapon; and grand theft.

Parole violations for which sex offender parolees were re-arrested include indecent exposure, annoying children, possession of child pornography, possession of children’s toys or clothing, being within 100 yards of a place where children gather, cell phone pictures of children, solicitation of prostitution and failing to register as a sex offender.

Gang-member parolees were re-arrested for offenses such as associating with other gang members, guns and knives possessions, access to ammunition, and having drugs or alcohol.

Parolees in both groups were also commonly re-arrested for offenses such as failure to wear their GPS monitor, absconding parole supervision, and curfew violations.

Others arrested in November who are no longer in custody, either served their time, or were continued on parole.

Operation Safe Playgrounds Special Enforcement Week was held Nov. 15-19, 2010.Agents with the Department’s California Parolee Apprehension Teams (CPAT) and agents specializing in GPS monitoring, led more than 140 partner agencies including the FBI, the US Marshals and local law enforcement agencies statewide in the week’s efforts.

The CPAT was created as part of parole reforms launched by CDCR in January 2009 to direct more intense focus on parolees who pose the most risk to public safety. CPAT agents receive extensive training in fugitive apprehension, database searches, social networking, field tactics and firearms training.

For more information on California parole and reforms, visit CDCR’s homepage at http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Luis Patino  (916) 445-4950                                            

Condemned Inmate Richard Parson Dies of Natural Causes

SAN QUENTIN — Condemned inmate Richard Ray Parson, 67, was pronounced dead of natural causes at an outside hospital facility early this morning.

Parson was received onto California’s death row from Sacramento County on October 22, 1996, for the murder, robbery and burglary of Theresa Schmiedt on January 2, 1994.

Parson was sentenced to death in Sacramento County on October 11, 1996.

Since 1978 when California reinstated capital punishment, 53 condemned inmates have died from natural causes, 18 committed suicide, 13 were executed in California, one was executed in Missouri and six died from other causes. As of December 21, 2010, there are 713 offenders on California’s death row.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 28, 2011
Contact: Peggy Bengs, (916) 445-4950
Lt. Sam Robinson, SQ, (415) 455-5008

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However, the Press Office also offers several other ways for the media to receive the latest news, stories and alerts from and about CDCR, including news blogs, RSS feeds, and social media. All are accessible from the CDCR website: http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/

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