Wednesday, November 30, 2011

CDCR Agents Instrumental in Capture of New Jersey Man Suspected of Murdering of His Daughter

Sacramento -- Members of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Fugitive Apprehension Team were instrumental in the November 29 capture in San Diego of a 27-year-old man who was on the run from New Jersey police for allegedly killing his 2-year-old daughter.

CDCR agents, members of the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force, spotted Arthur Morgan III on an apartment balcony Tuesday in San Diego and alerted other task force members. Moments later, the team took Morgan into custody without incident.

Morgan had been the subject of a nation-wide manhunt in the November 21 murder of Teirra Morgan-Glover, whose body was found strapped in car seat partially submerged in a creek in Wall Township, NJ. The toddler had been on a New Jersey court-approved visit with her father at the time of her death. Morgan had been featured on the America’s Most Wanted TV show.

The Fugitive Task Force received information from New Jersey authorities that Morgan might be hiding in an apartment in the San Diego area. Morgan was booked into the San Diego County jail where he awaits extradition proceedings.

CDCR’s Fugitive Apprehension Team is one of six specialized units within the department’s Office of Correctional Safety that handle fugitive and escapee apprehension, gang-management issues, critical incident responses and criminal investigations.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Contact: Luis Patino
(916) 445-4950

Inmates Captured After Walking Away from Minimum Support Facility at Salinas Valley State Prison

SALINAS– The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) today announced the apprehension of two inmates who walked away from the Minimum Support Facility at Salinas Valley State Prison (SVSP) on November 19, 2011.

Inmate Omar Ramirez, 32, was captured late Tuesday night in Compton, California and transported to California Institution for Men in Chino, California. Ramirez was committed to CDCR on December 30, 2009 from Los Angeles County and serving a one-year, four-month sentence for possession of a firearm by an ex-felon.

Inmate Yovanni Peralta Diaz, 22, was captured after a brief chase Wednesday morning in Madera, California and was transported back to SVSP.  Diaz was committed to CDCR on September 14, 2011 from Orange County and is serving a three-year sentence for transportation and solicitation of controlled substances.

Both inmates were captured by CDCR’s Office of Correctional Safety and Special Service Unit.

The two inmates were last seen walking laps together on the facility’s track at approximately 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 19. The two were noticed missing at approximately 9:15 p.m. during an institutional inmate count.

SVSP provides long-term housing and services for designated Level I and Level IV inmates. Level I inmates are housed in one of two dorms on the Minimum Support Facility (MSF), and the Level IV inmates are housed in one of four other facilities at the institution. SVSP provides Correctional Clinical Case Management System (CCCMS), Enhanced Outpatient Program (EOP) and Mental Health Crisis Bed (MHCB) services. For more information on SVSP, visit CDCR's website at www.cdcr.ca.gov/Facilities_Locator/SVSP.html

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November 30, 2011 
Contact: Dana Toyama
(916) 445-4950 

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Condemned Inmate David Murtishaw Dies of Natural Causes

SAN QUENTIN – Condemned inmate David Leslie Murtishaw, 54, who was on death row for the murder of three University of Southern California film students in 1978, was found unresponsive in his cell last night at San Quentin State Prison. Murtishaw was pronounced dead of natural causes at 10:36 p.m. He was single-celled.

Murtishaw was sentenced to death by a Kern County jury for the April 9, 1978, for the murders of James Lee Henderson, Martha Bernice Soto and Ingrid M. Etayo, who were making a student film in the Mojave Desert.

Murtishaw was received onto California’s death row at San Quentin on May 1, 1979.

Since California reinstated capital punishment in 1978, 55 condemned inmates have died from natural causes, 19 have committed suicide, 13 were executed in California, one was executed in Missouri and six died from other causes. As of November 23, 2011, there are 718 offenders on California’s death row.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 23, 2011
Contact: Lt. Sam Robinson
(415) 454-1460 ext. 5008 or
Dana Toyama (916) 445-4950

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

WASCO Staff Conduct Annual Food Drive to Help Feed Hungry in Their Community

For more than 10 years now, the staff at Wasco State Prison’s Reception Center has hosted a local food drive to help needy families in the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Last week, Wasco staff distributed 57 food boxes, each containing the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal for a family of six.

The food drive was topped off with a Thanksgiving feast at Allensworth Elementary School. WSP-RC has been providing a Thanksgiving luncheon for students at Allensworth Elementary since 1998.

Acting Warden J. N. Katavich and the prison’s Reception Center staff served a Thanksgiving lunch with all the trimmings to students and other members of the community.

Helping serve the lunch were AssemblymanDavid G. Valadao, R-30th District, and Dameane Douglas, a representative from the office of state Sen. Michael J. Rubio, D-16th District.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Inmates Walk Away from Minimum Support Facility of Salinas Valley State Prison

SALINAS—The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) announced that on November 19, 2011, two minimum security inmates escaped from the Minimum Support Facility of Salinas Valley State Prison (SVSP) which is located in South Monterey County, just north of the city of Soledad, CA.

The first escape is 32-year old Omar Ramirez, Hispanic male, 5’ 8” tall and 210 pounds. Ramirez has brown eyes and black hair however, it is shaved at the time. Ramirez was committed to CDCR on December 30, 2009 from Los Angeles County for being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm.

The second escapee is 22-year old Yovanni Peralta Diaz, Hispanic male, 5’ 5” tall and 173 pounds. Diaz has brown eyes and black hair however; it is trimmed very short at this time. Diaz was committed to CDCR on September 14, 2011 from Orange County for transportation and selling controlled substances.

Both inmates were last seen at approximately 7:30 pm on November 19, 2011.

SVSP has activated the institution’s Incident Command Post and Escape Pursuit Plan.

Anyone have information about, or knowledge of, the location of either of these two escapees should immediately contact 911 or the SVSP Watch Commander at (831) 678-5542.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 19, 2011
Contact: Lt. Michael Nilsson
(916) 445-4950

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Condemned Inmate Brandon Wilson Dies of Suicide

SAN QUENTIN – Condemned inmate Brandon Wilson, 33, who was on death row for the murder of a 9-year-old boy, was found hanging in his cell this morning at San Quentin State Prison. Wilson was pronounced dead at 6:47 a.m. He was single-celled.

Wilson was sentenced to death by a San Diego County jury on November 4, 1999, for the November 14, 1998, murder of Matthew Cecchi in an Oceanside park restroom.

Wilson was received onto California’s death row on November 9, 1999, with a death sentence for first-degree murder with special circumstances.  On February 22, 2000, Wilson also began serving a life sentence from Los Angeles County for attempted first-degree murder.

Since 1978 when California reinstated capital punishment, 54 condemned inmates have died from natural causes, 19 committed suicide, 13 were executed in California, one was executed in Missouri and six died from other causes.  As of November 17, 2011, there are 719 offenders on California’s death row.

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Contact:
Terry Thornton, (916) 445-4950
Sgt. Gabe Walters, (415) 455-5008

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Inmate Charles Watson Denied Parole

IONE – The Board of Parole Hearings (BPH) denied parole today to inmate Charles Denton Watson at a parole suitability hearing at Mule Creek State Prison. Inmate Watson, 65, has been serving a life sentence for his involvement in the 1969 Manson Family murders.

It was Watson’s 16th appearance before a BPH panel. Inmate Watson will be considered for another parole review in five years.

On August 9, 1969, Charles “Tex” Watson and his crime partners Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Linda Kasabian murdered Abigail Ann Folger, Wojciech Frykowski, Steven Earl Parent, Sharon Tate Polanski who was eight months pregnant, and Thomas Jay Sebring. Folger, Polanski and Sebring died from multiple stab wounds. Frykowski was shot, received multiple blunt force trauma to his head, and was stabbed. He died from the gunshot wound. Parent died from multiple gunshot wounds.

On August 10, 1969, Watson, Atkins, Charles Manson, Krenwinkel, and Leslie Van Houten murdered Leno and Rosemary La Bianca. They died from multiple stab wounds.

On October 21, 1971, Watson was sentenced to death by a Los Angeles County jury and received onto California’s death row on November 17, 1971 for seven counts of first-degree murder and one count of conspiracy to commit murder. On December 13, 1972, the Superior Court of California in the County of Los Angeles vacated and set aside the death penalty pursuant to People v. Anderson (1972). The Anderson decision caused all capital sentences in the State of California to be commuted to life in prison. The decision was retroactive. Watson’s death sentence was vacated on March 20, 1973 and he was resentenced to a life term. He has been housed at Mule Creek State Prison since 1993.

The Board hearing transcript will serve as the official record. The transcript is expected to be transcribed and ready in approximately 30 days.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NOVEMBER 16, 2011
CONTACT: TERRY THORNTON
(916) 445-4950

Medical parolee returned to custody pending hearing

The Board of Parole Hearings (BPH) has ordered a medical examination for Peter Post, who was released to medical parole on November 3, to determine whether his condition has improved to the extent that he no longer qualifies for medical parole. The Board conducted Post’s medical parole hearing on October 21.

On November 8, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) parole agents advised BPH of possible improvement of Post’s condition after the parolee allegedly made indecent gestures to female nurses at a San Diego area long-term care facility.

On November 10, parole agents transferred Post from his long-term care facility to a secure medical facility in San Diego County.

Pursuant to the California Code of Regulations and a special condition of medical parole requiring Post to undergo an examination to assess his condition, the Board has ordered an examination by a physician to assess his current medical condition. The BPH will use the report to determine if Post’s medical condition has improved to the extent that he no longer qualifies for medical parole. A hearing will be scheduled after the report is received by BPH.

Post, 56, began serving a 31-year sentence for first-degree burglary from Sacramento County on November 21, 2002. He has prior burglary commitments from 1992 and 2000.

Senate Bill 1399, signed into law in September 2010 and became effective January 1, 2011, allows CDCR to medically parole certain state prison inmates with physical incapacitating conditions. Under the law, BPH may approve medical parole if it determines that the conditions of release would not reasonably pose a threat to public safety.

To be eligible for medical parole consideration, an inmate must be medically incapacitated with a condition that renders him or her permanently unable to perform activities of basic daily living and results in the inmate requiring 24-hour care. The medical parolee would remain under the supervision of CDCR parole agents under specified terms and conditions. Because medical parole results in the inmate’s status to be changed from inmate to medical parole, California taxpayers save costs related to custody.

Under the law, medical parolees could be returned to prison for violating the terms and conditions of medical parole or in the event their medical condition improves to the extent they are no longer eligible.

As of November 9, 2011, the Board of Parole Hearings has heard 27 requests for medical parole since the medical parole law took effect January 1, 2011. Of those heard, 24 requests were granted medical parole, and three have been denied.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NOVEMBER 15, 2011
CONTACT: TERRY THORNTON
(916) 445-4950

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Inmates walk away from Delta Conservation Camp/Suisun City California

Two minimum-security inmates walked from Delta Conservation Camp near Suisun City, California.

The first inmate is 29-years-old Eduardo Hernandez, described as a Hispanic male,  5-feet-4, 125 pounds, with brown eyes, black hair and medium complexion. He was last seen wearing orange-blaze-colored jeans, and shirt with C.D.C.R. prisoner written on the back. He was committed to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on July 21, 2005, from Los Angeles County for carjacking. He was scheduled to be paroled in June 2016.

The second inmate is 32-year-old Jose Padilla, described as a Hispanic male, 5-feet-10, 160 pounds, with brown eyes, black hair and medium complexion. He was last seen wearing orange-blaze-colored jeans, and shirt with C.D.C.R. prisoner written on the back. He was committed to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on April 15, 2011, from Los Angeles County for terrorist threats, corporal injury to spouse and stalking.. He was scheduled to be paroled in December 2015.

Both inmates were last seen about 4:30 this morning.

Apprehension efforts are continuing. Anyone seeing him should contact 9-1-1 or law enforcement authorities immediately.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 15, 2011
Contact: Anyone having information about or knowledge of the location of Eduardo Hernandez or Jose Padilla should contact the CCC Watch Commander at 530-257-2181x4173. All media inquiries should be directed to Margaret Pieper, Public Information Officer, at the California Correctional Center at (530) 257-2181 extension 4110.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

CDCR’s Checks on 2,100 Sex-Offenders During Operation Boo

Sweep results in 118 arrests statewide; weapons, guns, drugs and child porn confiscated

SACRAMENTO – California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) parole agents arrested 118 of the 2,095 sex-offender parolees who were contacted during compliance checks or searches as part of the 18th annual Operation Boo Child Safety Project on Halloween night 2011. New charges were filed against six of the sex-offender parolees contacted.

“The 118 arrests among sex-offender parolees – for possession of weapons, narcotics, child pornography and other parole violations – prove that our statewide efforts with Operation Boo on Halloween night are not only well-founded but also necessary,” said Robert Ambroselli, Director of the Division of Adult Parole Operations. “Our educational efforts this year are also proving effective in the large numbers of parents who visited our website for our online parent’s guide.”

In addition to the traditional compliance checks, this year Operation Boo added two features:

Parent Empowerment: CDCR provided a free downloadable brochure with helpful information about ways to talk to children about dangerous behavior in adults, and Internet links for parents to check for sex-offenders in their area. The number of page views on CDCR’s website climbed by more than 50,000 this Halloween when compared to last year.

Transient Sex-Offender Curfew Centers: Since a significant number of sex-offenders are homeless, transient sex-offenders in most regions were ordered to report to a center to spend the curfew under supervision. Statewide, 12 special transient sex-offender curfew centers were operated Halloween night.

For more information about Operation Boo please visit: http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 3, 2011
Contact: Luis Patino or Terry Thornton
(916) 445-4950

Corrections Standards Authority Invites 25 Counties to Apply for Phase II Jail Construction Funding

Almost $603 million available from state for counties to expand jail-bed space

SACRAMENTO – The Corrections Standards Authority (CSA) announced today that it has invited 25 counties to submit applications for Phase II funding for construction or expansion of county jails. The counties were selected based on criteria in the request for applications.

"We are pleased with the response we have received from county officials interested in Phase II funding,” said California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Secretary Matthew Cate who is also the Chair of the CSA. "While 25 counties were invited to apply, any interested county will be allowed to submit an application up until January 11, 2012."

Following the approval by the CSA Board for the request for applications on October 6, 35 counties contacted CSA expressing interest in applying for a total of $602,881,000 to construct jail facilities.

The following is a list of counties by size and rank:

Large counties (more than 700,000 residents) invited to apply were Los Angeles, Riverside, Orange, Kern, Sacramento, Santa Clara and Fresno.

Medium counties invited to apply were San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tulare, Santa Barbara, Monterey, Yolo, Sonoma and Placer.

Small counties (less than 200,000 residents) invited to apply were Kings, Shasta, Sutter, Madera, Imperial, Napa, Amador, San Benito, Siskiyou and Tuolumne.

Factors used to select the 25 counties included each county’s standing within the legislated preferences of: 1) counties that committed the largest percentage of inmates to state custody in 2010; and 2) counties that chose to relinquish their Phase I award and reapply in Phase II (for a lower matching requirement).

Final awards will be announced by March 2012.

The funding will be provided through lease revenue bonds approved by Assembly Bill 900, also known as the Public Safety and Offender Rehabilitation Services Act of 2007.

CSA has already awarded $617 million to 11 counties under Phase I to add more than 5,000 county jail beds statewide. Projects under construction include Calaveras County’s 240-bed project; a 1,368 jail bed expansion in San Bernardino County; and 144 jail beds in Madera County. Projects in other counties are in the planning stages.

AB 900 provides $7.7 billion to add up to 53,000 prison and jail beds. The legislation provides funding for treatment and rehabilitation beds and for the reduction of prison overcrowding. Of that $7.7 billion, AB 900 provides $1.2 billion to add jail beds to reduce overcrowding in county jails. Each county is required to provide a percentage of matching funds.

Corrections Standards Authority Jail Financing Website (and Phase II RFA links): http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/CSA/CFC/AB900_Program.html

List of Counties Invited to Apply for Phase II Awards:

Corrections Standard Authority Phase I Conditional Awards: http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/CSA/CFC/Docs/AB_900_Phase_I_Funding_111909.pdf

Corrections Standard Authority:

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 3, 2011
Contact: Paul Verke
(916) 445-4950