Thursday, September 20, 2012

Disturbances at California State Prison-Solano Under Investigation

Three inmates sent to area hospitals.


VACAVILLE – California State Prison-Solano (CSP-SOL) administrators have begun an investigation into several disturbances that occurred simultaneously at the prison today.

Just after 1 p.m., a disturbance involving 60 to 80 inmates broke out on one of the medium-security yards. Correctional officers used pepper spray and discharged two warning shots from the Mini 14 rifle to stop the disturbance. Two inmates were injured from the fighting and were taken by ambulance to area hospitals.

At about 1:30 p.m., another fight broke out on another medium-custody yard. At the same time, three other disturbances occurred in other buildings. More than 60 inmates were involved in these fights. Four suffered injuries; three were treated at the prison and one was taken by ambulance to an area hospital.

The entire institution has restricted inmate movement to facilitate the investigation.

CSP-SOL is a medium-security institution that houses 4,228 male general population inmates.

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Contact: Lt. Elizabeth Eck, (707) 529-7302

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Incident at California State Prison-Sacramento Under Investigation

REPRESA – California State Prison-Sacramento (CSP-SAC) administrators are investigating the causes of a riot that occurred today at 11:17 a.m. on one of the prison’s maximum-security general population yards.


Sixty inmates were involved in the incident. Correctional peace officers used less-than-lethal force options including blast dispersion rounds to stop the riot. Officers also discharged six rounds from the Mini 14 rifle. One inmate suffered a gunshot wound and was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

Another 12 inmates were taken to area hospitals for treatment of injuries including stab and slash wounds and head trauma. Four of the 12 were treated and returned to the prison.

Several other inmates suffered minor injuries and were treated at the prison.

There are no reports of injuries to staff. Officers recovered four inmate-made weapons.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) sent a Deadly Force Investigation Team to conduct a criminal and an administrative investigation into the use of deadly force. A deadly force review board will conduct a full and complete review of the incident as well.

The Office of the Inspector General’s Bureau of Independent Review was also notified and will provide real-time oversight of CDCR’s investigation of its staff.

CSP-SAC is a multi-mission institution that houses 2,658 inmates. Opened in 1986, the institution primarily houses maximum-security inmates serving long sentences and those who have proved to be management problems at other institutions.



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Contact: Sgt. L. Quinn, (916) 294-3012 or Terry Thornton, (916) 445-4950

Incident at California State Prison-Sacramento Under Control


REPRESA – California State Prison-Sacramento (CSP-SAC) quelled a riot involving an unknown number of inmates that started at 11:17 a.m. on one of the prison’s maximum-security general population yards.

In addition to the use of less-than-lethal force options to stop the riot, officers discharged rounds from the Mini 14 rifle. One inmate suffered a gunshot wound and was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

At least 10 other inmates were taken to area hospitals for treatment of stab and slash wounds.

There are no reports at this time of injuries to staff.

Updates will be provided later.

CSP-SAC is a multi-mission institution that houses 2,658 inmates.  Opened in 1986, the institution primarily houses maximum-security inmates serving long sentences and those who have proved to be management problems at other institutions.


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

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Salinas Valley State Prison Homicide Investigation Continues


SOLEDAD – Salinas Valley State Prison’s (SVSP) Investigative Services Unit with the assistance of the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office is continuing its investigation into the causes of a homicide and riot that occurred on Saturday, September 15 just after 11 a.m.

The incident started when two inmates stabbed a third inmate several times with inmate-made weapons. Thirty inmates on the maximum-security general population yard began to attack each other and a riot ensued.

The inmate who was stabbed succumbed to his wounds and was pronounced dead at 11:34 a.m. by a prison doctor. His name is being withheld pending next-of-kin notification. He was 42 years old and had been serving a life-without-parole sentence from San Bernardino County for first-degree murder, second-degree robbery, vehicle theft and grand theft since April 19, 1994.

Four inmates suffered slash injuries and puncture wounds from the riot. Two were airlifted and admitted to a hospital for treatment. A third was taken by ambulance to an area hospital for treatment and was returned to the institution the same day. The fourth was treated at the prison.  They are in good condition. A few other inmates who participated in the riot were treated at the prison for minor injuries. No employees were injured.

Correctional peace officers used pepper spray and less-than-lethal force options to quell the attacks. They recovered 13 inmate-made stabbing and slashing weapons.

SVSP investigators identified inmates Gregory Hoenshell, 32, and Barry Storey, 37, as the suspects in the homicide. Hoenshell is serving a life-without-parole sentence from the State of Oregon for first-degree murder.

Storey is serving a 44-years-to-life sentence from Sacramento County for attempted first-degree murder with the use of a firearm.
 
SVSP administrators have limited inmate movement on the facility where the incident occurred to facilitate the investigation. The Office of the Inspector General was notified about the incidents.

SVSP opened May 1996 on approximately 300 acres in Monterey County. The institution provides long-term housing for 3,530 minimum- and maximum-custody male inmates and employs 1,395 people.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 17, 2012
Contact: Lt. Michael Nilsson
(831) 678-5554

Salinas Valley State Prison Homicide Under Investigation

Soledad-- Salinas Valley State Prison (SVSP) investigators have launched a probe into the cause of a homicide incident. This morning just after 11 a.m., two inmates stabbed a third inmate several times. Other inmates on the yard began to attack each other and a riot ensued.

The inmate who was stabbed succumbed to his wounds and was pronounced dead by a prison doctor. His name is being withheld pending next-of-kin notification.

Four inmates suffered injuries. Two were airlifted to a hospital; a third was taken by ambulance to an area hospital. The fourth was treated at the prison. Their conditions are not known at this time.

SVSP administrators have limited inmate movement on the facility where the incident occurred to facilitate the investigation.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September  15, 2012
Contact: (916) 207-8085

Monday, September 17, 2012

RJDCF Awards College Degrees and Vocational/GED Certificates at Inmate Graduation

SAN DIEGO – On Wednesday, September 12, 2012, the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility (RJDCF), along with representatives from Senator Juan Vargas’ Office and the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, held graduations for 268 inmates and their families, who were invited to attend the ceremonies.

The graduates, who were awarded 10 Associate of Arts degrees, 103 GED certificates, and 155 vocational certificates, will be able to utilize their new skills while incarcerated and upon their release into the community.

After a welcoming address by Principal Kathy Balakian, Warden Daniel Paramo congratulated the Otay Mesa Adult School graduates on their success and challenged them to strive for even more personal growth and success.

“I personally know what it takes to achieve educational goals and don’t know how you overcame so many obstacles to achieve what you have within this environment; but you did,” Paramo said.  “What you’ve done is tremendous!  You proven to yourselves that you can accomplish anything you set your minds to; but don’t think this is the end.  I hope all of you will want to continue on, furthering your educational goals.”

Inmate Phillip Fry, who received a certificate for his participation in the Machine Shop, addressed the alumnae and attendees at one of the graduations with an emotional and heartfelt speech.

He expressed his gratitude to the Warden and Education Department for offering educational programs and the instructors for helping him achieve his goal.  Additionally, challenged his fellow graduates to continue their educational goals.

The mission of the Otay Mesa Adult School is to reduce recidivism by providing incarcerated students with the vocational, academic, and life skills needed to successfully re-enter society.



Lieutenant Patrick Logan September 17, 2012
CONTACT: Patrick.Logan@cdcr.ca.gov (619) 661-7802

Friday, September 14, 2012

Vendor Fair Set for California Health Care Facility in Stockton

STOCKTON – Businesses who wish to sell their products to the new California Health Care Facility (CHCF) now under construction in Stockton are invited to attend a vendor fair in that city to learn how to become certified to do business with the State of California.


The event will be held September 19 in the Bob Hope Theater, 242 East Main Street, in downtown Stockton, from 2-4 pm. The fair is co-sponsored by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), California Correctional Health Care Services, Department of General Services (DGS), the Department of State Hospitals and the City of Stockton.

“With more than 2,000 staff on the site every day, the new health care facility will have many of the same needs as a small city,” CHCF Chief Operating Officer Nate Elam said. “In addition, because we are operating a health care facility, we will have specialized needs as well.”

“We expect to spend several millions of dollars a year to operate the California Health Care Facility and would like every vendor who wants to do business with us to be prepared by attending our workshop in Stockton,” Elam said.

Representatives from the sponsoring state agencies will be on hand to explain general contracting procedures and the process for being certified as a Small Business or Veteran-owned and to explain the types of products that the 1.2 million square foot medical facility will be purchasing during the late stages of construction and after it opens.

The CHCF is expected to receive the first of 1,722 inmate patients in July, 2013 and will employ approximately 2,400 people in up to 160 professional classifications, creating a $220 million payroll that will add an estimated $1 billion a year to the local economy.

Since January, 2011, more than half of the $1 billion in construction costs for the new facility has been awarded to businesses and contractors in Stockton and the surrounding area and more than half of the 5,500 construction jobs have been filled with craftsmen from within a 50-mile radius of Stockton.

More information about the California Health Care Facility is available at http://www.chcfstockton.com/ Information about CDCR is available at www.cdcr.ca.gov

Contact: Bill Sessa (916) 445-4950







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Thursday, September 13, 2012

CDCR Honors Employees at Annual Medal of Valor Ceremony


Seventy-three praised for courage and conduct above and beyond call of duty

SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) today honored dozens of employees during its 28th annual Medal of Valor Ceremony. Seventy-three staff members from institutions, parole and various divisions received awards recognizing high levels of bravery and conduct.

“Every day at CDCR, you find many examples of courage and commitment among our employees,” said CDCR Secretary Cate. “Today, we are honoring the bravery and performance that goes well above the call of duty. I am proud to lead an organization made up of people willing to risk their own personal safety to help someone else.”

Seventeen employees received the Medal of Valor this year. Fifty-six other staff members received the Gold Star, the Silver Star, the Bronze Star and other awards.

One of the recipients of this year’s Medal of Valor, the department’s highest award, was Fire Captain Scott Long of San Quentin State Prison. He responded in the middle of the night to a call for help from two people in the water near the prison. He descended 75 feet down a steep seawall and found the two people in the water another 25 feet below, one of them at imminent risk of drowning. At great risk to himself, Capt. Long swam to the couple and rescued them.

Other Medal of Valor recipients include a parole apprehension team intervening to save the lives of their fellow agents, a High Desert State Prison officer who, despite being attacked himself, saved the life of another inmate, and a team of custody staff at Pelican Bay State Prison who bravely responded to a coordinated attack on officers by several inmates.

For the first time, CDCR added an Employee Recognition Program to the Medal of Valor presentations. Directors in each CDCR division recognized employees in their areas for outstanding work that contributed to the mission of CDCR and the State of California.

A complete list of 2012 award winners follows:

MEDAL OF VALOR

The Medal of Valor is CDCR’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.

Parole Agent Bruce Baenziger, California Parole Apprehension Team, San Diego
Parole Agent Benjamin Somera, California Parole Apprehension Team, San Diego
Parole Agent Sean Torphy, California Parole Apprehension Team, San Diego
Correctional Officer Glenn McCoy, High Desert State Prison
Fire Captain (A) Scott Long, San Quentin State Prison
Correctional Sergeant Charles “Chuck” Essex, Pelican Bay State Prison
Correctional Officer Wesley Aanrud, Pelican Bay State Prison
Correctional Officer Cecil Arispe, Pelican Bay State Prison
Correctional Officer Nathan Bourdlaies, Pelican Bay State Prison
Correctional Officer Byron Gardner, Pelican Bay State Prison
Correctional Officer Paul Hicks Jr., Pelican Bay State Prison
Correctional Officer Michael Johnson, Pelican Bay State Prison
Correctional Officer Michael Knight, Pelican Bay State Prison
Correctional Officer Clayton Maxwell, Pelican Bay State Prison
Correctional Officer Henry “Hank” Nichols, Pelican Bay State Prison
Correctional Officer Thomas Sheets, Pelican Bay State Prison
Correctional Officer Joshua Taylor, Pelican Bay 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.

Correctional Officer Armando Vera, Wasco State Prison
Correctional Officer Paul Davis, Deuel Vocational Institution


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/herself by performing in stressful situations with exceptional tactics or judgment.

Correctional Sergeant Ron Crother, Kern Valley State Prison
Correctional Officer Patrick Briggs, California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison, Corcoran
Correctional Sergeant Le’Vance “Tony” Quinn, California State Prison, Sacramento


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 Sergeant Brandon Green, California State Prison, Sacramento
Correctional Officer Jered Lawrence, Chamberlain Creek Conservation Camp
Correctional Sergeant Stephen Ledesma II, Correctional Training Facility
Office Technician Betsy Orosco, Inmate/Ward Labor Program, Region I
Parole Agent I Micheal Salvaggio, Division of Adult Parole Operations, Region IV
Chief Engineer Anthony Schumacher, California Correctional Center
Correctional Officer Moray Cross, Mule Creek State Prison
Correctional Officer Anthony Marquez, Mule Creek State Prison
Correctional Officer Jeffrey Gold, Mule Creek State Prison
Correctional Officer Armando Ayala, Mule Creek State Prison
Fire Captain James Cerini, San Quentin State Prison
Assistant Fire Chief Gerald Maresh, San Quentin State Prison
Correctional Officer Gary Legaspi, Kern Valley State Prison
Correctional Officer Tu Nguyen, Kern Valley State Prison


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.

Office Technician Linda Tucker, Folsom State Prison Youth Diversion Team


UNIT CITATION

The Unit Citation is for outstanding service to the Department.

Relief Sergeant Irma Hermosillo, California Rehabilitation Center
Correctional Officer Kennedy Holmes, California Rehabilitation Center
Registered Nurse Elizabeth Arciaga, California Rehabilitation Center
Registered Nurse Hortensia Pop, California Rehabilitation Center
Registered Nurse Karen Vuong, California Rehabilitation Center
Correctional Fire Captain Geoff Loveless, Correctional Training Facility
Correctional Fire Captain Mathew Ludwig, Correctional Training Facility
Correctional Sergeant Joseph Ranucci, Correctional Training Facility
Correctional Sergeant Bradford Miller, Correctional Training Facility
Correctional Sergeant Michael Mowery, Correctional Training Facility
Correctional Officer Greg Bowlay-Williams, Correctional Training Facility
Correctional Officer Gregory Fors, Correctional Training Facility
Correctional Officer Karen Johnson, Correctional Training Facility
Correctional Officer Vincente Morales, Correctional Training Facility
Correctional Officer Pacifico Pailma, Correctional Training Facility
Correctional Officer Marshall Ragan, Correctional Training Facility
Correctional Officer Melissa Schwartz, Correctional Training Facility
Correctional Officer Chris Whitman, Correctional Training Facility
Correctional Counselor III Stan Norman, Folsom State Prison Youth Diversion Team
Correctional Counselor I Diana Viale, Folsom State Prison Youth Diversion Team
Correctional Sergeant Carl Kropp, Folsom State Prison Youth Diversion Team
Correctional Officer Chris Fallon, Folsom State Prison Youth Diversion Team
Correctional Officer Michael Koeth, Folsom State Prison Youth Diversion Team
Correctional Officer Kenneth Mack, Folsom State Prison Youth Diversion Team
Correctional Officer Michael Peet, Folsom State Prison Youth Diversion Team
Correctional Officer Hugh Reed Jr., (Posthumously) Folsom State Prison Youth Diversion Team
Associate Governmental Program Analyst Catalina Diaz, Folsom State Prison Youth Diversion Team
Office Technician Linda Tucker, Folsom State Prison Youth Diversion Team


EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION

CORRECTIONAL SUPERVISOR OF THE YEAR

Correctional Lieutenant Darren Chamberlain, Correctional Training Facility


CORRECTIONAL OFFICER OF THE YEAR

Correctional Officer Donald Heuser, High Desert State Prison


EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR

Superintendent Erin Brock, Northern California Youth Correctional Center


MEDICAL/DENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR

Dr. Ananda R. Murthy, DDS, Region IV Headquarters


REHABILITATION PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR

Vocational Instructor (Welding) Clayton Dynes, Avenal State Prison


ADMINISTRATOR OF THE YEAR

Chief Jay Atkinson, Offender Information Services Branch, Office of Research


DIVISION OF JUVENILE JUSTICE OFFICER OF THE YEAR

Senior Youth Correctional Counselor Ray Knight, N.A. Chaderjian Youth Correctional Facility


DIVISION OF ADULT PAROLE OPERATIONS STAFF MEMBER OF THE YEAR

Parole Administrator I Lori Macias-Price, Division of Adult Parole Operations, Headquarters


SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD

Parole Agent III Keri Berkler, Board of Parole Hearings

NOTE: A video, and photo galleries of the September 13 Medal of Valor ceremony can be viewed on the Inside CDCR News site.

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

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Small Business Certification Workshop

SACRAMENTO -- The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and the Department of General Services (DGS), State Senator Lois Wolk, Assemblymember Mariko Yamada and local agencies have partnered to develop a series of workshops throughout California to help Small Businesses (SB), Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises (DVBE), and non-profit agencies learn about local government contracting opportunities. By attending this workshop, SB/DVBE businesses will receive resources for state licensing and certification, receive information about how to compete for state and other local county purchases or contracts, participate in a panel session to ask questions about economic development, learn how to compete for future business opportunities. The event will include networking opportunities with local government and public agencies.

Businesses in the northern California region are invited to attend the Small Business Certification Workshop in Sacramento on September 7. Details for the event are as follows:

Small Business Certification Workshop 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, September 7, 2012
Department of General Services Ziggurat Building 707 3rd Street West Sacramento, California

To learn more about this and future workshops, or to register for any of the events, please visit our website at http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/sbcw/index.html. ###