Wednesday, October 31, 2012

State Prison Escapee Recaptured


SACRAMENTO – California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) special agents today announced the arrest of Carolyn Macy in Fairfax, Virginia, 12 years after she had escaped from detention in Los Angeles.

“I commend our special agent for investigating this case with tenacity and commitment,” Office of Correctional Safety Chief Anthony Chaus said. “We never stop looking for an escapee and are committed to apprehending them no matter what.”

Macy, who has a criminal history consisting of various theft-related crimes and identity theft, was sent to state prison from Santa Clara County on May 25, 1999 with a three-year sentence for grand theft of an employer exceeding $400 and defrauding with the use of an access card. Prior to her scheduled parole date, Macy was transferred to the Central City Community Center in Los Angeles on January 7, 2000. On February 2, 2000, she escaped from CDCR custody.

Recently, a CDCR special agent assisted by a parole agent developed several new leads and then located Macy in Fairfax, Virginia. Working with the Fairfax County Sheriff and the Loudoun County Sheriff in Virginia, the agent conducted further investigations that ultimately led to Macy’s arrest.

Officers with the Fairfax and Loudoun county sheriff’s departments took Macy into custody on Friday, October 26. Virginia authorities also said Macy was still involved in identity theft and may also file additional criminal charges.

The Office of Correctional Safety handles all major adult and juvenile law enforcement, investigative, security and intelligence functions for CDCR. This includes critical incident response, apprehending fugitive parolees and escaped inmates and conducting complex investigations and surveillances involving inmates and parolees suspected of major crime or organized gang activity.

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




Monday, October 29, 2012

New Report Shows Recidivism Rate Continues to Decline

Recidivism rate is 63.7 percent, down from 65.1 the year before

SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) today released the 2012 Outcome Evaluation Report, the third in a series of annual reports tracking the recidivism rates of adult offenders released from state prison.  The report shows that recidivism rates have declined for the second straight year.

The focus of the 2012 report are the inmates released from CDCR during fiscal year 2007-08, a pivotal year when CDCR began using risk and needs assessments to better rehabilitate and supervise its offender population.  These inmates had a 63.7 percent three-year recidivism rate, down from 65.1 percent the year before.  They also committed 1,450 fewer crimes than those released the year before, despite being a larger group of inmates.

“We’re pleased to see that recidivism rates are improving and that the reforms we undertook in 2007 and 2008 are working,” CDCR Secretary Matthew Cate said.

In 2007 CDCR began using the Correctional Offender Management Profiling for Alternative Sanctions (COMPAS) and the next year began using the California Static Risk Assessment (CSRA) and the Parole Violation Decision Making Instrument (PVDMI).

COMPAS is a research-based risk and needs assessment tool used by CDCR in the placement, supervision and case management of offenders. It helps CDCR staff assign the right inmates to the right programs at the right time based on individual risk and needs assessments, reducing the likelihood of reoffending. All inmates are assessed using COMPAS before their release from prison. The report finds that, of those inmates with a substance abuse need as identified by COMPAS, those who receive in-prison substance abuse treatment and aftercare recidivate at less than half the rate of those who receive neither (30.7 percent compared to 62.7 percent, respectively).

CDCR partnered with the University of California, Irvine, to create a validated risk assessment tool to inform decision-making for parolees. The CSRA is a 22-item actuarial risk prediction instrument that predicts the likelihood to recidivate and moved CDCR from the use of an offense-based system.  The report finds that the CSRA performs well at predicting the risk for recidivism.

The PVDMI, launched statewide in November 2008, assesses a parolee’s risk for recidivism as calculated by the CSRA and the severity of the parole violation, based on a severity index, to determine a consistent and appropriate response to the violation.  Since the implementation of the PVDMI, fewer parolees have been returned to prison.

The report also contains a new section on the Prison University Project at San Quentin State Prison, a college program that began in 1996. Inmates who graduated from the program had a very low rate of recidivism after one year out of prison, as compared to a matched comparison group of similar inmates (5.4 percent compared to 21.2 percent, respectively).

In fiscal year 2007-08, 116,015 people were released or re-released from state prison. The in-depth 2012 report focuses on the 73,885 inmates who returned to prison within three years of release. It also looks at demographics, including gender, age, ethnicity, sentence, length of stay, mental health status, and other factors.

CDCR measures recidivism by arrests, convictions and returns to prison and uses the latter measure – returns to prison – as its primary measure of recidivism. CDCR’s return-to-prison measure includes offenders released from prison after having served their sentence for a crime as well as offenders released from prison after having served their term for a parole violation.

Future reports will monitor how the implementation of realignment legislation impacts recidivism.

The 2012 Outcome Evaluation Report is published by CDCR’s Office of Research, which provides research data analysis and evaluation to implement evidence-based programs and practices, strengthen policy, inform management decisions and ensure accountability.

To view the entire report, please visit 

http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/Adult_Research_Branch/Research_Documents/ARB_FY_0708_Recidivism_Report_10.23.12.pdf


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 29, 2012
CONTACT:  Terry Thornton
(916) 445-4950
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Friday, October 26, 2012

CDCR Reclaims Key Prison Health Care Functions from Receiver

Health care access and facility activation returning to State control; provision of care will follow

SACRAMENTO – After six years of working with a federal Receiver to rebuild thestate’s prison health care system, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is now reclaiming responsibility for health care access and building and running new facilities.

“Our department has worked closely with the Receiver’s Office to bring prison medical care into compliance with the U.S. Constitution, and we are ready to assume full management and control of prison health care in the months to come,” said CDCR Secretary Matthew Cate. “Today’s agreements are an important step toward ending the costly class-action lawsuit that led to federal control of prison health care.”

Today’s agreements return two important health care responsibilities to CDCR. First, the department will now run the health care access units that ensure care is available to inmates. Second, CDCR will also run all new and remodeled health care facilities, including the new center in Stockton. The next step is for CDCR and the Receiver to continue working to delegate the remaining healthcare functions back to the State including the provision of care.

California’s prison health care system has continued to improve in recent years. Some of these improvements include: redesigned primary care at all 33 adult institutions, gains in the number and quality of health care staff, new quality control procedures, and better use of technology including electronic health records. California has also launched multiple construction and renovation projects including a new, 1,722-bed facility in Stockton.

A string of class-action lawsuits dating back to 1990 resulted in varying levels of federal oversight of health care in California prisons. In 2006, Judge Thelton E. Henderson appointed a federal Receiver with full authority over prison medical care. Since then California has made significant improvements. In August 2012, an ongoing class-action lawsuit over dental care, Perez v. Cate, was dismissed by the federal court. In September 2012, the court ordered a process to end the federal receivership and return management and day-to-day control over medical services to the State.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 26, 2012    Contact: JEFFREY CALLISON
(916) 445-4950

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

CDCR Urges Parents to Use “Operation Boo” Halloween Safety Guide

                        (Media ride-along registration deadline is today, October 23.)


Sacramento – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s Division of Adult Parole Operations – aided by law enforcement partners statewide – is preparing to conduct the 19th annual Halloween children’s safety project, “Operation Boo.”

This year, it features CDCR’s online parent empowerment brochure.  Beginning today, the media is invited to partner with CDCR in spreading the word about how parents and guardians can help keep kids safe by using this online resource.  The Operation Boo Parent Patrol Online Guide gives suggestions for non-threatening ways to teach children how to spot and avoid potential sexual predators. The brochure also offers links to help parents pin point sex offender residences and avoid those homes while plotting their children’s trick-or-treat paths.

The Tradition


CDCR has been conducting and expanding the Operation Boo Project since 1994.  Operation Boo is held throughout California on Halloween night. State-supervised sex offenders* are monitored closely to ensure that they don’t attempt to attract children to their homes.  The special conditions of parole imposed on sex offenders for Halloween night include:


o    A 5 p.m.-to-5 a.m. curfew during which parolees must remain indoors;
o    No exterior lights may be on at their homes (to discourage children from approaching);
o    No offering of Halloween candy and no Halloween decorations;
o    Sex-offender parolees can open the door only to respond to law enforcement, such as  parole agents checking compliance. 


*There are almost 92,000 sex offenders in California. CDCR is responsible for supervising about 10,395 or 11 percent of them. For more information, please visit:  http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/Parole/Sex Offender_Facts/index.html

BOO 2012   

              
In addition to the traditional compliance checks, Operation Boo will include two features added statewide last year.

•    Parent Empowerment:  Since only a small percent of sex offenders are under CDCR supervision so parental empowerment is key to protecting California children from sexual predators year round.  That’s why CDCR  is again promoting a free downloadable brochure with helpful information and links for parents including:

o    How to share a fun and non-threatening Halloween activity with their children to allow discussion of dangerous behavior in adults.

o    Tips by well known organizations and experts for discussing personal safety for children.

o    Internet links to help survey the community and learn where sex offenders may live so parents and children can steer clear and report any illegal activity observed.

o    Operation Boo Parent Patrol badges for Halloween night to send a message to predators that they’re being watched, and to let everyone on the trick-or-treat trail know that parent awareness is key to keeping children safe.

    The Operation Boo Information Guide for Parents is available here:
     http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/Parole/_pdf/Operation-Boo-Parents-Guide.pdf

•    Halloween Night Transient Sex Offender Monitoring:  Since a significant number of sex offenders are homeless, special reporting centers will be set up in parole regions in areas where such offenders typically congregate.  Transient sex offenders will be ordered to report to a center to spend the curfew under supervision.  The centers will be part of the Halloween night media tours.  Per a prior news advisory, the deadline for media registration is today, October 23, (availabilities are limited and vary by region). For more information click here: http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/News/operation-boo-media-component.html)



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 23, 2012
CONTACT:  Luis Patino
(916) 445-4950

 



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Monday, October 22, 2012

Centinela State Prison Correctional Officers Recovering from Inmate Assault

IMPERIAL – Three correctional officers are recovering from injuries they suffered from an attack by a Centinela State Prison inmate last Friday.

On October 19 just after six p.m., two officers were conducting security checks in a medium-custody housing unit and encountered two inmates suspected of being under the influence of alcohol. One of them had a contraband cell phone.

One of the inmates complied with the officers’ orders to exit the cell and submit to handcuffs, but the inmate with the contraband cell phone punched one officer and resisted efforts to surrender the contraband.

Three officers were injured and taken to area hospitals for treatment. One officer suffered a cut finger. The officer who was punched also suffered a knee injury. A third officer suffered a head injury. He was treated at a local hospital and airlifted to a San Diego medical center for additional treatment.

All three officers are home recovering.

No inmates were injured. The facility where the attack occurred is on modified program, meaning inmate access to normal programs is limited to facilitate the investigation into the incident.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OCTOBER 22, 2012    

CONTACT:  LT. JAMES HILL 
(760) 337-7900 X7601

Solar Power Ramped Up at Four California Prisons

Discounted power saves tax dollars, curbs greenhouse emissions

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) today announced that solar energy fields that generate electrical power for four of its prisons are now running at full capacity, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions and saving $45 million in energy costs over the next 20 years.

“These solar fields benefit the environment and show a responsible stewardship of taxpayer dollars,” CDCR Secretary Matthew Cate said. “These solar fields will prevent a billion pounds of greenhouse gases from being emitted to the air and make the prisons less reliant on power generated by natural gas and nuclear sources.” A dedication ceremony was held today at North Kern State Prison, one of the institutions powered by solar energy.

Approximately 56,000 solar panels, which generate 14 megawatts of power, were constructed adjacent to the four prisons at no cost to taxpayers by Sun Edison Corp.  In return, CDCR purchases the electrical power from Sun Edison at discounted rates, which results in reduced energy costs. (14 megawatts of power is roughly equivalent to the energy required to power at least 45,000 homes.)

In addition to North Kern State Prison in Delano, solar fields are generating power for Chuckawalla Valley and Ironwood state prisons in Blythe and the California Correctional Institution in Tehachapi.  A fifth field of photovoltaic panels are currently under construction at California State Prison, Los Angeles in Lancaster and an expansion of the Tehachapi field will add approximately 3.3 megawatts of power by early 2013.

The State of California also has awarded contracts to Sun Edison to construct an additional 20 megawatts of solar capacity at other prisons in Northern California.  Those sites are still being evaluated and have the potential to reduce CDCR’s electrical costs by an additional $45 million over 20 years.

The solar fields are part of CDCR’s “Going Green Initiative” which includes recycling and water conservation projects that improve energy efficiency in all 33 prisons by reducing electricity and natural gas use. All of the energy saving projects are paid for without the use of state general fund tax dollars and are financed with low- or no-interest loans, such as those from Federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding.  


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 22, 2012                                  
CONTACT: Bill Sessa  (916) 445-4950
George Becerra (661) 721-2345

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Homicide at California State Prison-Sacramento Under Investigation

Inmate held in suspicion of murdering cellmate

REPRESA – California State Prison-Sacramento’s Investigative Services Unit is investigating the October 17 death of a 51-year-old inmate as a homicide.

Correctional officers found an inmate unresponsive in his cell just after 9 p.m. during count. The inmate, whose name is being withheld pending next-of-kin notifications, was pronounced dead at 9:23 p.m. He had been in prison since December 10, 2001 and was serving a 25-year-to-life sentence from Contra Costa County for assault with the intent to commit a specific sex act.

The deceased inmate’s cellmate has been identified as the suspect in this case and has been housed in the prison’s Administrative Segregation Unit pending the investigation.  The suspect, 46, has been in state prison since November 9, 1986, and is serving a 17-year-to-life sentence from Alameda County for second-degree murder.

California State Prison-Sacramento is a multi-mission institution that houses approximately 2,600 inmates and employs more than 1,700 staff.  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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 18, 2012
Contact: Levance Quinn
(916) 294-3012

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Inmate Death at Correctional Training Facility Being Investigated as Homicide

SOLEDAD– Investigators at Correctional Training Facility (CTF) in Soledad and the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office are investigating the death of an inmate after a recent autopsy report concluded the death was a homicide.

Inmate Rick Stockton, 52, was pronounced dead on Sunday, October 7, at an outside hospital where he was transported after being found unresponsive in a restroom.

Inmate Stockton was received by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on August 4, 1999 from El Dorado County to serve a 25-year-to-life term for vehicle theft, possession of a deadly weapon, grand theft, robbery, and forgery.

The Office of the Inspector General has been notified.

The primary mission of CTF is to provide housing, programs and services for medium custody inmates. CTF opened in 1946; covers 680 acres, and is a three-facility complex, each function’s independently, however when required each facility supports each other.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 11, 2012
Contact: Jenee Deitcher
(831) 678-5952

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Disturbance at Ironwood State Prison Under Investigation

Riot involved 461 inmates; four inmates still hospitalized

BLYTHE – Ironwood State Prison (ISP) administrators are continuing their investigation into a riot that occurred on October 6 and involved 461 inmates.

On Saturday, October 6 at about 1:50 p.m., hundreds of inmates started fighting on a medium-security yard. The fighting spread into the dayrooms of two other housing units.

Correctional officers used pepper spray, batons, baton rounds, direct impact rounds and one warning shot from the Mini 14 rifle to stop the fights.  Staff from Chuckawalla Valley State Prison, located next to ISP, also responded.

Seven inmates were seriously injured and taken to area hospitals.  Three were treated and returned to the prison; four are still hospitalized. One of the four inmates suffered stab wounds. The other three are being treated for swelling to the head, fluid in the lungs, and damage to an ear requiring surgery.

Approximately 100 inmates were treated at the prison for minor bruises and scratches.

One officer was injured when an inmate threw a rock, hitting his leg. He was treated at a local hospital and released.

Staff recovered two inmate-made weapons.

The prison is on modified program, which means inmate movement and programming is limited to facilitate the investigation.

The entire institution has restricted inmate movement to facilitate the investigation.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 9, 2012
Contact: Lt. Willie Hawkins
(760) 921-4382