Thursday, January 31, 2013

Condemned Inmate James Karis Death

SAN QUENTIN – Condemned inmate James Leslie Karis, 61, who was on California’s death row from Sacramento County, was found unresponsive in his cell this morning at San Quentin State Prison.  Subsequently, he was pronounced dead at the prison on January 31, 2013, at 6:40 a.m.  The cause of death is unknown pending the results of an autopsy.  Karis was single-celled.

Karis was sentenced to death on September 17, 1982, by a Sacramento County jury for the July 8, 1981, rape and murder of Peggy Pennington, 34, and the attempted murder of Patty Vander Dussen, 27. Karis had abducted them during their daily walk around the block of the El Dorado County Welfare Department where both women were employed. Karis had been on death row since September 20, 1982.


Since 1978 when California reinstated capital punishment, 57 condemned inmates have died from natural causes, 21 have committed suicide, 13 have been executed in California, one was executed in Missouri; and six have died from other causes. There are 729 offenders on California’s death row.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JANUARY 31, 2013
CONTACT: LT. SAM ROBINSON
(415) 455-5008

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Inmate Death at Corcoran State Prison Under Investigation

CORCORAN – Investigators at California State Prison-Corcoran (CSP-Corcoran) and the Kings County District Attorney’s Office are investigating the death of inmate Delbert Miller, 69, as a homicide.  This morning, inmate Miller was found unresponsive in his cell. He was pronounced dead on January 24, 2013 at 9:55 a.m.

Inmate Miller was serving an 81-years-to-life sentence for first-degree murder from Humboldt County since May 30, 2008. Inmate Miller had a prior 1988 conviction from Humboldt County of rape and forced oral copulation of child. He had been housed at CSP-Corcoran since last July.

The inmate’s cellmate, Kyle Alexander Osborn, has been identified as the suspect and was re-housed in the Administrative Segregation Unit.

Osborn, 20, was admitted to state prison from San Bernardino County on June 9, 2009 with a 26-year, six-month sentence for lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 14 with force and violence, penetration with force against a victim’s will, first-degree burglary and first-degree robbery.

The Kings County Coroner will perform an autopsy.

The Office of Inspector General’s Bureau of Independent Review was notified.

CSP-Corcoran opened in 1988 and houses 4,595 minimum-, medium-, maximum- and high-security custody inmates. The Kings County prison offers academic classes and vocational programs as well as community programs and work crews. The prison employs approximately 2,300 people.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Anthony Baer (559) 992-6104

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Inmate Death at High Desert State Prison Under Investigation

Inmate dies after assault by his cellmate

Susanville – Officials with the Investigative Services Unit at High Desert State Prison (HDSP), the Lassen County District Attorney’s Office, the Susanville Police Department and the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the January 23 death of an inmate as a homicide.

This morning at approximately 7:20 a.m., a 48 year-old HDSP inmate was found unresponsive in his cell.  He was pronounced dead at 7:53 a.m. The name of the deceased inmate is being withheld pending next-of-kin notification.

The deceased inmate was admitted from Los Angeles County on September 8, 2011 with a 22-year sentence for assault with a deadly weapon.

The cellmate, 41, was retained in the Administrative Segregation Unit pending investigation into the incident. He was admitted from Los Angeles County on July 14, 2010 with a 28-year sentence for penetration with force against the victim’s will, assault with a deadly weapon and rape.

The Office of Inspector General’s Bureau of Independent Review was notified.

High Desert State Prison located in Lassen County opened in 1995 and houses 3,482 minimum-, medium-, and maximum-custody Inmates. The institution provides academic classes and vocational instruction and employs approximately 1,275 people.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JANUARY 23, 2012
CONTACT:  NICK ALBONICO
530) 251-5100, EXT. 5501




Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Inmate death at Calipatria state prison under investigation

Inmate held in suspicion of murdering cellmate

CALIPATRIA – Investigators with Calipatria State Prison (CAL) and the Imperial County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the January 21 death of a 30-year-old inmate as a homicide. He was pronounced dead at 7:40 a.m. after an attack from his cellmate.

The deceased inmate, whose name is being withheld pending next-of-kin notifications, was committed from Los Angeles County on May 30, 2006 with a sentence of 68-years, 4-months to life for three counts of second-degree robbery and possession of a firearm by an ex-felon.

The deceased inmate’s cellmate has been identified at the suspect in this case and was housed in the prison’s Administrative Segregation Unit pending the investigation. The suspect, 30, was committed from Los Angeles County on September 12, 2008 with a 40-year sentence for second-degree murder.

Prison officials notified the Imperial County District Attorney’s Office and the Office of the Inspector General’s Bureau of Independent Review.

CAL opened in 1992, houses approximately 3,400 minimum- and maximum-custody inmates and employs approximately 1,260 people. The Imperial County prison provides vocational and academic education programs and work programs. Additionally, a portion of the prison is designated for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to house those inmates with active immigration holds who are within 30 to 45 days of their scheduled release dates.


For immediate release
January 22, 2013                   
Contact: Lt. Jorge Santana
(760) 348- 6002

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

CDCR Opens 403-bed Folsom Women’s Facility as Last Female Inmate at Valley State Prison Moves Out

First female inmates expected at Folsom facility next week

SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) announced today that the last female inmate has been moved out of Valley State Prison (VSP) in Chowchilla, formerly known as Valley State Prison for Women, completing its transformation into an all-male institution.

Also today, CDCR formally opened a new 403-bed Folsom Women’s Facility (FWF) to house low-risk female inmates after converting a former substance abuse treatment facility for parole violators.  The women’s facility, adjacent to Folsom State Prison and California State Prison-Sacramento, is expected to receive its first inmates next week but will not reach its full population until spring, 2013.

“The Folsom Women’s Facility represents modern thinking about how to help female inmates turn their lives around by providing programming designed specifically to help women prepare to re-enter society and make the transition from an inmate to being a constructive citizen,” CDCR Undersecretary Terri McDonald said.  “This demonstrates CDCR’s commitment to rehabilitate while making efficient use of existing facilities.”

Since October 2012, CDCR has been transitioning females out of the 1,980-bed VSP while moving low-security male inmates into the institution. Male and female inmates were separated during the entire transition.

The FWF will offer rehabilitative and educational programming to help female inmates avoid the revolving door of incarceration. Programs include adult basic education, anger management, family reunification, substance abuse and computer literacy.

The Valley State Prison conversion began after the number of female inmates was reduced by 3,346 (36 percent) since October 2011, when low level offenders began serving sentences in county jails instead of state prison, as required by the 2011 Public Safety Realignment Act.  Generally, a higher percentage of females are convicted of crimes categorized by the Penal Code as “non-serious”, “non-violent” or “non sexual.” 

CDCR currently houses 5,833 female inmates at the Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla and the California Institution for Women in Chino, and 113,359 males in 31 institutions.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JANUARY 16, 2013
CONTACT: BILL SESSA
(916) 445-4950





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Monday, January 14, 2013

Inmate death at Corcoran state prison under investigation

Corcoran – Investigators at California State Prison-Corcoran (CSP-Corcoran) and the Kings County District Attorney’s Office are investigating the suspicious death of inmate Paul Roger Jackson, 36.  Inmate Jackson was pronounced deceased on January 12, 2013, at 4:40 p.m.

Inmate Jackson was serving a 58-year sentence from San Diego County since
August 28, 1997 for carjacking with the use of a firearm.  On January 4, 1999, Jackson also began serving a 26-year, eight-month sentence from San Diego County for second-degree robbery.  .  He had been housed at CSP-Corcoran since November 13, 2012.

The cause of death has not yet been determined.  The Kings County Coroner will perform an autopsy. The Office of the Inspector General has been notified.

CSP-Corcoran opened in 1988 and houses nearly 5,800 minimum-, medium-, maximum- and high-security custody inmates.  The Kings County prison offers academic classes and vocational programs as well as community programs and work crews.  The prison employs approximately 2,300 people.


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For immediate release
January 14, 2012
Contact:  Anthony Baer

(559) 992-6104

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Inmate death at Wasco state prison – reception center under investigation

Wasco – The Investigative Services Unit at Wasco State Prison-Reception Center (WSP-RC) and investigators from the Kern County District Attorney’s Office are investigating an inmate homicide that occurred on Facility B within the reception center at WSP-RC.

On January 2, 2013, at about 1144 hours Inmate Brian J. Tansey was attacked by two inmates at Wasco State Prison-Reception Center. Responding staff immediately stopped the attack and began life saving procedures before the inmate was transferred to Delano Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased at 1249 hours.


Tansey was received at WSP-RC on November 7, 2012, for the commitment offense of receiving stolen property. Tansey was serving a 2 year 8 month sentence from Orange County.
The alleged suspects in the case are identified as Shawn C. Roundtree, who was received from Riverside County on November 27, 2012, with an 18 month sentence for possession of a firearm by ex-felon. Also identified is Charles A. Dulyea who was received from Orange County on December 5, 2012, with a 2 year sentence for possession of a controlled substance.


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


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, houses approximately 6,000 inmates, and employs approximately 1,700 people.


For immediate release
January 2, 2013 

Contact: Lt. R. Mazuka
(661) 758-8400 ext. 5013


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