Thursday, October 31, 2013

Juvenile Offenders Donate To Stockton Victims Group

Funds will help San Joaquin County Victim Witness Program

SACRAMENTO – Juvenile offenders from the N.A. Chaderjian Youth Correctional Facility in Stockton have donated 20 percent of their earnings from a work project inside the institution to support a San Joaquin County victim assistance program.

The youth presented a check for $8,235 to the District Attorney’s Victim Witness Program during a late afternoon ceremony yesterday at the facility, the second time in recent years that the program has been chosen by the youth.  The program assists victims and witnesses during crime investigations and court proceedings and helps them to file claims for compensation under the California Victim Compensation Program.  It provided help to 5,198 crime victims last year.

“Donations like this give us extra money to help crime victims with needs that aren’t covered by our grant funds, which have specific, dedicated purposes,” said Gabriela Jaurequi, Program Coordinator.  That can include such expenses as rent, utility bills, transportation costs, and other everyday expenses that squeeze the budgets of crime victims.
  
The youth, all of them high school graduates, earned the funds working for Merit Corporation, a private company that recycles computer equipment in a partnership with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the California Prison Industry Authority.

"This program teaches youth many skills to help them be successful when they return to their families and communities,” explained Michael Minor, director of the Division of Juvenile Justice.  “They learn responsibility and interpersonal techniques that enable them to work with others, as well as life skills, such as financial planning, resume preparation and goal setting.

“Supporting victim organizations teaches these youth the most important lesson of all, which is compassion for the people who were affected by their crimes,” said Minor.  “That sensitivity toward others is a key to living a constructive life in the community."

In addition to supporting victim groups, a second portion of the youths’ earnings is used to pay for room and board and a third portion is deposited in a savings account that is accessible to the youth when they leave the institution. 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OCTOBER 31, 2013                                                                                        
CONTACT: BILL SESSA
916) 445-4950

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Juvenile Offenders Donate To Stockton Victims Group

Funds will help San Joaquin County Victim Witness Program

SACRAMENTO – Juvenile offenders from the N.A. Chaderjian Youth Correctional Facility in Stockton have donated 20 percent of their earnings from a work project inside the institution to support a San Joaquin County victim assistance program.

The youth presented a check for $8,235 to the District Attorney’s Victim Witness Program during a late afternoon ceremony yesterday at the facility, the second time in recent years that the program has been chosen by the youth.  The program assists victims and witnesses during crime investigations and court proceedings and helps them to file claims for compensation under the California Victim Compensation Program.  It provided help to 5,198 crime victims last year.

“Donations like this give us extra money to help crime victims with needs that aren’t covered by our grant funds, which have specific, dedicated purposes,” said Gabriela Jaurequi, Program Coordinator.  That can include such expenses as rent, utility bills, transportation costs, and other everyday expenses that squeeze the budgets of crime victims.  

The youth, all of them high school graduates, earned the funds working for Merit Corporation, a private company that recycles computer equipment in a partnership with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the California Prison Industry Authority.

"This program teaches youth many skills to help them be successful when they return to their families and communities,” explained Michael Minor, director of the Division of Juvenile Justice.  “They learn responsibility and interpersonal techniques that enable them to work with others, as well as life skills, such as financial planning, resume preparation and goal setting.

“Supporting victim organizations teaches these youth the most important lesson of all, which is compassion for the people who were affected by their crimes,” said Minor.  “That sensitivity toward others is a key to living a constructive life in the community."

In addition to supporting victim groups, a second portion of the youths’ earnings is used to pay for room and board and a third portion is deposited in a savings account that is accessible to the youth when they leave the institution. 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OCTOBER 31, 2013
CONTACT: BILL SESSA
(916) 445-4950

Friday, October 25, 2013

CDCR Signs Contract with San Diego County to Allow County Offenders to Participate in State Fire Camps

Housing county offenders in fire camps will provide additional beds for the county and bolster the state’s firefighting force

SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and San Diego County finalized a contract earlier this month that will allow the county to house some of its inmates in the state’s fire camps.

“This agreement with San Diego County is a win for everyone,” CDCR Secretary Jeff Beard said. “Housing county offenders in conservation camps will provide additional space to the county, contribute to the state’s trained firefighting workforce, protect public safety and provide rehabilitation.”

Up to 100 San Diego County offenders will join the approximately 4,000 other inmates participating in CDCR’s Conservation Camp program. Since 1946, able-bodied inmates in the program have helped with fire suppression and other emergencies, such as floods and earthquakes. Only low-level offenders, both male and female, may participate.

According to the contract, San Diego County will pay the state $46.19 per inmate per day, which covers housing and supervision costs by CDCR as well as the costs of training by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention (CAL FIRE).
CDCR jointly manages 39 adult and juvenile camps with CAL FIRE and five adult camps with the Los Angeles County Fire Department. In an average year, the fire crews provide more than 2.5 million hours of emergency response work and save taxpayers more than $100 million annually. The crews are available year-round and respond to wildfires, floods, heavy snows, search and rescue operations, earthquakes and other emergencies.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OCTOBER 25, 2013
CONTACT: JONATHAN PARSLEY
(916) 445-4950


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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

California State Prison-Corcoran Officer Attacked by a SHU Inmate

Three other correctional officers also injured in attack

CORCORAN – A California State Prison-Corcoran (CSP-Corcoran) correctional officer was stabbed by an inmate this afternoon.

The incident happened at 3:22 p.m. as officers were escorting inmates from the small management yards to their Security Housing Unit (SHU) cells. Inmate Dan Felix, 35, used a handmade handcuff key to break free from his cuffs. Using an inmate-made weapon, he stabbed a correctional officer several times in his neck, head and shoulder.

Officers responded to the scene. One responding officer was kicked by inmate Steven Rivera, 25. Two other officers incurred injuries to their wrists, backs and knees when they responded to gain control of the combatants.

The first officer was airlifted to a hospital for treatment of several puncture wounds. He is in good condition. The other three officers were also taken to a hospital for treatment.

The prison’s Investigative Services Unit is investigating this incident.

Inmate Felix was admitted from Los Angeles County on April 3, 1997. He is serving life with the possibility of parole for attempted murder.

Inmate Rivera was admitted from Los Angeles County on November 5, 2010. He is serving life without parole for two counts of first-degree murder.

CSP-Corcoran opened in 1988 and houses 4,379 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
OCTOBER 22, 2013
CONTACT:  ANTHONY BAER
(559) 992-6104


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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

High Desert State Prison Sergeant Injured from Inmate Attack

SUSANVILLE – A High Desert State Prison (HDSP) sergeant is recovering from injuries suffered during an unprovoked attack by an inmate Monday night.

The assault occurred on October 14 at 6 p.m. after staff completed a clothed body search of inmate Bernard L. Wildee. Staff found contraband and ordered the inmate to submit to handcuffs. Instead, inmate Wildee repeatedly struck a correctional sergeant in his face and head.

Responding staff used physical force to subdue inmate Wildee.

Two HDSP custody staff members were taken to a local hospital for treatment.

The sergeant, a nearly 17-year veteran of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), suffered a concussion, three lacerations to his right eye and bruises to his face. He is at home recovering.

A correctional officer, a five and a half-year veteran of CDCR, was also taken to a hospital and treated for minor injuries to his right knee and right hand incurred while using physical force to stop inmate Wildee’s attack. He has returned to work.

Inmate Wildee, 39, was received from Sacramento County on September 12, 2005 with a 26-years-to-life sentence for being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm, his third strike. Wildee served a prior commitment from Sacramento County for voluntary manslaughter and assault with a deadly weapon and a 1995 conviction from Solano County for battery on a peace officer.

Inmate Wildee was transferred to the Administrative Segregation Unit at California Correctional Center in Susanville pending investigation.

The incident is being investigated by the prison’s Investigative Services Unit and will be referred to the Lassen County District Attorney’s Office.

High Desert State Prison located in Lassen County opened in 1995 and houses 3,343 minimum-, medium-, and maximum-security Inmates. The institution provides academic classes and vocational instruction and employs approximately 1,210 people.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OCTOBER 16, 2013
CONTACT: LT. GREGORY CROWE
(530) 251-5100 EXT. 5501

Monday, October 14, 2013

Two Calipatria State Prison Correctional Officers Recovering from Inmate Assault

CALIPATRIA – Two correctional officers are being treated for injuries they suffered from an attack by a Calipatria State Prison inmate Sunday.

On October 13 at 9:45 a.m., a correctional officer approached inmate Anthony J. Martin to escort him to a program office to speak to a sergeant. The inmate turned and unexpectedly punched the officer in his face, knocking him to the ground.

Inmate Martin then picked up a metal chair and was standing over the officer on the ground. A second officer came to the aid of the first officer and fended off the inmate’s attack. Inmate Martin threw the metal chair at the responding officer.

Inmate Martin was subdued by responding staff and subsequently re-housed in the Administrative Segregation Unit pending investigation into the incident.

The officers were taken to an area hospital and treated for their injuries.

The first officer, a 20-year veteran of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), suffered a split upper lip and broken teeth. Some of his teeth are lodged in his upper palate. He will need to undergo specialized surgery and is at home recovering.

The second officer, a 22-year veteran of CDCR, suffered bruising to his arms and legs caused when the inmate threw the metal chair at him. He is at home recovering as well.

Martin was committed to CDCR on July 22, 1999, from San Diego County with an 11-year sentence for assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer. He suffered injuries to his right fist and was treated at the prison.

The incident is being investigated by the prison’s Investigative Services Unit and will be referred to the Imperial County District Attorney’s Office.

Facility D, where the incident occurred, is under a modified program that limits inmate movement to absolutely necessary travel such as trips to the infirmary, law library and the showers as prison officials investigate the cause of the attack.

The prison opened in 1992 and houses 3,707 inmates, 1,700 of whom are serving life and 594 serving life without the possibility of parole. There are 1,280 people employed at the prison.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 14, 2013
CONTACT: Lt. Everardo Silva
(760) 604-1618

Friday, October 11, 2013

Inmate Death at California State Prison-Corcoran Investigated as a Homicide

CORCORAN – Investigators at California State Prison-Corcoran (CSP-Corcoran) and the Kings County District Attorney’s Office are investigating the death of a 48-year-old inmate as a homicide.  Today at 12:36 p.m., staff found the inmate unresponsive in his Security Housing Unit cell. He was pronounced dead at 1:02 p.m.

The deceased inmate, admitted from Alameda County on October 24, 2011, was serving a 17-year sentence for first-degree burglary with priors. His name is being withheld pending next-of-kin notification.

The inmate’s cellmate, Tyrone Robinson, 49, has been identified as the suspect.

Robinson, admitted from Alameda County on December 9, 1991, is serving 32-years-to-life for several convictions including first-degree murder and robbery.

The Kings County Coroner will perform an autopsy.

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

CSP-Corcoran opened in 1988 and houses 4,399 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
OCTOBER 11, 2013
CONTACT: MARY KIMBRELL
(559) 992-6174

Monday, October 7, 2013

Condemned Inmate Timothy Michael Russell’s Death Investigated as a Suicide

SAN QUENTIN – Condemned inmate Timothy Russell, 53, who was on California’s death row from Riverside County, was found unresponsive in his cell late Friday evening in San Quentin State Prison.  Subsequently, he was pronounced dead at the prison at 12:48 a.m., on October 5, 2013. The death is being investigated as a suicide.  Russell was single-celled.

Russell was sentenced to death on January 8, 1999, by a Riverside County jury for the January 5, 1997, ambush slaying of Riverside County Sheriff's Deputies, James Lehmann Jr., 41, of Apple Valley, and Michael Haugen, 33, of San Jacinto, outside Russell's residence in a remote desert area of Whitewater, an unincorporated area of the county.  Russell had been on death row since January 14, 1999.

Since 1978 when California reinstated capital punishment, 60 condemned inmates have died from natural causes, 22 have committed suicide, 13 have been executed in California, one was executed in Missouri, six have died from other causes, and one cause is pending. There are 741 offenders on California’s death row.


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For Immediate Release
October 7, 2013
Contact: Lt. Sam Robinson
(415) 455-5008


Friday, October 4, 2013

Salinas Valley State Prison Homicide Under Investigation

SOLEDAD – Salinas Valley State Prison (SVSP) officials are investigating the death of an inmate as a homicide after he was found unresponsive in his cell on Friday, October 4, 2013.

The victim, age 31, whose name is being withheld pending next-of-kin notification, was pronounced dead at the institution at 11:15 a.m. today from apparent blunt force trauma to the head.

The inmate victim was received from Santa Clara County on August 17, 2011, with a 7-year sentence for carjacking. He was a second-strike offender who had served a 2-year term from Santa Clara County in 2006 for assault with force causing great bodily injury.

Prison officials have identified inmate Brandon Scott Keen, 28, as the suspect in the case. He has been placed in the Administrative Segregation Unit pending the investigation.

Inmate Keen was received from Riverside County on April 4, 2013, with a 26-year term for mayhem and assault with a deadly weapon. Inmate Keen is also a second-strike offender who served a prior prison term from Riverside County in 2008 for arson.

Salinas Valley State Prison opened in May 1996, is located on approximately 300 acres in Monterey County, and houses approximately 3,500 inmates. The institution’s mission is to provide long-term housing for both minimum- and maximum-custody male inmates.

For more information about SVSP, visit CDCR’s website at www.cdcr.ca.gov.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE               
October 4, 2013                                      
Contact: Lt. Darren Chamberlain
(831) 678-5554

In-custody Homicide Under Investigation

CORCORAN – Investigators at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in Corcoran (CSATF) and the Kings County District Attorney’s Office are investigating a September 20, 2013, stabbing assault incident as a homicide.

Inmate William Salazar, 36, is the suspect in the murder of inmate Lawrence Lozano, 34, who succumbed to the wounds he suffered on September 20 and was pronounced dead on October 3, 2013 at 10:27 p.m.

Lozano was committed from Los Angeles County on November 16, 2000, with a 35-year sentence for lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 with force and violence.

Inmate Salazar was committed from San Bernardino County on July 2, 2002 with a life sentence for second-degree murder. He was re-housed in the Administrative Segregation Unit pending the homicide investigation.

The Kings County Coroner will conduct an autopsy.

CSATF houses minimum-, medium- and maximum-security male inmates. The prison opened in Kings County in 1997, houses 5,787 inmates and employs approximately 1,900 people.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 4, 2013
(559) 992-7154
Contact: Lupe Cartagena