Monday, November 25, 2013

California State Prison-Sacramento Correctional Officer Recovering From Inmate Assault

FOLSOM– A California State Prison-Sacramento (CSP-SAC) correctional officer is recovering from injuries suffered during an unprovoked attack by an inmate Saturday night.

The assault occurred on November 23 at approximately 5:30 p.m. while staff attempted to conduct a random search of inmate Delvin E. Cottingham’s assigned cell.  Inmate Cottingham exited his cell and unexpectedly walked toward the officer and punched the officer in his face, knocking him to the ground. 

Inmate Cottingham then straddled the officer’s chest and repeatedly struck the officer in his face with his fists.  A second officer came to the aid of the first officer and fended off the inmate’s attack.

The officer was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

The officer, a nearly eight-year veteran of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), suffered a left orbital fracture, a bi-lateral fracture to both sides of his nasal cavity, and abrasions to his forehead, nose, cheeks and eyes. The abrasions to the officer’s face required nine sutures. He is currently at home recovering.

Inmate Cottingham, 39, was received from San Diego County on August 4, 1997, with a 42-years-to-life sentence for first-degree murder, battery with serious bodily injury, second-degree robbery, and an ex-felon in possession of a firearm.

Inmate Cottingham was transferred to the Administrative Segregation Unit at CSP-SAC pending investigation.

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

California State Prison-Sacramento is a multi-mission institution that houses more than 2,100 inmates and employs more than 1,700 people.  Opened in 1986, the institution houses maximum security inmates serving long sentences or those who have proved to be management problems at other institutions.  CSP-SAC also houses inmates requiring specialized mental health programming and inmates with high-risk medical concerns. CSP-SAC promotes rehabilitative opportunities via work assignments, vocational training, self-help programming, and educational opportunities.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NOVEMBER 25, 2013
CONTACT:   BRYAN DONAHOO
(916) 294-3012

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Attempted Murder of a Peace Officer at California State Prison-Sacramento Under Investigation

FOLSOM – California State Prison-Sacramento (CSP-SAC) officials are investigating the attempted murder of a correctional officer that occurred this morning in one of the maximum-security units.

On November 18, 2013, at approximately 8 a.m., inmate Alberto Cortez, 22, tried to murder a 40-year-old correctional officer by repeatedly slashing him with an inmate-made weapon.  A second inmate tried to attack officers who responded to the incident. Cortez who has been in prison since December 23, 2010, is serving a 15-years-to-life sentence from Los Angeles County for attempted first-degree murder and receiving stolen property.

The officer, a 15-year veteran of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, was slashed on his neck.  He was taken to an outside hospital by ambulance for treatment and is in fair condition at this time.

CSP-SAC’s Investigative Services Unit is investigating the incident as an attempted murder.  The Office of the Inspector General’s Bureau of Independent Review was notified of the incident.

California State Prison-Sacramento is a multi-mission institution that houses more than 2,100 inmates and employs more than 1,700 people.  Opened in 1986, the institution houses maximum-security inmates serving long sentences or those who have proved to be management problems at other institutions.  CSP-SAC also houses inmates requiring specialized mental health programming and inmates with high-risk medical concerns. CSP-SAC promotes rehabilitative opportunities through work assignments, vocational training, self-help programs and educational opportunities.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NOVEMBER 18, 2013
CONTACT:  BRYAN DONAHOO
(916) 294-3012


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Monday, November 4, 2013

CDCR’s Checks on 1,267 Sex-Offenders during Operation Boo

Sweep results in 90 arrests statewide; weapons, drugs and child porn confiscated

SACRAMENTO – California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) parole agents arrested 90 of the 1,267 sex-offender parolees who were contacted during compliance checks or searches as part of the 20th annual Operation Boo Child Safety Project on Halloween night 2013.  Most of the arrests were for violations of special conditions of parole; however some offenses were more serious, prompting new charges to be filed against six of the sex-offender parolees.  Six other parolees were found to be out of compliance with their requirements to register as sex offenders.

“The 90 arrests among sex-offender parolees – for possession of child pornography, narcotics, weapons, and other parole violations – and the six new charges, prove that our statewide efforts with Operation Boo on Halloween night are well-founded and necessary,” said Dan Stone, Director of the Division of Adult Parole Operations. 

In addition to the traditional compliance checks, this year Operation Boo included two other 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. 

•    Transient Sex-Offender Curfew Centers:  Because 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, several special transient sex-offender curfew centers were operated Halloween night.  

For more information about Operation Boo please visit: www.cdcr.ca.gov


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NOVEMBER 4, 2013
CONTACT: LUIS PATINO
(916) 445-4950

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Friday, November 1, 2013

Inmate Death at Kern Valley State Prison Being Investigated as a Homicide

DELANO – Officials at Kern Valley State Prison (KVSP) are investigating the death of an inmate as a homicide after he was found unresponsive in his cell.

Inmate Carmen T. Guerrero, 48, was pronounced dead at 12:39 a.m. Preliminary reports indicate inmate Guerrero died from strangulation.

Prison officials have named Inmate Guerrero’s cellmate, Miguel Crespo, 42, as a suspect in the case.  Inmate Crespo has been placed in the Administrative Segregation Unit pending an investigation by KVSP investigators, the Kern County Coroner and the Kern County District Attorney.

Inmate Guerrero was serving a life sentence from Kings County for second-degree murder.  Inmate Crespo, is currently serving a life sentence from Los Angeles County for first-degree murder.

KVSP opened in 2005 and houses 3,707 minimum-, medium-, maximum-, and high-security custody inmates.  KVSP offers academic classes and vocational programs and employs approximately 1,800 people.

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NOVEMBER 1, 2013
CONTACT: JEFF SMITH
(661) 721-6314

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