Thursday, January 30, 2014

CALPIA Deputy Director Receives National Award

FOLSOM – With more than 27 years’ experience at the California Prison Industry Authority (CALPIA), Deputy Director Scott Walker has won the “Staff Award for 2014” from the National Correctional Industries Association (NCIA).

CALPIA’s General Manager, Charles L. Pattillo nominated Walker for the award along with 49 other states nominating correctional industry staff for this prestigious honor.  Walker was first selected as the regional winner and this week was announced by NCIA as the national winner.

“I am thrilled NCIA recognized Scott Walker for his leadership and innovations,” said Pattillo.   “It’s because of his commitment and dedication to CALPIA, that offenders acquire job skills which is vital when it comes to reducing recidivism, reducing state costs and more importantly increasing public safety.”

Walker has been instrumental for stewarding CALPIA’s 57 manufacturing, service and consumable enterprises through the implementation of California’s Public Safety Realignment Act of 2011.

Walker is currently directing the expansion of CALPIA enterprise by establishing a Health Facilities Maintenance program at all 34 California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) locations with 900 new offender training positions.

The NCIA Staff Award was originally established in 1980 to recognize the quality of industry staff personnel and recognize superior performance. 

Walker will be recognized at the National NCIA Conference in April.

CALPIA is a self-financed and self-sufficient state entity that receives all of its revenue from the sale of products it manufactures. The recidivism rate among CALPIA inmates is over 25 percent lower than the general prison population, a success attributed to the job skills that they receive by working in CALPIA business enterprises.

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For Immediate Release
January 30, 2014
Contact:  Michele Kane
(916) 358-1802

Friday, January 17, 2014

Inmate Walks Away From Miramonte Fire Camp

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 16, 2014 Contact:Lt. Randy Rowland (559) 336-2312 MIRAMONTE – California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials are looking for a minimum-security inmate who walked away from the Miramonte Conservation Camp in Fresno County last this afternoon. Inmate Eusebio Garcia, age 20, was last seen at his assigned work in the camp at approximately 3:20 p.m. during a security check. Staff searched the inmate dorm area, surrounding buildings and the camp perimeter after he was discovered missing. All local law enforcement agencies and the California Highway Patrol have been notified and are assisting in the Search for Garcia. Inmate Eusebio Garcia is described as a Hispanic male, 5’ 8”, 175 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He was committed to CDCR on July 16, 2013 from Fresno County to serve a two years eight month sentence for Resisting a Peace Officer. Inmate Garcia was scheduled to be release on parole in February 2015. Contact: Anyone having information or knowing the location of Inmate Eusebio Garcia is asked to contact the Miramonte Conservation Camp Commander at (559) 336-2312 or the Watch Commander at Sierra Conservation Center at (209) 984-5291, ####

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

New Report Shows California’s Recidivism Rate Declined Again This Year

California’s recidivism rate is now 61.0 percent

SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) today released its 2013 Outcome Evaluation Report, the fourth in a series of annual reports tracking and analyzing the recidivism – or reoffending – rates of adult felons released from state prison.  The report shows that the total three-year recidivism rate for all felons released during fiscal year 2008-2009 is 61.0 percent, down from 63.7 percent last year and down from 67.5 percent four years ago.

“The continuing improvement in the state’s recidivism rate is encouraging news for all Californians,” CDCR Secretary Jeff Beard said. “When former offenders are leading productive, law abiding lives, our communities are safer. As we move forward and both CDCR and counties utilize state funds to invest more in evidence-based rehabilitation efforts, I’m confident we will see recidivism rates continue to decline.”

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. All felons are tracked for the full three-year follow-up period, regardless of their status on parole or if they have discharged.

In fiscal year 2008-2009, 112,877 people were released or re-released from state prison and recidivated at a rate of 61.0 percent within three years.

The 2013 report focuses on the 68,803 inmates who returned to custody within three years of release. It also looks at demographics, including gender, age, ethnicity, offense, mental health status, length of stay, risk category and other factors and offers data and insights to CDCR executives, policy makers and correctional stakeholders.

The report’s findings include:

•    Nearly 50 percent of inmates who recidivate within three years do so within the first six           months.
•    Women recidivate at a lower rate (48.9 percent) than men (62.4 percent).
•    Although few in number, inmates released after serving an indeterminate sentence recidivate at a much lower rate (11.5 percent) than those who served a determinate sentence (61.0 percent).
•    Despite the fact that Los Angeles County had the largest share of inmates released to parole (25.8 percent), its recidivism rate of 50.4 percent is the lowest of the 12 counties with the largest number of releases.
•    San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Fresno counties have the highest overall three-year recidivism rates at 75.8 percent, 72.2 percent and 71.3 percent respectively.
•    In general, recidivism rates decrease with age. Felons aged 18 to 19 years old have a 73.7 percent recidivism rate; those age 60 and older have a 45.2 recidivism rate.
•    The seriousness of an inmate’s commitment crime is often inversely related to his/her recidivism risk. For example, second-degree murderers have a recidivism rate of 10.3 percent while people convicted of vehicle theft have a 72.5 percent recidivism rate.
•    Overall, inmates with identified mental health issues recidivate at a higher rate than those without mental health issues.

Assembly Bill 109, the California Public Safety Realignment Act, became law on October 1, 2011. The law changed where people convicted of non-violent, non-serious and non-sex offenses serve their sentences. CDCR researchers expect that Realignment will have an impact on recidivism, but the impact is not significant in this report because it focuses on offenders released before Realignment’s implementation.

CDCR researchers did recently release a report that tracked inmates released from prison pre- and post-Realignment. It can be found here: http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/Adult_Research_Branch/Research_Documents/Realignment_1_Year_Report_12-23-13.pdf

The 2013 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/Outcome_Evaluation_Report_2013.pdf
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JANUARY 15, 2014
CONTACT: TERRY THORNTON
(916) 445-4950


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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

CDCR's Unknown Victims Unit Distributes More Than $2.5 million to Victims in 2013

SACRAMENTO- California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) today announced that the department's Unknown Victims Unit successfully located 2,018 victims and dispersed more than $2.52 million in 2013. 

CDCR's Unknown Victims Unit was created in 2010 in response to the amount of money CDCR was collecting from inmates on behalf of victims but was unable to disburse due to incomplete or outdated victim contact information.

Victim restitution is ordered by a county Superior Court judge and is to be paid by offenders to compensate victims. If an inmate owes restitution to his/her victim(s), CDCR collects half of what the inmate earns in prison jobs and half of what family or friends contribute to the inmate's prison accounts.

Sometimes the information forwarded to CDCR by the counties lacks critical victim contact information; other times victims do not update the court or CDCR how they can be reached. The Unknown Victims Unit takes what information is available and attempts to locate the victim and notify him/her that money has been collected on their behalf.

If you are a victim of a crime, have been ordered restitution from a Superior Court judge, and have not been receiving the funds, please contact your local district attorney's office and make sure they have your updated contact information.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 7, 2013
For media inquiries, contact:
Dana Simas
(916) 445-4950

Thursday, January 2, 2014

CDCR to Build New Housing Units at Two Existing Prisons

Total of 2,376 beds will provide space for inmates with disabilities, mental health needs

SACRAMENTO —California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s (CDCR) today announced the locations of three new Level II housing unit facilities, a total of 2,376 beds, to be built at two existing prison sites.

One 792-bed facility will be built on state prison land adjacent to Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility (RJD) in San Diego and two 792-bed facilities, a total of 1,584 beds, will be built on state prison land adjacent to Mule Creek State Prison (MCSP) in Ione.

“Construction of these facilities will provide CDCR with flexible housing for inmates with disabilities, as well as intermediate medical or mental health treatment needs,” CDCR Secretary Jeffrey Beard said. “These projects demonstrate the State’s commitment to comply with Federal court orders to provide adequate inmate health care and reduce overcrowding.”

In 2012, the state Legislature adopted Senate Bill 1022 which authorized CDCR to construct three new housing unit facilities at existing prison sites. In addition to providing CDCR more low-security housing, the new facilities will also provide space for educational and vocational programs.

The final decision on where the facilities will be built was made after completion of the environmental impact review (EIR) process. During the EIR process, CDCR held a series of community meetings at each potential location to solicit feedback from community leaders and its members.

The estimated construction cost for the RJD infill site is $168.7 million. This facility will employ approximately 180 staff and have an annual operational budget of $5.5 million.

The estimated construction cost for the MCSP infill site is $344.5 million. This facility will employ approximately 375 staff and have an annual operational budget of $11 million.

The construction of these two facilities is projected to begin in Spring 2014 and take approximately 24-26 months to complete.

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For Immediate Release
January 2, 2014
Contact: Dana Simas
(916) 445-4950