Monday, July 21, 2014

California Health Care Facility Resumes Medical Admissions

STOCKTON - The California Health Care Facility (CHCF) will reopen to medical admissions today.

Clark Kelso, the federal receiver appointed by the court to manage prison medical care, temporarily halted admissions of inmate-patients in early 2014 amid reports of problems with support and clinical systems.

"I am pleased with the progress staff members have made at CHCF," said Kelso. "All supplies are now readily available and we’ve increased staffing and training. CHCF will resume medical admissions and we will continue to monitor and improve practices at the facility to ensure our efforts are sustainable."

“The resumption of medical intake at CHCF is a testament to the hard work being done to ensure the facility does what it is designed to do,” said Diana Toche, Undersecretary of Health Care Services for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). “We will continue to support the Receiver’s mission to provide inmate-patients timely and efficient medical care.”

CHCF is a medical facility designed to care for the state’s sickest inmates. As is common with the activation of any new facility of this size and complexity, CHCF experienced a variety of issues after its opening in July 2013. Since the halt in medical admissions, California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS), under the direction of Kelso, and CDCR have worked to fix the problems. The Receiver changed medical care leadership and both CCHCS and CDCR hired additional medical, custody and support staff; increased training; improved warehouse and supply chain operations; and implemented new medical supply procedures.

Additionally, the Legislature approved additional resources for CDCR, and CCHCS will work with the Administration and the Legislature to address clinical needs in the coming months.

CHCF is currently 50.3 percent occupied and houses 1,483 inmate-patients and inmate workers. The facility has the capacity to provide housing and treatment to 2,951 inmates. The complex is located on 200 acres in South Stockton and employs approximately 2,500 doctors, nurses, technicians, clinicians, mental health, and custody and support staff from CDCR, CCHCF and the California Department of State Hospitals. 

July 21, 2014            

Contacts: Liz Gransee, CCHCS, (916) 691-6721
Terry Thornton, CDCR, (916) 445-4950
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Friday, July 18, 2014

CDCR Partners with San Francisco Sheriff for New Reentry Facility

State inmates will be connected with local services immediately prior to release SACRAMENTO—The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) signed a contract with the San Francisco County Sheriff to launch a pilot program to provide transitional services to state inmates immediately before their scheduled release.  This program will help improve the inmates’ prospects for rehabilitation.

The county-owned Secure Reentry Program Facility, adjacent to the county jail, will house up to 56 male prison inmates whose sentences are almost up and are scheduled to return to San Francisco County within 60 days. The county will provide rehabilitative services such as education, pre-employment training, housing assistance, mental health and medical services, and substance abuse treatment.

“We must be innovative in meeting the needs of offenders if we are going to reduce the number of those caught in the cycle of incarceration,” CDCR Secretary Jeffrey Beard said. “This partnership is a progressive step toward connecting inmates with local services and meeting those needs.”

In 2013, the Legislature approved up to $5.4 million for CDCR to partner with select counties to connect offenders with local services that are proven to help successful reintegration into society, including securing identification cards and enrollment in health programs such as Medi-Cal.

“The San Francisco Sheriff’s Department is proud to be part of this unique partnership that enables us to create the Reentry Pod and amplify what it means to hold both the criminal justice system and those within our custody accountable toward the goal of reducing recidivism.” San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi said. “The Reentry Pod is not only about the rigor we put inmates through to prepare themselves for release, but to challenge our local approach to not throw away people once they leave our custody.”

The three-year contract stipulates CDCR will pay the county $77 per day for every inmate housed in the reentry facility.

In the 2014-2015 Budget Act, $20 million was approved to expand state and county reentry programs across the state. CDCR continues to meet with counties and local communities to discuss the expansion of reentry programs.

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For Immediate Release                                                                         
July 16, 2014   

Contact: Dana Simas         
 (916) 445-4950


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Homicide of a High Desert State Prison Inmate Under Investigation

Susanville – The Investigative Services Unit at High Desert State Prison (HDSP) is investigating the homicide of an inmate today.

Just before 10:52 a.m. Thursday, July 17, 2014, a 28-year-old HDSP inmate was attacked by three other inmates with inmate-manufactured stabbing weapons. Staff performed lifesaving procedures on the inmate who had been attacked and transported him to the HDSP Correctional Treatment Center, where he was pronounced dead at 10:52 a.m.

The deceased inmate was received from Los Angeles County on Oct. 12, 2005, and was serving a life sentence for second-degree robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and attempted second-degree murder. The inmate’s name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

There are three suspects in the case. The first suspect is a 23-year-old inmate who was received from Los Angeles County on Aug. 19, 2011, and is serving a life sentence for carjacking with the use of a firearm. The second suspect is a 30-year-old inmate who was received from Los Angeles County on Oct. 28, 2004, and is serving a life sentence for murder. The third suspect is a 24-year-old inmate who was received from Los Angeles County on April 27, 2009, and is serving a life sentence for murder.

Staff recovered two inmate-manufactured stabbing weapons at the scene.

No staff members were injured in the incident.

HDSP administrators have limited inmate movement on the facility where the incident occurred to facilitate the investigation. The Office of Inspector General was notified.

High Desert State Prison, located in Lassen County, opened in 1995 and houses approximately 3,342 minimum-, medium- and maximum-custody inmates. The institution provides academic classes and vocational instruction and employs more than 1,210 people.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                           

July 17, 2014

 Contact: Lt. G. Crowe

(530) 251-5100 ext. 5501 

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Eel River Conservation Camp Walkaway Inmate in Custody

Susanville, California – A minimum-security inmate from California Correctional Center (CCC) who walked away from Eel River Conservation Camp (CC #31) on July 16, 2014, has been apprehended.

On July 16, at approximately 7:00 P.M., members of the Pelican Bay State Prison (PBSP) Investigative Services Unit (ISU) apprehended Inmate Ga Dakota Moss near Redway, California just two miles from the camp. Moss was hiding in some bushes when he was spotted.

Inmate Moss was wearing civilian clothing and was in possession of marijuana at the time he was apprehended. An investigation has been initiated to determine any other crimes that may have been committed by Inmate Moss while he was at large. 

Inmate Moss is being returned to the California Correctional Center and will be housed in the Administrative Segregation Unit (ASU) pending a complete investigation into his actions.

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                       

July 16, 2014     

Lieutenant Charles Gilmore
(530) 257-2181 ext. 4110

Walk Away from Eel River Conservation Camp

Redway, California – A minimum-security inmate from California Correctional Center walked away from Eel River Conservation Camp (CC #31) on July 16, 2014.

Inmate Ga Dakota Moss, 19, is a White male, 5’ 11” tall, 175 pounds, with green eyes and blonde/strawberry blonde hair. He was committed to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) on February 28, 2013, from San Bernardino County for Second Degree Burglary. He was scheduled to be released from CDCR custody on December 13, 2014.

Inmate Moss was assigned to an inmate firefighting crew at Eel River Conservation Camp (CC# 31) in Humboldt County, California. The camp houses approximately 120 minimum-custody inmates.

Inmate Moss was last seen at the CC #31 Camp Office awaiting arrival of the camp bus for transport back to CCC at about 8:40 A.M. At about 9:20 A.M., camp staff members were conducting a count and discovered Inmate Moss was missing.  An emergency count was conducted and confirmed Moss was missing. The CCC Watch Commander was notified and escape procedures were immediately initiated.

CDCR, Cal-Fire Law Enforcement personnel, along with local law enforcement agencies, and the California Highway Patrol were notified and are assisting in the search for Moss. All responding law enforcement agencies are continuing with the search and apprehension efforts at this time.

Inmate Moss was last seen wearing orange CDCR state-issued clothing. Anyone seeing Moss should contact 9-1-1 or law enforcement authorities immediately.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               
July 16, 2014  

Lieutenant Charles Gilmore
(530)257-2181 ext. 4110

Contact: Anyone having information about or knowledge of the location of Ga Dakota Moss should contact the CCC Watch Commander at 530-257-2181x4173.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Salinas Valley State Prison Correctional Officer Attacked by an Inmate

SOLEDAD – A correctional officer is being treated for injuries he suffered from a stabbing attack by a Salinas Valley State Prison (SVSP) inmate this afternoon.

At 12:50 p.m., a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) correctional officer was on duty at the institution’s Administrative Segregation Unit (ASU) when inmate David Gomez, 48, slipped out of his handcuffs and stabbed the officer multiple times in his head area with an inmate-manufactured weapon.

Inmate Gomez was subdued and subsequently remanded back to an ASU cell in another unit inside the prison.

The officer was taken to an outside hospital for treatment of his injuries, which are still unknown at this time.

Inmate Gomez was committed to CDCR on April 14, 1998 from Los Angeles County to serve a 91-years to life sentence for rape, oral copulation with a person under 14 with threat and first-degree burglary.

Gomez, who is currently standing trial in Monterey County for the 2004 homicide of his SVSP cellmate, has a long history of assaults against attorneys, mental health and custody staff and other inmates.

SVSP’s Investigative Services Unit is investigating the incident. Today’s matter will be referred to the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.

SVSP opened May 1996 on approximately 300 acres in Monterey County. The institution provides long-term housing for 3,518 minimum- and maximum-custody male inmates and employs 1,395 people.


Contact: Lt. Darren Chamberlain
July 11, 2014
(831) 678-5554

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

North Kern State Prison Inmate Death Being Investigated as a Homicide

Delano—Investigators at North Kern State Prison (NKSP) and the Kern County District Attorney’s Office are investigating the death of an inmate as a homicide, after he was discovered unresponsive in his cell with visible injuries on Sunday, June 29, 2014.

Inmate Donald W. Cook, 63, was pronounced dead on June 29, 2014, at a local outside area hospital.

Prison officials have named inmate Rory C. Moser, 34, as a suspect in the case.

The victim, inmate Cook, was received by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) on April 4, 2014 from Los Angeles County to serve a two-year, eight-month sentence for petty theft with priors.

The suspect, inmate Moser, was received by CDCR on June 18, 2014 from Sacramento County to serve a two-year eight-month sentence for driving under the influence resulting in serious bodily injury.

The Office of the Inspector General has been notified.
North Kern State Prison, which opened in 1993, houses approximately 4,890    minimum to medium and maximum custody inmates.  The prison, located in Kern County, provides educational, medical and mental health services and employs more than 1,300 people.

For immediate release  
June 30, 2014

Contact:  Tom Mattson
(661) 721-2345 ext.5006