Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Condemned Inmate’s Death Investigated as a Suicide

SAN QUENTIN – Condemned inmate Michael Lamont Jones, 44, who was on California’s death row from Riverside County, was pronounced dead at San Quentin State Prison on Monday afternoon, May 25, 2015, at 3:51 p.m. The cause of death is pending the results of an autopsy; however, the death is being investigated as a suicide. Jones was single-celled.

Jones was sentenced to death on December 13, 1991, by a Riverside County jury, for the January 21, 1989, murder of Herman Weeks, 24, during the armed robbery of a Domino’s Pizza store. Jones had been on death row since January 2, 1992.

Since 1978 when California reinstated capital punishment, 66 condemned inmates have died from natural causes, 24 have committed suicide, 13 have been executed in California, one was executed in Missouri, seven have died from other causes and the causes of death are pending for four condemned inmates. There are 749 people on California’s death row.

May 26, 2015

CONTACT: Lt. Sam Robinson
(415) 455-5000



Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Riot at Sierra Conservation Center

JAMESTOWN – On Tuesday, May 19, 2015, approximately 150 inmates were involved in a large-scale riot on the A-Facility main exercise yard just after 8:00 p.m.  The riot was quelled and no staff were injured. The cause of the riot is under investigation. Several inmate-made weapons were discovered.

The majority of the inmates involved in the riot sustained minor injuries and are being evaluated by on-duty medical staff.  Those with more severe injuries were transported to local hospitals by ambulance and state vehicles. 

Two inmates sustained injuries requiring immediate transport via air ambulance and are being treated at outside hospitals.  One was in surgery this morning; CDCR does not know his condition at this time. The other suffered various injuries, and is said to be in stable condition.  Five additional inmates who were transported to local hospitals for treatment will be released back to the prison.

This incident is being investigated by the Investigative Services Unit at the prison. The Office of the Inspector General’s Bureau of Independent Review was notified.  CDCR’s Deadly Force Investigation Team will also review this incident.

The prison has been placed on a modified program and A-Facility is expected to remain on modified program until the investigation into the cause of the riot is complete.

Sierra Conservation Center (SCC) opened in 1965 and houses 4206 inmates. The primary mission of SCC is to provide housing, programs and services for minimum- and medium-custody inmates. SCC is one of only two prisons in the State responsible for the training and placement of male inmates in the Conservation Camp Program.  SCC administers 20 male camps located from Central California to the Southern California Border.

May 20, 2015   

(209) 984-5291 ext. 5499

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Apprehension of Inmate Who Walked Away from Vallecito Conservation Camp in Calaveras County

CALAVERAS – California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials have apprehended a minimum-security inmate who walked away from the Vallecito Conservation Camp, located near the community of Angels Camp, in Calaveras County, early in the morning on May 13, 2015.
Inmate Taurus Hendricks, 22, had been last seen at approximately 5:10 a.m. while being interviewed by camp staff. Once the inmate was believed to be missing an emergency count was conducted.
Camp staff searched the inmate dormitory area, surrounding buildings and the camp perimeter after it was determined that he was missing.  All local law enforcement agencies and the California Highway Patrol were notified and assisted in the search for Hendricks.
At approximately 1:45 p.m., Inmate Hendricks was apprehended near the town of Murphys in Calaveras County by the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Department.
Inmate Taurus Hendricks was committed to CDCR on August 15, 2014, from Sacramento County to serve a four-year sentence for First Degree Burglary.  He was scheduled to parole in August 2015.

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May 13, 2015


209) 736-4922