Friday, October 16, 2015

CDCR Accepts “Cool Planet” Award for Climate Change, Conservation Projects

                                       Solar energy, water, lighting projects honored

SACRAMENTO - The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) today accepted the “Cool Planet” award from the Climate Registry and Southern California Edison (SCE) for solar energy, lighting, recycling and construction projects that have reduced the department’s energy use by 13 percent since 2003, water use by 1.6 billion gallons a year compared to 2010, and greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 55,000 metric tons between 2010 and 2014. These achievements exceed the state’s short-term goals and are ahead of schedule to meet more stringent goals by 2020.

“We believe we have a responsibility to be a leader among state agencies for environmental stewardship and are proud of our partnership with SCE and others on projects that are reducing pollution, saving energy and also saving taxpayers millions of dollars in the process,” said CDCR Secretary Jeff Beard.  “The incentive and rebate programs available through SCE have helped us to finance the projects and to implement them on an accelerated time scale.”

Among the efforts recognized by the award:

•    Solar photovoltaic arrays constructed at 12 prisons since 2006 that generate more than 33.6 megawatts, enough to power at least 7,300 homes, and that will save taxpayers more than $75 million in electricity costs over the next 20 years;
•    Eighty-four energy-efficiency projects installed since 2008 that cut energy costs by $6.7 million per year;
•    Since 2010, constructed and renovated 18 buildings to U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Gold or Silver LEED-NC certification and another four buildings to Gold or Silver LEED-CI/EB certification;
•    Drought management and water conservation projects, including installation of low-flow technology and other water restrictions in prisons, reducing water use throughout CDCR by 25 percent, or 1.5 billion gallons per year since 2013;
•    An overall reduction in 2014 greenhouse gas emissions of 12 percent since 2010, beyond the 10 percent goal for 2015 set for all state agencies by Governor Brown, and ahead of schedule to reduce emissions by 20 percent by 2020. 
         
“The State of California has shown tremendous political leadership and conviction on climate change over the years and the need to take action is as urgent as ever,” said David Rosenheim, Executive Director of the Climate Registry, during presentation of the Cool Planet awards in Los Angeles. 

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October 16, 2015
   
CONTACT: BILL SESSA
916) 445-4950
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Monday, October 12, 2015

San Diego Prison Inmate Escapee Apprehended

Joshua Drinnon back in custody after escaping while out of state

SACRAMENTO – California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) special agents apprehended maximum-security inmate Joshua Drinnon and took him into custody today. Drinnon had escaped approximately 40 days ago while being transported back to prison in San Diego following a court appearance in Tennessee.
“We can credit the diligence of our agents and our partnership with the US Marshals Service for locating a dangerous offender and taking him off the streets,” CDCR Office of Correctional Safety Chief Derrick Marion said.
On Wednesday, Sept. 2, Drinnon, 36, was being transported back to Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility by a private inmate transportation service contracted through the Sullivan County Sheriff's Department in Tennessee. At a rest stop on Interstate 80 about five miles outside Princeton, Illinois, Drinnon was able to get out of his restraints and elude the transporting officers, scaling a fence and running into a cornfield.
Local authorities in Illinois conducted a search for the inmate, but with no new leads suspended the search after a couple of days. The CDCR Office of Correctional Safety (OCS) and the US Marshals Service (USMS) formed a task force to track down Drinnon. The investigation led CDCR and USMS personnel to Oregon. On Oct. 12, 2015, OCS and USMS personnel located and arrested Drinnon in the city of Ashland, in Jackson County.
Drinnon was found at a local resource center for the homeless and people in need in Ashland. He was arrested without incident. The Ashland Police Department was notified and has provided transportation to a local detention facility pending extradition.
Drinnon was committed to CDCR on Dec. 12, 2012, from San Luis Obispo County with a 17-year sentence for robbery, his second strike. He was scheduled to be released to parole in May 2025. After that, he would have been transported to Tennessee to serve the six-year sentence for aggravated robbery he received while out to court.

Of all escapes from adult institutions, conservation camps and in-state contract bed facilities, 98.5 percent have been apprehended.
Contact: Terry Thornton, (916) 445-4950

Thursday, October 8, 2015

New Mental Health Facility Dedicated at Central California Women’s Facility

                 Female Inmates Training In Construction Trades Do Most of the Work
CHOWCHILLA---The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) today dedicated a state of the art building at the Central California Women’s Facility, largely constructed by female inmates training in the construction trades, to enhance mental health treatment for inmates.

The $5.1 million, 7,133 sq. ft. facility, which incorporates many features to conserve water and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, will provide space for group and individual therapy sessions for up to 64 inmates at a time in addition to offices for administrative staff and clinicians.  The building, which received a CalGreen LEED rating from the U.S. Green Building Council, features low-flow toilets and other water-saving plumbing, and highly efficient, roof-mounted heating and air conditioning systems and skylights that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide more natural light that is beneficial to mental health treatment. 
 
The project was managed by CDCR’s Inmate Ward Labor Program and the on-site work was done primarily by 45 female inmates who are learning construction skills in a pre-apprentice program that will make them more employable when they are released on parole.  The dedication ceremony doubled as a graduation for many of the inmates, who completed 30 hours of classroom work and 40 hours a week of on-site training.  They received certificates of completion from Fresno Local 104 Sheet Metal Workers for Pre-Apprenticeship and certificates for their ability to operate forklifts, skid steers and scissor-lifts or for their knowledge of basic OSHA safety rules on construction sites.

“This facility demonstrates our commitment to meeting the mental health needs of all of our inmates, regardless of the level of care they need,” said Diana Toche, CDCR Undersecretary for Health Care Services, who presided over the building dedication.  “At the same time, by incorporating state of the art technology to conserve water and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the building shows CDCR’s commitment to environmental stewardship.”

“This building is also the product of a rehabilitation program that gives inmates a chance to create a better life for themselves when they leave prison,” said Toche.  “The women who received certificates today, and those who will follow them, should be recognized for the courage it took to enroll in the pre-apprentice program and the dedication to see it through to the end.  We hope that every one of them will take the skills they learned on this project into a career that will sustain them and their families for many years.”

The building is the seventh and final project constructed by CDCR over the last five years to increase capacity for mental health treatment ranging from out-patient counseling to acute care that is required by the U.S. Federal court as part of the Coleman settlement

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October 9, 2015    
                                  
Contact: Bill Sessa
(916) 445-4950

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Valley View Conservation Camp Walkaway Inmate in Custody

SUSANVILLE – A minimum-security inmate from California Correctional Center (CCC) who walked away from Valley View Conservation Camp (CC #34) on October 5, 2015, has been apprehended.

On October 6, 2015, at approximately 11.00 P.M., an officer with the Santa Maria Police Department apprehended Inmate Jorge A. Macedo in Santa Maria, California at an area motel. Macedo attempted to evade capture and the officer used physical force to take Macedo into custody.

Macedo was transported to the California Men’s Colony in San Luis Obispo and is being returned to the California Correctional Center in Susanville. Macedo will be housed in the Administrative Segregation Unit pending a complete investigation into his actions.

Macedo was committed to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on March 26, 2015, from Santa Barbara County for Possession of a Controlled Substance for Sale. He was scheduled to be released from CDCR custody on July 25, 2018.

Of all offenders who have escaped from an adult institution, camp, or community-based program since 1977, 99.1 percent have been apprehended.
                                   

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October 7, 2015                                          

Lieutenant Charles Gilmore
(530) 257-2181 ext. 4110
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Monday, October 5, 2015

Walk Away from Valley View Conservation Camp (CC #34)

Elk Creek, California – A minimum-security inmate from the California Correctional Center walked away from Valley View Conservation Camp (CC #34) on October 5, 2015.

Inmate Jorge A. Macedo, 32, is a Hispanic male, 5’ 7” tall, 193 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair. He was committed to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) on March 26, 2015, from Santa Barbara County for Possession of a Controlled Substance for Sales. He was scheduled to be released from CDCR custody on July 25, 2018.

Inmate Macedo was assigned to an inmate firefighting crew at CC #34 in
Elk Creek, California. The camp houses approximately 100 minimum-custody inmates.

Inmate Macedo was last seen at CC #34 by camp staff on October 4, 2015, during the 2330 count.  He was later discovered missing by CC #34 staff on October 5, 2015, during the 0030 count. 

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 Macedo. All responding law enforcement agencies are continuing with the search and apprehension efforts at this time.

Anyone seeing Inmate Macedo should contact 9-1-1 or law enforcement authorities immediately.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                  
October 5, 2015                        

Aaron Yderraga, PIO/AA
(530) 257-2181 extension 4110
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Contact: Anyone having information about or knowledge of the location of Jorge A. Macedo should contact the CCC Watch Commander at (530) 257-2181 extension 4173.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Condemned Inmate Alfredo Prieto Executed in Virginia

SACRAMENTO — Condemned inmate Alfredo Rolando Prieto, 49, who had death sentences in California and Virginia, was executed by lethal injection on October 1, 2015, by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Prieto was on death row in California for the kidnapping, rape and murder of 15-year-old Yvette Woodruff. On September 2, 1990, Prieto and two crime partners used a handgun to kidnap and rob Woodruff, her girlfriend and her girlfriend’s mother. The three victims were taken to an abandoned building where they were forcibly raped. Woodruff was shot in the head by Prieto. The other two victims were stabbed by his crime partners, but survived.

Prieto was sentenced to death by a San Bernardino County jury on June 18, 1992, for first-degree murder with the special circumstances of rape with force or violence, kidnapping, robbery and attempted robbery. He also received a life sentence for attempted first-degree murder and possession of a firearm by an ex-felon.

Prieto was received onto California’s death row on June 30, 1992.

He was extradited to Fairfax County, Virginia, on April 28, 2006, to stand trial for murder. He was convicted in Virginia of capital murder during a rape and received two death sentences in 2008 for two homicides that occurred in 1988.

Since 1978 when California reinstated capital punishment, 68 condemned inmates have died from natural causes, 24 have committed suicide, 13 have been executed in California, one was executed in Missouri, one (Prieto) has been executed in Virginia, eight have died from other causes and the causes of death are pending for two condemned inmates.

As of October 2, 2015, there are 746 people on California’s death row.


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October 2, 2015                                      

Contact: Lt. Sam Robinson
(415) 455-5000
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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Salinas Valley State Prison Investigating the Death of an Inmate as a Homicide

SOLEDAD — Salinas Valley State Prison (SVSP) officials are investigating the death of inmate Pedro M. Aguilar as a homicide.

On Sept. 28, 2015, custody staff conducting security checks found inmate Aguilar unresponsive in his cell. He was pronounced dead at 9:05 a.m.

Aguilar, 45, was serving life with the possibility of parole for lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 14 years old. He was admitted from Ventura County on Oct. 1, 2013.

Inmate Jerald A. Nelson, 59, Aguilar’s cellmate, has been identified as the suspect. Nelson is serving life with the possibility of parole for a first-degree murder conviction from Imperial County. Nelson has been in state prison since Sept. 22, 1983.

The Monterey County Coroner and the Monterey County District Attorney are also investigating. The Office of the Inspector General was notified.

SVSP, located in Monterey County, provides long-term housing for minimum- and maximum-security inmates. It provides educational, religious, work programs and self-help programs to inmates and provides treatment to mentally ill inmates. The prison was activated in 1996, houses approximately 3,700 inmates and employs approximately 1,500 people.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 1, 2015                                                                                                                           
CONTACT: Lt. Eduardo Mazariegos(831) 678-5554