Friday, April 22, 2016

Inmate attacks officer at California State Prison-Sacramento

FOLSOM – Officials at California State Prison-Sacramento (SAC) are investigating an assault by an inmate that sent one employee to the hospital.

At 11:45 a.m. on Thursday, April 21, correctional officers were conducting a clothed body search of inmate Tavis Thompson on the main exercise yard. One officer felt an item in Thompson’s sock, and asked him to identify the item. Thompson suddenly turned toward the officer and punched him in the face.

Support staff used physical force to bring Thompson to the ground. He landed on top of the officer and continued the attack. Two support officers subdued Thompson and placed him in handcuffs. Responding staff discovered an inmate-manufactured stabbing weapon hidden inside Thompson’s sock.

The officer was examined by SAC medical staff and transported to an outside hospital for treatment of contusions, abrasions, redness and swelling to his head and face. He was treated and released from the hospital the same day. Two responding officers reported minor injuries. Inmate Thompson was uninjured.

Thompson was received by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on June 30, 2004 from Imperial County to serve a 55-years-to-life sentence with the possibility of parole for assault with a deadly weapon and assault with a deadly weapon by a prisoner.

CSP-SAC, opened in 1986, is a maximum-security prison that houses nearly 2,400 general population inmates and employs about 1,700 people. The institution houses inmates serving long sentences and those who have proven to be management problems at other institutions. CSP-SAC also houses inmates requiring specialized mental health treatment.



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 22, 2016   


CONTACT: Lt. L.A. Quinn 
(916) 294-3012
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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

CDCR Dedicates New Housing Facilities at Mule Creek State Prison

Will house more than 1,500 inmates with dedicated room for rehabilitation

SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) today dedicated two new housing facilities at Mule Creek State Prison that include expanded space for rehabilitation programs and medical and mental health care.

“The activation of these beds is key to remaining below the federal population cap, and avoiding a court-ordered early release of inmates,” said CDCR Secretary Scott Kernan. “The medical, mental and rehabilitative space in the new facilities helps give our inmates a constitutional level of care. I'm also encouraged by the growth in our long-standing partnership with Amador County.”

The 60-acre, self-contained facilities are next to the original part of the prison. The new structures, known as Facility D and Facility E, are designed to house up to 1,584 medium-security inmates. The inmates become eligible for lower-custody housing based on their in-prison behavior and participation in rehabilitation programming. The new facilities also include 94,000 square feet of space for rehabilitation classes, family visits, and offices for teachers, counselors and other support staff, as well as support for medical and mental health needs.

In addition, the facilities are designed to meet Silver-level LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. The environmentally friendly features of the new facilities include low-flow water fixtures, highly efficient lighting and low-emission construction materials.

Mule Creek State Prison is located in Ione in Amador County, approximately 60 miles southeast of Sacramento.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
APRIL 19, 2016

CONTACT:  BILL SESSA
916) 445-4950
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Friday, April 15, 2016

Inmate attacks clinician at California State Prison-Sacramento

FOLSOM – Officials at California State Prison-Sacramento (SAC) are investigating an assault by an inmate that sent one employee to the hospital.

At 9:15 a.m. Thursday, April 14, inmate Joshua Vick, 34, ran from the track on the main exercise yard toward the Treatment Center and attacked a psychiatric clinician, punching her numerous times in the face. The clinician fell backward, striking her head against the wall as she fell to the ground. Vick continued the violent attack, punching the clinician in her face and head.

Staff who responded to the attack ordered Vick to stop his actions. When he saw staff approaching, Vick backed away and lay down on the ground. The clinician was evaluated by SAC medical staff and transported to an outside hospital for treatment of abrasions to her shoulder, head and neck; cuts on her mouth; tooth pain; swelling to her eye and head; and a slash to her eye that required five sutures. She was treated and released the same day, and is recovering at home.

Vick was treated by prison medical staff for abrasions to both hands and a swollen area on his forehead.

Vick was received by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on June 14, 2011, from Los Angeles County to serve life without the possibility of parole for two counts of first-degree murder, second-degree robbery, attempted second-degree robbery and making criminal threats.

CSP-SAC, opened in 1986, is a maximum-security prison that houses nearly 2,400 general population inmates and employs about 1,700 people. The institution houses inmates serving long sentences and those who have proven to be management problems at other institutions. CSP-SAC also houses inmates requiring specialized mental health treatment.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 15, 2016           

CONTACT: Lt. L.A. Quinn
(916) 294-3012
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Man Convicted of CHP Officer Deaths in 1978 Dies of Natural Causes

SAN DIEGO – Inmate Luis Valenzuela Rodriguez died of natural causes at approximately 8 p.m. on Thursday April 14, 2016 at a local hospital in Chula Vista.

Inmate Rodriguez’s died of natural causes. He was 60 years old at the time of his death.

Inmate Rodriguez was initially sentenced to death in 1981. His conviction was later reduced to life without parole in 1991. He was committed to CDCR in July 1981 from Yolo County for the murders of California Highway Patrol officers William M. Freeman and Roy P. Blecher in West Sacramento in December 1978.

At the time of his death, inmate Rodriguez was incarcerated in Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 15, 2016       

CONTACT: Lt. Philip Bracamonte
(619) 661-7802
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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Inmate Who Walked Away from Alder Conservation Camp Apprehended in Oakland

Crescent City – California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) announced today the apprehension of a minimum-security state prison inmate who walked away from Alder Conservation Camp in Del Norte County this past Monday, April 11, 2016.

At approximately 11 a.m., inmate Darius Louis, 19, was taken into custody without incident in Oakland, CA by CDCR Special Service Unit (SSU) agents and the Oakland Police Department.

Louis was committed to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) on June 4, 2015, from Lake County for Grand Theft. He was scheduled to be released from CDCR custody on March 9, 2020.

Louis will be transported back to the California Correctional Center in Susanville, and will no longer be eligible to be housed in a Conservation Camp.

Since 1977, 99 percent of all offenders who have left an adult institution, camp, or community-based program without permission have been apprehended.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 14, 2016      

CONTACT: Lt. Aaron Yderraga
(530) 257-2181











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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Inmate attacks officers at California Correctional Institution


TEHACHAPI – Officials at California Correctional Institution (CCI) are investigating an assault that sent one correctional officer to the hospital.

At 7:03 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, inmate Durrell Puckett, 30, summoned correctional staff to his cell. While speaking with staff, Puckett covered his cell door window so the officers could not see what he was doing. A medical emergency was announced, and as staff entered the cell, Puckett threw an unknown substance on them. He then used an inmate-manufactured weapon to stab a correctional officer in the head.

The officer was taken to an outside hospital where she was treated for abrasions and lacerations. She was released from the hospital that evening and is recovering at home.

Staff used physical force, an extraction shield, pepper spray and baton strikes to subdue Puckett. He was transported to a separate outside hospital and treated for a laceration to the back of his head. He was transferred to California State Prison-Corcoran and has been housed in the Administrative Segregation Unit pending an investigation.

The other correctional officers involved suffered no serious injuries. They were medically evaluated at the institution and remained on duty.

Puckett was received by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on Feb. 7, 2008, from Los Angeles County to serve a sentence of 82 years, 10 months to life with the possibility of parole for two counts of rape, attempted rape, attempted sodomy, kidnap for robbery, attempted kidnapping, second-degree robbery and criminal threats to cause great bodily injury or death.

CCI opened in 1933 and houses approximately 3,500 minimum-, medium-, maximum- and high-security custody inmates. CCI offers academic classes and vocational programs and employs approximately 1,600 people. For more information, visit www.cdcr.ca.gov.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 13, 2016   

CONTACT: : Lt. JoshuaTyree


 
(661) 822-4402, Ext. 3021