Monday, October 31, 2016

Salinas Valley State Prison Investigating Inmate Homicide

SOLEDAD – Salinas Valley State Prison (SVSP) officials are investigating the death of an inmate as a homicide.

On October 29, 2016, at approximately 9:40 a.m., an inmate was attacked by two inmates on the B Facility recreation yard with an inmate-manufactured weapon. Custody staff used pepper spray blast grenades to stop the attack. Medical staff immediately performed lifesaving measures on the inmate victim. The inmate was taken to a community hospital; however, he succumbed to his injuries and passed away at 10:39 a.m.

The victim’s name is being withheld until his next of kin is notified. He was 36 years old.

Two inmates have been identified as suspects. Brant Daniel, 42, is serving life with the possibility of parole for a first-degree attempted-murder conviction from Sacramento County and has been in state prison since December 13, 2015. Leonard Dunning, 57, is serving life with the possibility of parole for a second-degree murder conviction from Los Angeles County and has been in state prison since April 7, 1994. He is also serving a four-year conviction from Imperial County imposed in 2009 for battery on a non-prisoner.

Inmate movement on Facility B has been modified to facilitate the investigation. 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, activated in 1996, houses approximately 3,700 inmates and employs approximately 1,500 people.

October 31, 2016    

CONTACT: Lt. Eduardo Mazariegos       
 (831) 678-5554

Offender Walks Away from Santa Ana Residential Treatment Facility

SANTA ANA – California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials are looking for a female offender who walked away from an Orange County reentry facility on Sunday, Oct. 30.

Maira Ibarra, 34, had been participating in the Alternative Custody Program (ACP) at Phoenix House in Santa Ana since Sept. 6, 2016. She was last seen at Phoenix House at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30.

ACP is a voluntary program developed for eligible offenders that allows them to serve up to the last 12 months of their sentence in the community in lieu of confinement in state prison. Eligible participants may be housed in a private residence, a transitional care facility or a residential drug or other treatment program. 

Ibarra was committed to CDCR on April 1, 2016, from Orange County to serve a three-year sentence for transport/sell controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, carrying a loaded firearm in public, possession of a controlled substance while armed, and carrying a concealed firearm without a permit. She was scheduled to be released to probation in November 2016.

Ibarra is an Hispanic female with brown hair and brown eyes. She is 5 feet, 4 inches tall and weighs 164 pounds. Anybody with information about her whereabouts should call 911.

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

CONTACT: Krissi Khokhobashvili
(916) 445-4950

Monday, October 24, 2016

CDCR Urges Parents to Use “Operation Boo” Halloween Safety Guide

(Media ride-along registration deadline is today Monday, October 24.)
SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s Division of Adult Parole Operations – aided by law enforcement partners statewide – is preparing to conduct the 23rd annual Halloween children’s safety project, “Operation Boo.”

Beginning today, the media is invited to partner with CDCR in spreading the word about how parents and guardians can help keep kids safe by using our online parent empowerment brochure.  The Operation Boo Parent Patrol Online Guide gives suggestions for non-threatening ways to teach children how to spot and avoid potential sexual predators. The brochure also offers links to help parents pinpoint and avoid residences of sex offenders when plotting their children’s trick-or-treat paths.

The Tradition
CDCR has been conducting and expanding Operation Boo since 1994.  Operation Boo is conducted throughout California on Halloween night. State-supervised sex offenders* are monitored closely to ensure that they don’t attempt to attract children to their homes.  The special conditions of parole imposed on sex offenders for Halloween night include:
  • A 5 p.m.-to-5 a.m. curfew during which parolees must remain indoors;
  • A ban on  exterior lights on at their homes (to discourage children from approaching);
  • A ban on offering Halloween candy and a ban on Halloween decorations;
Sex-offender parolees may open the door only to respond to law enforcement, such as parole agents checking compliance.
**There are almost 114,000 sex-offenders statewide in California; CDCR is only responsible for supervising around 5,860 of them, about 4% of the total sex-offender population in the state. For more information, please visit:

Boo  2016

badgeIn addition to the traditional compliance checks, this year’s Operation Boo will include two features added statewide in 2011.

Parent Empowerment:  Parental empowerment is key to protecting California children from sexual predators year round.  That’s why CDCR is again promoting a free downloadable brochure with helpful information and links for parents that includes:

o   How to share a fun and non-threatening Halloween activity with their children to allow discussion of dangerous behavior in adults.

o   Tips by well known organizations and experts for discussing personal safety for children.

o   Internet links to help survey the community and learn where sex offenders may live so parents and children can steer clear and report any illegal activity observed.

o   Operation Boo Parent Patrol badges for Halloween night to send a message to predators that they’re being watched, and to let everyone on the trick-or-treat trail know that parent awareness is key to keeping children safe.

The Operation Boo Information Guide for Parents and more are available here:

Halloween Night Transient Sex Offender Monitoring:  Since some sex offenders are homeless, special reporting centers will be set up in parole regions in areas where such offenders typically congregate.  Transient sex offenders will be ordered to report to a center to spend the curfew under supervision.  The centers will be part of the Halloween night media tours.

Per a prior news advisory, the deadline for media registration is today, Monday, October 24. Spots are limited and vary by region. For more information click here:
                                              Ride-alongs News Advisory
                                      Operation Boo Ride-Along Application

October 24, 2016

CONTACT: Luis Patino   
(916) 445-4950

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