Monday, January 30, 2017

Officers Injured in Inmate Attack at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility

SAN DIEGO – A correctional officer was attacked by an inmate during Friday’s evening meal at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility (RJDCF).

On Jan. 27 at around 5:20 p.m., a correctional officer was monitoring the tray slot window in a facility dining hall when inmate Sean Paul McIntire struck the officer three times in his head and face with his fists.

Additional correctional officers responded quickly and used chemical agents, batons and physical force to subdue McIntire, who received minor injuries. McIntire was treated by prison medical staff and then rehoused in the Administrative Segregation Unit.

The officer who was initially attacked received an abrasion to his right eyebrow, a cut inside his lower lip and a bump to the back of his head and was transported to an outside medical facility for treatment. A responding officer also sustained two fractures to his right ring finger and was transported to an outside medical facility.

Both officers were treated and released and are expected to make full recoveries.

McIntire was received by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on March 25, 2015, from El Dorado County to serve a life sentence for second-degree murder.

RJDCF was opened in July 1987 on approximately 780 acres in San Diego County and employs approximately 1,500 people and provides secure housing for approximately 3,100 minimum-, medium- and high-security inmates. The prison provides offenders academic and vocational education programs, work skills in prison industries and inmate self-help group activities.

RJDCF works extensively with San Diego County, in conjunction with other governmental entities, to perform many valuable services to the various communities within the county.


CONTACT: Lt. Jennifer Davies (619) 661-7802

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Pelican Bay State Prison Investigating Inmate Death as a Homicide

CRESCENT CITY – Pelican Bay State Prison (PBSP) officials are investigating the death of an inmate as a homicide.

This morning at 7:13 a.m., inmate Neil Z. Ramirez, 29, was found unresponsive in his cell. Responding staff immediately initiated cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). An ambulance was summoned. Ambulance staff assisted with CPR; however, Ramirez was pronounced dead at 7:47 a.m.

Ramirez was received into California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) custody from Los Angeles County on March 28, 2011, with an eight-year sentence for kidnapping.

Ramirez’s cellmate, age 35, has been identified as the suspect. He was received into CDCR custody from Los Angeles County on April 17, 2000, with a sentence of 50 years to life for first-degree murder. His name is being withheld pending investigation.

Investigators from the Del Norte County District Attorney’s Office are assisting. The Office of the Inspector General was notified.

PBSP is located in Del Norte County. The prison is comprised of two maximum-security facilities, two security housing unit facilities, a minimum-support facility and a short-term restricted housing unit. The prison provides treatment for mentally ill inmates and provides work, academic, career technical education, self-help and other rehabilitative programs. PBSP also has a firehouse with eight fulltime inmate firefighters. PBSP opened in 1989, currently houses approximately 2,100 inmates and employs approximately 1,300 people.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                         
January 30, 2017

Contact: Lt. Jessica Berg

 (707) 465-9040