Wednesday, March 29, 2017

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Event at Fremont Park

WHAT:              The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) will commemorate National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) with a special event at Fremont Park April 4.
                        This year’s theme, “Strength, Resilience, Justice,” reflects a vision for the future in which all victims are strengthened by the response they receive, organizations are resilient in response to challenges, and communities are able to seek collective justice and healing.

                        CDCR’s special guest speaker is Sacramento-area crime survivor Victoria Hurd, whose elderly parents were murdered in 2013. Victoria has emboldened fellow survivors by working to bridge the gap between devastating loss and recovery.

                        CDCR Secretary Scott Kernan will also speak, as will Nolice Edwards, CDCR’s Office of Victim and Survivor Rights and Services (OVSRS) Chief.

                        The Office of the Attorney General’s Victim Services program and other advocacy groups, including Crime Victims United of California, the Crime Victims Assistance Network, and Parents of Murdered Children will be on hand to promote NCVRW and share information about resources available to victims and their families.

WHO:             Crime Victim Survivor Victoria Hurd
                        CDCR Secretary Scott Kernan
                        CDCR OVSRS Chief Nolice Edwards
                        California State Prison, Sacramento Honor Guard
WHEN:          Tuesday, April 4, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE:        Fremont Park
                        1515 Q St, Sacramento, CA 95811

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Officer injured in staff assault at California Health Care Facility

STOCKTON ― A correctional officer was injured after an inmate attack in a facility walkway at California Health Care Facility (CHCF) Tuesday.

At approximately 1:37 p.m., an inmate left a housing unit at CHCF and entered a walkway, where correctional officers instructed him to return to his housing unit. The inmate refused the direct order and struck a correctional officer in the face with his fist. He continued down the walkway, refusing all orders to get down. Two members of CHCF custody staff utilized a baton and physical force to bring the inmate to the ground and place him in restraints.

The officer who was struck in the face was treated at an outside hospital and required five sutures to his lower lip. He was released from the hospital Tuesday and returned to duty Wednesday.

The inmate sustained a scratch on his forehead and was rehoused in an Administrative Segregation Unit after a medical evaluation.

CHCF was opened in 2013 and provides medical care and mental health treatment to inmates who have the most severe and long-term needs. CHCF employs approximately 3,600 people and provides secure housing and treatment for approximately 2,400 inmates.

The 1.4 million square foot facility is certified to provide intermediate-level care and to complement less-acute treatment provided in other prisons operated by CDCR. The 54-building complex is located in South Stockton on the sites of the former Karl Holton and DeWitt Nelson Youth Correctional Facilities.

March 29, 2017

CONTACT: Lt. Stephen Zanini
(209) 467-2512 


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Inmate Who Walked Away from Mount Bullion Conservation Camp Apprehended

MARIPOSA – A minimum-security inmate who walked away from the Sierra Conservation Center (SCC) Mount Bullion Conservation Camp (CC #39) in Mariposa County on March 21 has been apprehended.

Inmate Blake Castro, 31, was apprehended at approximately 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 21, by the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office after a property owner notified law enforcement of a suspicious person in Catheys Valley. Castro was taken into custody without incident and will be returned to SCC.

Castro was reported missing during an inmate count Monday, March 20. He was last seen at 2 a.m. Monday in his assigned housing unit.

CDCR, CAL FIRE, the California Highway Patrol and local law enforcement agencies were notified and assisted in the search for Castro.

Castro was committed to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on Aug. 2, 2016, from Fresno County to serve a four-year sentence for inflicting corporal injury on a spouse/cohabitant. He was scheduled to be released in November 2018.

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

March 21, 2017 

CONTACT: Krissi Khokhobashvili
  (916) 445-4950