Thursday, August 25, 2016

New Report: California’s Return-to-Prison Rate Falls for the Fifth Straight Year to 44.6 percent

Report shows substance abuse treatment is a major factor in reducing recidivism
SACRAMENTO – The rate at which offenders return to state prison continues to fall, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). CDCR released its latest annual recidivism report today and it shows the total three-year return-to-prison rate for all offenders released during fiscal year 2010-2011 is 44.6 percent, down from 54.3 percent last year.

“Most offenders sent to prison are eventually released, and so rehabilitation is in everyone’s best interest – our staff, the inmates and the community at large,” said CDCR Secretary Scott Kernan. “The latest recidivism rate shows that we’re helping more inmates learn how to live a law-abiding, productive life.”

The rate at which people return to prison has consistently trended downward since fiscal year 2005-2006 when the rate was 67.5 percent. For the first time, more people released in one year stayed out of prison than returned.

CDCR also examines the return-to-prison rates of offenders who received in-prison substance abuse treatment and community-based substance abuse treatment programs. Offenders who received both in-prison substance abuse treatment and completed post-release aftercare had a 15.3 percent return-to-prison rate, the lowest of all people released in fiscal year 2010-2011.

CDCR tracks the 95,690 people who were released from state prison after serving their sentence between July 1, 2010, and June 30, 2011, for three years. Not only are their one-, two- and three-year return-to-prison rates analyzed, offender demographics and characteristics including age, gender, ethnicity, length of sentence, type of offense, county of commitment, prior incarcerations, mental health status and risk for a reconviction are also examined.

The implementation of Public Safety Realignment in 2011 continues to have an impact on the state’s return-to-prison rate. Under Realignment, no offenders were released early. Effective October 1, 2011, offenders arrested on a parole violation or convicted of non-violent, non-serious, non-registrable sex offense felonies serve their sentences under county supervision instead of in state prison. Although all the offenders in the fiscal year 2010-2011 cohort were released before the passage of Assembly Bill 109, the law was in effect for varying amounts of time during their three-year follow-up period and contributed to the decline in the number of people returning to prison for parole violations.

CDCR studies recidivism by tracking arrests, convictions and returns to prison and uses returns to prison as its primary measure. An offender is counted as a recidivist if he or she has returned to state prison for a new crime or for a parole violation within a three-year period. This approach is consistent with previous reports so policymakers and researchers have year-to-year comparisons.

The latest Outcome Evaluation Report is published annually by CDCR’s Office of Research, which provides research, data analysis and evaluation to implement and assess evidence-based programs and practices, strengthen policy, inform management decisions and ensure accountability. The office has reported the rates at which adult offenders return to prison following release from state prison since 1977.

August 25, 2016

CONTACT: Terry Thornton 
 (916) 445-4950
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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Inmate Death at California Medical Facility Being Investigated as a Possible Homicide

VACAVILLE – Officials at California Medical Facility (CMF) in Vacaville are investigating the death of an inmate as a possible homicide.

On Monday, August 22, 2016, at approximately 10:35 p.m., a 66-year-old CMF inmate was found unresponsive in a dormitory lying face down in a pool of blood. Life-saving measures were initiated and he was transported to the CMF Medical Clinic, where he was pronounced dead at 11:14 p.m.

The deceased inmate was received from Fresno County on July 10, 1986, and was serving a life sentence with the possibility of parole for first-degree murder with the use of a firearm and attempted second-degree murder with great bodily injury. The inmate’s name is being withheld pending notification of his next of kin.

The incident is being investigated by CMF’s Investigative Services Unit. The dormitory has been sealed as a crime scene and the 30 inmates housed there at the time have been transferred to the Administrative Segregation Unit pending the investigation. The Solano County District Attorney’s Office, the Solano County Coroner’s Office and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s Special Service Unit are assisting with the investigation. The Office of the Inspector General was notified.

CMF administrators have modified inmate movement to facilitate the ongoing investigation.

No staff members were injured as a result of this incident.

CMF was established in 1955 and houses minimum-, medium-, maximum- and high-security inmates. CMF has a Correctional Treatment Center, inpatient and outpatient psychiatric facilities, a Hospice Unit for terminally ill inmates, and general population. Additionally, the Department of State Hospitals operates a licensed, Acute Care Psychiatric Hospital and an Intermediate Care Facility within CMF. The prison houses approximately 2,600 inmates and employs nearly 2,000 people.

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Contact: Lt. Andre Gonzales
 (707) 449-6509

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Four Correctional Officers Recovering After Inmate Attack

SAN DIEGO – Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility officials are investigating a staff assault that sent four correctional officers to the hospital.

On August 17, 2016, at 2 p.m., inmate Charles Morgan, 33, spit on a correctional officer and struck him in the face. Inmate Morgan then attacked a responding officer by striking her in the face and knocking her to the ground where she hit the back of her head. Morgan struck two more officers who responded to the incident by hitting them with his fists and elbows. Officers used pepper spray and physical force to subdue and restrain the inmate.

The four officers were taken to an outside hospital for treatment. Three officers suffered minor injuries. One officer suffered a concussion and was treated for a head injury. She was released and is recovering at home with her family. All the officers are expected to recover.

Inmate Morgan was treated by medical staff at the prison and last night was admitted to a hospital in the community.

Inmate Morgan was admitted to state prison on January 7, 2013, from San Diego County and is serving a six-year sentence for assault with a deadly weapon. In 2001, he served a two-year sentence from San Luis Obispo County for battery on a peace officer. In 2004, while still in custody, Morgan received a two-year sentence from San Diego County for battery on a non-prisoner. And in 2005, he battered on a correctional officer and received a three-year sentence from San Diego County for battery on a non-prisoner inflicting great bodily injury.

Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility opened in July 1987 on approximately 780 acres in San Diego County. The primary mission of the prison is to provide housing and supervision for minimum- to high-security inmates. Designed as a training and work-oriented facility, RJDCF provides health care, vocational, academic and industrial programs for nearly 3,200 male inmates and employs about 1,500 people.

AUGUST 18, 2016

(619) 661-7802