Wednesday, September 29, 2010

CDCR Removes Albert Brown's Execution from Calendar In Response To California Supreme Court Decision

SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) has removed the scheduled execution of condemned inmate Albert Greenwood Brown Jr. from the calendar after the California Supreme Court on Wednesday denied the state’s request to move the execution forward as scheduled.

Although the State of California prevailed in the Court of Appeal, the state cannot carry out the execution, which had been scheduled for September 30, 2010, until the Supreme Court proceedings are final. The Supreme Court order indicates that more time is needed to review the challenges presented by the involved parties. The state is confident it will ultimately prevail on this issue.

The state is unable to appeal Wednesday’s court decision because it involves an issue of state law on which the California Supreme Court is the final authority.

Attached is the court order denying the state’s request to carry out the execution as scheduled.

September 29, 2010
Contact: Terry Thornton
(916) 445-4950

Monday, September 27, 2010

Scheduled Execution of Albert Greenwood Brown Reset for September 30

SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) has rescheduled the execution of Albert Greenwood Brown Jr. following a temporary reprieve issued today by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to allow condemned inmate Brown to exhaust all appeals under the law.

This reprieve, which expires at 11:59 p.m. Sept. 29, 2010, was issued to allow the California Supreme Court time to review lower court decisions in the various legal challenges surrounding the scheduled execution of inmate Brown. The scheduled execution has been rescheduled for 9 p.m., Sept. 30, 2010 at San Quentin State Prison.

Please see “Statement of Decision” issued by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for more information.

For further information, updates on the rescheduled execution as well as fact sheets on capital punishment, please visit the CDCR website at


September 27, 2010

Contact: Gordon Hinkle / Terry Thornton

(916) 445-4950

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Inmate Dies Following Incident At high Desert State Prison

Susanville – On Saturday, September 25 at approximately 11 a.m., a 40-year-old High Desert State Prison (HDSP) inmate was shot and later died of injuries after being involved in a fight with other inmates that required staff to use firearms.

The incident is currently under investigation by the Office of the Inspector General Bureau of Independent Review and the High Desert State Prison Investigative Services unit. Additionally, the Lassen County District Attorney’s Office and the Office of Internal Affairs have been notified.

The incident began when two inmates attacked a third inmate while on the recreational yard. During the course of the incident one of the inmates began to choke another inmate, to the point of unconsciousness. In an effort to prevent significant bodily injury and possible death, an officer fired one (1) .223 round from their state issued Mini 14 Rifle. The round struck an inmate in the upper body.

The shot inmate was immediately taken to the High Desert State Prison Correctional Treatment Center’s Treatment and Triage Area, where life saving efforts continued until 11:50 am, when the inmate was pronounced deceased by the on call physician.

Involved inmate #1, the shooting victim, has been housed at HDSP since May 1, 2007; received from San Francisco County and was serving a life term without the possibility of parole for first degree murder, attempted murder, rape by force, and first degree burglary with use of a weapon.

Involved inmate #2, 25, has been housed at HDSP since April 8, 2008; received from Contra Costa County and is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for first-degree murder.

Involved inmate #3, 35, has been housed at HDSP since March 8, 2005; received from Kings County and is serving a 52-year to life sentence for attempted murder, shooting into an inhabited dwelling.

The names of the involved inmates and victim are being withheld pending investigation into this incident and notification to the next of kin. The prison will remain on suspended program pending the conclusion of the on-site investigation by The Office of the Inspector General. There were no staff injuries as a result of the incident.

High Desert State Prison, located in Lassen County, opened in 1995 and houses approximately 5,000 minimum-, medium-, and maximum-custody inmates. The institution employs more than 1,400 people and provides academic, trade and vocational training to incarcerated inmates.

Contact: Lt. Charlie Hahn
(530) 251-5501 x5501

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

California State Prison, Sacramento Inmate Garden Project Feeds Rescued Animals at Folsom Zoo

SACRAMENTO – Today inmates at California State Prison, Sacramento (SAC) will harvest their fifth crop to feed rescued animals at the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary in a new partnership between the prison, the zoo and a local retail store in Folsom. To date, more than 400 pounds of vegetables have been harvested and fed to rescued animals.

During a meeting earlier this year at the Folsom Chamber of Commerce, SAC Warden Tim Virga, in a discussion with City of Folsom Parks and Recreation Director, Robert Goss, learned that Goss’ department, which manages the zoo, faced significant financial challenges because of the weak economy. Some city personnel have been laid off and city agencies were asked to reduce their expenditures.

Warden Virga thought of a way the prison could help. Minimum Support Facility inmates could grow vegetables on prison grounds to help reduce the city’s costs for feed for the animals at the zoo. The Folsom Zoo Inmate Garden Project was launched.

“This is an opportunity for the inmates to give something back to the community,” Warden Virga said, “and for the institution to be a good neighbor, especially during these tough economic times.”

“We are so impressed that our local prison officials are willing to engage in this community partnership,” said Goss. “We are hopeful this will be a long-term relationship.”

Approximately 280 Level I inmates at the prison are available for work assignments in areas such as landscaping, janitorial and building maintenance. The inmates who work in the Folsom Zoo Inmate Garden Project come from a weed abatement crew. The project saves funds for the city and there is no cost to the state. Inmates take pride in meaningful work that helps rescued animals in the community.

On July 23, representatives of the Zoo Sanctuary picked up the first two bushels of squash and peppers. Zoo officials pick up harvests every two weeks. Each harvest has averaged approximately 100 pounds of vegetables, including squash, peppers, cabbage, sunflower seeds and spinach.

The Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary is home to wild animals and birds, including those injured, abandoned and not able to return to the wild. There are blue and double yellow amazons, macaws and golden eagles; tigers and cougars; and four bears named “Tahoe,” “Sequoia,” “Marty” and “Woody.” Marty had been shot in the hip and Tahoe’s mother had been injured and disappeared so the cub was left to fend for herself. Both were rescued by the zoo and have been friends ever since. They all love to eat.

After the idea for the Folsom Zoo Inmate Garden Project took place in January, SAC’s Community Resource Manager Marc Elia, in coordination with the zoo, compiled a wish list of the animals’ favorite food. The Wal-Mart Superstore in Folsom agreed to supply the institution with all the seed required for the project.

As it rained in March and April, it seemed as though Mother Nature would not cooperate, but institution landscaper Joseph Beck supervised inmates cultivating the seed in the institution’s greenhouse. As soon as the rains stopped an area was tilled and the crop was transplanted.

Many more treats continue to be harvested for the zoo’s birds, bears, tigers, and monkeys. Beck is already propagating a winter planting as the institution looks forward to making the project an ongoing endeavor.

A media photo opportunity will be held at 2:00 today to photograph this week’s harvest at California State Prison, Sacramento, Prison Road, Represa, California. Any members of the media wishing to attend should call Mike York, Public Information Officer, at (916) 294-3012.

For additional information on the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, visit

For Immediate Release Contact: 
Peggy Bengs (916) 445-4950
Mike York (916) 294-3012