Tuesday, August 31, 2010

CPAT Finds More Than 2,500 Parolees-At-Large in less than 8 Months

CDCR Parole Reforms Lead to Lowest Number of Parolees-At-Large in 15 years

(Sacramento, CA) – The California Parole Apprehension Team (CPAT) - created as part of the Governor’s parole reforms - in less than 8 months has arrested or located 2,598 parolees-at-large, a record for the fastest and largest reduction of fleeing offenders in state history.

The number of parolees who have absconded parole supervision and are currently at large in California has decreased from 15,927 when CPAT units were formed in January, 2010 to 13,329 by mid-August.

The current number of 13,329 active parolees-at-large (PALs) is also the lowest in at least 15 years. By comparison, the highest number of PALs in California occurred in 2003 when there were 19,954.

The establishment of CPAT is part of the recent parole reforms by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) that directs more intense focus on those individuals that pose the most risk to public safety.

“This is a significant and ongoing victory for public safety,” said CDCR’s Division of Adult Parole Operations Director Robert Ambroselli, who oversees the unit. “Dedicated parole agents and staff work tirelessly every day to protect Californians. Parole reforms have allowed us to focus on the most serious offenders who are highest risk for potentially harming someone in the public.”

The new apprehension team was created in part through a reallocation of resources made possible by recent parole reforms. CPAT team members have received extensive training in fugitive apprehension, database searches, social networking, field tactics and firearms training at CDCR’s Office of Correctional Safety Academy. CDCR has equipped CPAT with computer technology to help seek and find high-risk PALs, including locating deceased PALs or those taken into custody in other states. CPAT teams consist of a Regional Intelligence (Intel) Unit located in each of four regional offices and multiple field apprehension teams spread throughout the regions.

For examples of parolees captured and for the history of the Division of Adult Parole Operations efforts to capture parolees-at-large, visit the department’s web site at http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/.

Also, please see attached fact sheets on recent arrests, history and statistics.

Recent Arrests

Of the 2,598 parolees-at-large captures, 90 were sex offenders, and approximately 75 percent were classified as High Control. Some examples of PALs recently apprehended for non-compliance include:

Orlando Zamudiomolina, who was re-arrested in an incident involving four other suspected criminal gang-members, large quantities of methamphetamine, and the confiscation of a loaded M 16 Assault Rifle. When Redwood City Police requested assistance weeding out several known and heavily-armed gang members at an apartment complex, in July 2010, CPAT teamed up with the San Mateo County Gang Task Force (GTF). The Redwood City Police Street Crimes Team tipped off CPAT and GTF to an armed gang den. The joint forces created a perimeter and went in. Officers used tasers and pepper-spray in the struggle that ensued. Zamudiomolina, a convicted car thief, had served time in 2009. When parolee Zamudiomolina was stopped by CPAT, GTF and Redwood police, on July 22, 2010, he had a large quantity of methamphetamine in his pants pockets. CPAT also found a loaded M-16 assault rifle underneath a car where Zamudiomolina and the other suspects had been standing. The M-16 was loaded with a full 30 round magazine and one round already in the chamber. A handgun and several more bundles of meth were also found in the search of the suspects and their location.

Viet Qouc Huynh Mai, is a known member of a notorious San Jose street gang. He was originally incarcerated in 2002 for two counts of Assault with a Semi Automatic Rifle. CPAT wanted Mai for questioning in the gang-related shooting homicide of a woman - possibly committed by one of his associates and in which Mai may have been involved. CPAT tracked him down, arrested him on July 15, 2010 and found a pound and a half of marijuana, pay-owe sheets, packaging material, a knife and a concealable gun holster in the room of his mother’s house where he had been staying.

CPAT History & Statistics

Attention to the issue of parolees-at-large in California heightened in 1995 when Deputy Frank Vasquez Trejo was shot and killed by a parolee with an extensive criminal history and member of an infamous prison gang. The uproar surrounding the death of the 35-year veteran officer, who was a father and grandfather, led to the passage of Senate Bill 856, which established 35 ‘non-ratio’ parole agent positions specifically to target the apprehension of parolees-at-large. At that time, 17,688 parolees were at large in California, which was 19 percent of the total parolee population, or almost double the U.S. Department of Justice’s national average of 10 percent for parolees who abandon parole. (The ability to track parole absconders was considerably reinforced with the passage of SB 3x18, which allowed the department to shift additional resources to apprehension efforts).

On August 1, 2010, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) launched historic parole reforms, phasing in 2009 legislation passed by the Legislature and signed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and implementing a new parole supervision model. With an overall goal to concentrate parole supervision resources on those parolees proven to be a high risk to commit a crime, CDCR is significantly lowering parole case loads from 70 parolees per agent to 48 parolees per agent. In addition, the parole division increased its efforts to capture parolees who have absconded from supervision, and placed more than 800 known gang members on active Global Positioning System (GPS) monitoring. CDCR dedicated 47 parole agents, supervisors and parole service associates and $70,000.00 in technology to search for these individuals.

As of August 15, 2010 the number of parolees-at-large is 13,329, 12.5 percent of the total parolee population, which is near the national average. The number of parolees-at-large, in two of the four California parole regions, are now below or near the national average.

For Immediate Release Contact:
Gordon Hinkle (916) 445-4950
Luis PatiƱo (916) 445-4950

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Visiting On Labor Day To Be Cancelled In State Prisons and Camps

Cost-saving move is expected to save hundreds of thousands of dollars

SACRAMENTO – In response to the State of California’s continued budget impasse, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) will not have visiting on Labor Day, Monday, September 6, 2010 in all institutions and camps. The visiting closure will save approximately $325,000.

Normal visiting will still be held on Saturday and Sunday, September 4, and 5.

“Because of the state’s serious fiscal condition without a budget in place, we must take this measure to preserve funds and ensure our corrections system continues to run safely and efficiently,” said Terri McDonald, CDCR Chief Deputy Secretary of Adult Operations.

California Law establishes five approved holiday visiting days: New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Labor Day is the least frequented of the five approved holiday visiting days.

CDCR is in the process of assessing and implementing several long-term strategies to reduce operational costs. Since fewer people visit on Labor Day, CDCR plans to initiate a change to state regulations and permanently remove Labor Day from the visiting schedule. Of the current potential fiscal reductions being reviewed, this is the only strategy impacting the visiting program.

“Despite these challenges, we continue to recognize the importance of visiting as a means of maintaining family and community connections,” McDonald said.

The Labor Day visiting closure will not affect scheduled family visiting. Juvenile and contract bed facilities will remain unaffected as will approved compassionate hospital visits, attorney visits and mandated court visits.

Gordon Hinkle
Terry Thornton
(916) 445-4950

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Condemned Inmate Diaz Dies of Natural Causes

SAN QUENTIN – Condemned inmate Robert Rubane Diaz, 72, who was on California’s death row from Riverside County, died of natural causes at a community hospital on August 11, 2010 at 9:30 a.m.

Diaz was received onto California’s death row on June 19, 1984 with 12 counts of first-degree murder with special circumstances. He was sentenced to death in Riverside County on June 15, 1984 for the 1981 deaths of 12 hospital patients, aged 52 to 95, who had died from lethal levels of a heart medication. The patients died in hospitals where Diaz was employed as a nurse.

Since 1978 when California reinstated capital punishment, 51 condemned inmates have died from natural causes, 17 committed suicide, 13 were executed in California, one was executed in Missouri, five died from other causes and one is pending the cause of death.

As of August 11, 2010, there are 706 people on California’s death row.

Lt. Sam Robinson, (415) 455-5008
Terry Thornton, (916) 445-4950

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

CDCR Unveils Website to Alert the Public When Sex Offenders Remove GPS Tracking Devices

Media, Public Invited to Subscribe Free to New Alert Service

SACRAMENTO -- The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) today unveiled a new web page that notifies the public when a sex offender removes his or her Global Positioning Satellite ankle monitor for the purposes of evading parole supervision.

The new web page posts the parolee’s name, physical description, picture and last known whereabouts of those registered offenders on parole who have removed their ankle monitor. Alerts will be updated within hours of a warrant being issued.

Members of the media and the public are invited to subscribe via email to the alert system free of charge.

This web page was established following a directive issued last week by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger that CDCR notify the public and the media whenever a paroled sex offender removes his or her GPS unit and absconds from parole.

CDCR already notifies law enforcement through the California Department of Justice’s Criminal Intelligence and Investigation system alerts. The parolee descriptors are located in Parole Law Enforcement Automated Data System (LEADS).

To subscribe to alerts, visit the new web page www.cdcr.ca.gov/parole/GPS-Wanted-Alerts.html and input your email address. For more information on California parole reform and public safety efforts please visit: www.cdcr.ca.gov and click on the Parole tab.

Terry Thornton

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Sunday, August 8, 2010

Sex Offender Removed GPS Monitoring at Large

Cassidy Galispie is an African American Male with brown eyes and brown hair. He is 6 feet 3 inches tall, weighing 330 lbs. This parolee is being sought by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Should you see or know of this parolees' whereabouts do not contact, confront or attempt to apprehend this parolee. Notify your local law enforcement agency immediatly.

Offender Removed GPS Device - Currently at Large

Parolee Shane Edward Tscherny is an African American male, 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighing 220 lbs. He has brown hair and brown eyes. He us being sought by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Should you see or know of this parolees' whereabouts do not contact, confront or attempt to apprehend this parolee. Notify your local law enforcement agency immediatly.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Offender Removed GPS Monitoring Device and is At Large

Ernest Lee Mosley is an African American male, 6 feet 2 inches tall, weighing 180 lbs. He is being sought by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Should you see or know of this Parolee's whereabouts do not contact, confront or attempt to apprehend him. Notify your local law enforcement agency immediatly.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

CDCR Launches Historic Parole Reforms to Increase Public Safety

Nearly 2000 Parolees-At-Large Captured in Past Six Months

Sacramento -- To better protect public safety by lowering parole agent caseloads and providing closer supervision for at-risk parolees, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) launched historic parole reforms on August 1, phasing in 2009 legislation passed by the legislature and signed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and implementing a new parole supervision model.

With an overall focus to concentrate parole supervision resources on those parolees proven to be a high risk to commit a crime, CDCR is significantly lowering parolee to agent case loads from 70 parolees per agent to 48 parolees per agent. In addition, the parole division increased its efforts to capture parolees who have absconded from supervision, placed more than 800 known gang members on active Global Position System (GPS) monitoring, and launched operation Safe Playground – an effort to find and arrest sex offenders who have absconded from their parole supervision.

To date, efforts by the California Parole Apprehension Teams (CPAT) have led to the capture of 1,979 parolees – including 100 sex offenders – who have absconded from their parole supervision.

“The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has taken a bold and much needed step in finding more effective ways to supervise parolees that will bring California more in line with national standards,” said Governor Schwarzenegger. “Along with expanded funding for new prisons through AB 900, these reforms are going to improve public safety by concentrating on those most likely to re-offend, and helping those coming out of prison to become productive members of society.”

The California Parole Supervision and Reintegration model – adapted for California from national research with proven results to lower recidivism – began on August 1st in four counties where agents will begin managing smaller parolee caseloads in order to more aggressively manage higher-risk parolees. The lower caseloads will allow agents to proactively connect parolees to community resources – such as job training and substance abuse prevention classes – during the first 60 days out of prison, which is considered the most critical time of their parole.

Caseloads in Kern, Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Sonoma counties will be first to see caseloads reduced to the 48 to one ratio. CDCR has been working toward this significant caseload model since SB 3x 18 was signed last fall by the Governor, who redirected a portion of the savings from the reforms to provide additional funding to hire more than 400 additional agents. CDCR is actively training new parole agents. By this time next year, nearly 440 new agents will have been added to California’s parole ranks.

Parolees released from prison to the lower caseloads will undergo a “60-day transitional phase” that includes greater local supervision and enrollment in community based services, such as mental health or substance abuse treatment programs. Education planning and workforce preparation will also be provided during that critical period.

CDCR Secretary Matthew Cate believes the new supervision model will significantly enhance public safety by allowing agents more time to anticipate and find solutions to a parolee’s criminal behavior.

“We’re fortunate to have the most talented and best trained parole staff in the nation,” said Secretary Cate. “What they need, however, is more time to focus on those parolees who need the most attention, and follow what experts have demonstrated to be the most effective way to supervise individuals transitioning from prison to a crime-free life.”

The legislation, AB 3x 18, also authorized CDCR to place inmates who are scientifically evaluated as being low risk on unsupervised parole known as Non-Revocable Parole. This allows agents to concentrate their skills on the remaining parole population that is considered a higher risk. Together with adding more agents, CDCR can adopt the proven supervision model recommended by national experts to benefit public safety.

Experts agree that this is a significant improvement from the way California has handled parolee caseloads since the late 1980s.

“I applaud parole's continued effort to improve parole supervision and reentry efforts, said Sheldon Zhang, Professor and Department of Sociology Chair at California State University, San Diego. “We are all aware of the fact that there are no silver bullets in reducing parolee recidivism, but that doesn't mean we should stop exploring and testing different reentry strategies. The new parole model reflects many promising correctional strategies that have been found to produce positive outcomes elsewhere in the nation. California Parole was at one time the trend setter in the nation and there is no reason it can't regain its leadership position again.”

CDCR’s Director of the Division of Adult Parole Operations, Robert Ambroselli, believes public safety will be improved overall the more time agents can spend with parolees on their caseload.

“The new supervision model encourages parole staff to build a relationship with parolees, which improves public safety,” said Ambroselli. “National studies show that agents need time to identify the specific reasons for a person’s criminal behavior, and then use existing community treatment and training to maximize the potential for a safe transition. With reduced caseloads, agents are in a much better position to enforce terms of parole and arrest those who break the law.”

Ambroselli’s division embarked on major reforms last year by forming the California Parole Reform Task Force, a 19-member body comprised of local law enforcement, state correctional facility and parole administrators, parole agents, treatment specialists and national public safety policy leaders. The task force reviewed a number of national studies and other state models before making recommendations now adopted as part of the parole division’s “Five Year Roadmap” designed to implement effective supervision strategies. Implementation of the projects outlined in the “Five Year Roadmap,” began last September and are being implemented throughout 2010. Other significant highlights of the “Five Year Roadmap” include:
  • Tailoring supervision goals and conditions to meet each individual parolee's specific criminogenic needs;
  • Ensuring that contacts with parolees, friends and family of parolees and local agencies are substantive and geared toward addressing the offender's criminogenic needs;
  •  Reserving intensive supervision for the more serious offenders;
  • Placing 1,000 parolee gang members on active GPS supervision and add 2,000 electronic tracking devices for parole violators as an alternative to incarceration or sanction;
  • Enhancing GPS monitoring requirements for sex offenders on parole.
  • Reducing span of control for parole District Administrators from overseeing eight units to five units, essentially reducing the number of staff under their supervision in half to improve management and oversight;
  • Providing specified training by field training officers to guide and mentor new agents the first 10 weeks on the job; and
  • Providing promotional and supervisory experience to Parole Agent II specialists.
Additional Information and Links of Interest:
What The Experts Say (PDF)
National Studies on Parole Reform (PDF)
Parole's Five-Year Roadmap

For more information:
Contact: Gordon Hinkle, Luis Patino
(916) 445-4950

Monday, August 2, 2010

CDCR, Federal Receiver Sign Agreement with Stockton Leaders

New Prison Health Care Facility Will Add Jobs for Region and Provide Treatment for Inmates

STOCKTON – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and California Prison Health Care Services (CPHCS) today signed an agreement with Stockton area leaders to construct a 1,722-bed inmate medical facility, to be called the California Health Care Facility-Stockton. It will be built on the site of the former Karl Holton Youth Correctional Facility, southeast of the City of Stockton.

“We are very pleased to announce that we have reached an agreement on this historic health care project,” said federal Receiver J. Clark Kelso. “This will provide much needed economic growth for the county and efficient health care services for CDCR inmates. It brings California one step closer to complying with federal court orders for inmate health care.”

Construction activities will support nearly 5,500 jobs in the regional economy, including up to 1,700 construction workers per day on site. When completed, the facility will create more than 2,400 civil servant jobs and infuse an estimated $220 million annually into the San Joaquin County economy.

Under the agreement, the county could receive $1 million in sales tax revenue from construction equipment and supplies.

The 1,722-bed medical facility will be designed to treat physically and mentally ill state prison inmates. Construction will begin in 2010 and is expected to be completed within three years. Security will include a 13-foot tall lethal electrified fence surrounding the facility and a 24-hour roving patrol, among other features.

The Receiver is charged with bringing the level of health care to a constitutional standard for 165,000 inmates in 33 prisons statewide.

For information on CPHCS, please see http://www.cphcs.ca.gov/. For more information on the California Health Care Facility-Stockton construction project, please see this link: http://www.cphcs.ca.gov/project_const.aspx


Gordon Hinkle, CDCR
(916) 445-4950
Joyce Hayhoe, CPHCS
(916) 322-0017