Friday, April 26, 2013

Three Female Inmates Walk Away from Community Correctional Center in Bakersfield

BAKERSFIELD—The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials are looking for three female state prison inmates who officers discovered missing during the 9 p.m. bed count at the Female Rehabilitative Community Correctional Center (FRCCC) in Bakersfield.

The inmates are:
·         Elaina Paramore, 30, Hispanic female, 5’6” tall, 200 lbs with brown hair and brown eyes
·         Lorrena Pena, 39, Hispanic female, 5’3”, 140 lbs with black hair and brown eyes
·         Laura Serrano, 28, Hispanic female, 5’7”, 250 lbs with brown hair and brown eyes

Paramore was committed to CDCR on December 5, 2012 from San Diego County to serve a four-year sentence for child endangerment and attempting to introduce a controlled substance into a jail/prison.

Pena was committed to CDCR on January 24, 2013 from Los Angeles County to serve a two-year sentence for first-degree burglary.

Serrano was committed to CDCR on January 21, 2010 from Kings County to serve a two-year, eight-month sentence for possession of a controlled substance for sale.

CDCR has sent staff and resources to locate and apprehend the inmates. The California Highway Patrol and local law enforcement have been contacted for assistance.

If anyone has information about or knowledge of the location of these individuals, immediately contact 911 or (916) 201-5567.

The FRCCC offers treatment services, counseling and more than 30 classes a week to female inmates in a community-based environment. To be eligible for the program inmates must be low-security, serving a sentence for a non-serious, non-violent offense and must have 36 months or less to serve. On average, female inmates serve approximately 10 months and some as long as 16 months in the rehabilitative center.


April 26, 2013
Contact: Dana Simas
(916) 445-4950

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

CDCR and Riverside County Sign Contract to Allow County Jail Inmates to Participate in State Fire Camps

Utilizing inmates in camps will ease Riverside County’s jail population
and improve prospects for rehabilitation

RIVERSIDE – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and the Riverside County Board of Supervisors finalized a first-of-its-kind contract Tuesday that allows the County Sheriff to utilize jail inmates in the state’s fire camps.

“This historic agreement is another great example of the state working with counties to protect public safety,” CDCR Secretary Jeff Beard said. “This partnership will allow us to provide fire protection during what may promise to be a very busy fire season while at the same time rehabilitating lower level offenders.”

The contract allows Riverside County to ease its jail population and ensures enough able-bodied inmates are available to help with fire suppression and in other emergencies, such as floods and earthquakes. Because only low-level offenders may participate in such programs, the state’s Conservation Camps population is anticipated to decline since the implementation of Public Safety Realignment (Assembly Bill 109). Under the law, offenders convicted after October 1, 2011 of non-serious, non-violent, and non-sex crimes stay in county jail to serve their sentence.

The five-year contract stipulates the county will pay the state $46.19 per inmate per day which covers housing/supervision costs by CDCR as well as training costs for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention (CAL FIRE).

CDCR jointly manages 39 adult and juvenile camps with CAL FIRE and five adult camps with the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Approximately 3,800 offenders currently participate in the Conservation Camps Program. In an average year, the fire crews provide more than 2.5 million hours of emergency response work and save the state more than $80 million annually. The crews are available year-round, and have helped to contain and mitigate all of California’s major disasters since 1946, including wildfires, floods, heavy snows, search and rescue operations, and earthquakes.

For Immediate Release

April 24, 2013
Contact:  Jonathan Parsley or Dana Simas
(916) 445-4950

Monday, April 15, 2013

Condemned Inmate Justin Alan Helzer Death

SAN QUENTIN – Condemned inmate Justin Alan Helzer, 41, who was on California’s death row from Contra Costa County, was pronounced dead at San Quentin State Prison late Sunday evening, April 14, 2013. The death is being investigated as a suicide. He was single-celled.

Helzer was sentenced to death, along with his brother Glenn Helzer, on March 11, 2005, by a Contra Costa County jury for killing Ivan Stineman, Annette Stineman, Selina Bishop, Jennifer Villarin, and James Gamble in an extortion and murder scheme. Helzer had been on death row since March 11, 2005.

Since 1978 when California reinstated capital punishment, 58 condemned inmates have died from natural causes, 22 have committed suicide, 13 have been executed in California, one was executed in Missouri; and six have died from other causes. There are 733 offenders on California’s death row.

April 15, 2013
Contact: Lt. Samuel Robinson
(415) 455-5008

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Setting the Record Straight on Realignment

Realignment is not an “early release program.” No state prison inmates have been or will be released early.

There have been no inmate transfers from state prison to county jails.

The state has provided funding to the counties to help meet any increased expenses under Realignment -- $400 million in 2011, rising to more than $850 million in 2012, and more than $1 billion in 2013-2014.

CDCR does not decide which crimes are “serious” or “violent”; those are defined by the California Penal Code.

What is Realignment?

Realignment is a big change for everyone. California is legally required by a federal Three-Judge Panel (a decision affirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court) to reduce prison overcrowding to 110,000 inmates or face the wholesale early and unsupervised release of approximately 33,000 inmates. Realignment has helped the State reduce its number of inmates by more than 24,500 while providing counties with billions of dollars in funding to adjust to this unprecedented shift. The inmate reduction will help California end costly litigation and an expensive Receivership, which benefits all Californians.

In the past, all inmates released from state prison were supervised by state parole. Beginning October 1, 2011, after serving their legally required state prison sentences, inmates with a current commitment offense that is non-serious, non-violent or non high-risk sex offense are supervised by county probation. All others continue to report to state parole.

Offenders convicted after October 1, 2011 of a crime defined by the California Penal Code as non-serious, non-violent or non-sex offense stay in county jail to serve their court-ordered sentences.

Parole violations are now served in county jail.