Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Inmate Death at Mule Creek State Prison Under Investigation

IONE– Investigators at Mule Creek State Prison (MCSP) and the Amador County District Attorney’s Office are investigating the death of an inmate as a possible homicide due to injuries received during an apparent in-cell disturbance on Tuesday, May 28.

Inmate Orlando Carbonell, 50, was pronounced dead this morning at MCSP after prison officials found him unresponsive in his cell.

Prison officials have named his cellmate, Efrain Gutierez, 47, as a suspect in the case.

The victim, Orlando Carbonell, was received by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) on November 24, 2009 from San Bernardino County to serve a 26-year to life term for first-degree murder.

The suspect, Efrain Gutierez was received by CDCR on January 15, 2010 from Riverside County to serve a 16-year to life term for second-degree murder. 

The cause of death has not yet been determined.  The Office of the Inspector General has been notified.
Mule Creek State Prison, which opened in 1987, houses approximately 2,800 minimum- to medium- and maximum-custody inmates.  The prison, located in Amador County, provides educational, medical and mental health services and employs more than 1,400 people.

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For Immediate Release
May 28, 2013
Contact: James P. Hernandez
(209) 274-5080

Friday, May 24, 2013

Inmate Death at California State Prison-Corcoran Investigated as a Homicide

CORCORAN – Investigators at California State Prison-Corcoran (CSP-Corcoran) and the Kings County District Attorney’s Office are investigating the death of a 63-year-old inmate as a homicide.  Last night at approximately 8:30 p.m., staff found the inmate unresponsive in his cell. He was taken by ambulance to an outside hospital and was pronounced dead at 9:16 p.m.

The inmate was serving a six-year sentence from Los Angeles County for lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 14 and petty theft with a prior and had served three previous prison terms. His name is being withheld pending next-of-kin notification.

The inmate’s cellmate, Allen Duane Queen, 48, has been identified as the suspect.

Queen is serving 259 years for several convictions from San Joaquin County, including attempted murder of a government officer, possession of a weapon by a prisoner, assault with a deadly weapon of a custody officer, stalking, dissuading a witness against testifying and making terrorist threats.

The Kings County Coroner will perform an autopsy.

The Office of Inspector General’s Bureau of Independent Review was notified.

CSP-Corcoran opened in 1988 and houses 4,395 minimum-, medium-, maximum- and high-security custody inmates. The Kings County prison offers academic classes and vocational programs as well as community programs and work crews. The prison employs approximately 2,300 people.


May 24, 2013
Contact: Anthony Baer
(559) 992-6104

Friday, May 17, 2013

Inmate Commits Attempted Murder of a Correctional Officer at California Men's Colony

SAN LUIS OBISPO – An inmate at California Men’s Colony (CMC) attacked a correctional officer with an inmate manufactured weapon yesterday, inflicting injuries to the officer’s head and neck.  One officer who responded also was injured while subduing the attacker, inmate William Mikeworth.

The attack happened at approximately 10 a.m. on May 15, 2013, on a medium-custody yard when inmate Mikeworth struck the officer in the head and neck several times with a weapon.

The unit alarm was sounded, and responding officers used physical force and batons to subdue inmate Mikeworth.

Both officers were treated and released from a community hospital for wounds to their heads and necks.  Their injuries were non-life threatening.

Inmate Mikeworth, 39, was admitted to state prison on September 9, 2008 from San Bernardino County with a 9-year term for assault with a deadly weapon. He has been housed at CMC since February 18, 2013.

The incident is being reviewed by investigators at California Men’s Colony and from the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office.

California Men’s Colony houses 4,917 inmates and employs 1,899 custody, medical and support staff.  First opened in 1954, the institution houses minimum- and medium-custody inmates and provides medical treatment and vocational training to inmates.

May 17, 2013
Contact: Lt. Robert Furster
(805) 547-7948

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Inmate Death at Kern Valley State Prison Under Investigation as a Homicide

DELANO – Kern Valley State Prison (KVSP) investigators are working with the Kern County Coroner and District Attorney’s Office to investigate the death of an inmate, which has been classified as a homicide.

Prison staff discovered an inmate, whose name is being withheld pending next-of-kin notification, unresponsive in his cell at 9:30 a.m. this morning, Thursday, May 16, 2013. He was pronounced dead at 10:20 a.m. The cell and all its contents have been secured and processed as a crime scene.

The deceased inmate’s cellmate, Dennis John Bratton, has been identified as the suspect in the case. Bratton, 43, is serving a life sentence from San Diego County for attempted murder, multiple counts of assault with deadly weapons and firearms, and an in prison assault with a deadly weapon.  He was received by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on November 13, 1997, and has been housed at KVSP since May 23, 2012.

KVSP opened in 2005 and houses 3,782 minimum-, medium-, maximum-, and high-security custody inmates.  KVSP offers academic classes and vocational programs and employs approximately 1,800 people.

MAY 16, 2013
(661) 721-6314


New Study Shows Post-Prison Arrests are Down, Convictions Static under Realignment

CDCR tracked inmates released from prison pre- and post-Realignment 

SACRAMENTO, CA – One-year arrest rates are down and conviction rates are virtually static for offenders released after completing their state prison sentences post-Realignment, according to a report released today by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR).

For this Realignment Report, CDCR identified all offenders who had served their full sentence and were released from prison during the first six months after the implementation of Realignment (October 2011 through March 2012). Researchers then tracked the offenders, which include those released to state parole supervision and those released to county probation supervision, for one year to see if they were re-arrested, convicted of a new crime, or returned to state prison. CDCR then compared those results with all offenders released during October 2010 to March 2011 (pre-Realignment) and tracked them for one year in the same manner.

Key findings include:

•    Post-Realignment offenders were arrested at a lower rate than pre-Realignment offenders (62 percent pre-Realignment and 58.7 percent post-Realignment).
•    The rate of post-Realignment offenders convicted of new crimes is nearly the same as the rate of pre-Realignment offenders convicted of new crimes (21.3 percent pre-realignment and 22.5 percent post realignment).
•    Post-Realignment offenders returned to prison at a significantly lower rate than pre-Realignment offenders, an intended effect of Realignment as most offenders are ineligible to return to prison on a parole violation. (42 percent pre-Realignment and 7.4 percent post-Realignment)

Under California’s Public Safety Realignment Act of 2011, no offenders receive an early release from state prison. The law, which was passed by the Legislature in response to a federal court order to reduce California’s prison population, has achieved dramatic reductions by stemming the flow of low-level inmates and parole violators into prison.

The intent of Realignment is to encourage counties to develop and implement evidenced-based practices and alternatives to incarceration to limit future crimes and reduce victimization.

Prior to Realignment, more than 60,000 felon parole violators returned to state prison annually, with an average length of stay of 90 days. Beginning on October 1, 2011, most parole violations are now served in county jails. Also, offenders newly convicted of certain low-level offenses serve their time in county jail. Under another component of Realignment, inmates who have served their full state prison sentence for a non-serious, non-violent or non-sexual offense are now supervised upon their release by county probation rather than state parole. Realignment provides a dedicated, constitutionally protected, and permanent revenue stream to the counties.

To view the full report, go to: http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/realignment/

To view a fact sheet on Realignment, go to: http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/realignment/docs/Realignment-Fact-Sheet.pdf

Thursday, May 16, 2013
Contact: Jeffrey Callison
(916) 445-4950

Monday, May 13, 2013

CDCR Prison Receives Top Honors for Commitment to Small and Disabled Veteran Business

CORCORAN— Staff at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison, Corcoran (SATF) today are being recognized for their commitment to working with small businesses and disabled veteran businesses. SATF received the Department of General Service’s top honors during the annual State Agency Recognition Awards event in November 2012 for exceeding legislative and executive mandates to contract with small business and disabled veteran business enterprises (DVBE).

SATF received the Governor’s Award; staff recognized include:
  •         Tim Lemos, SATF Business Manager II
  •         Ryan Huddleston, SATF Small Business/DVBE Advocate
  •         Tommy Wan, Associate Warden, Business Services
  •         Ralph Diaz, Warden
Procurement staff at SATF increased their DVBE commitments from 3.37 percent in fiscal year (FY) 2006-2007 to 15.29 percent in FY 2011-2012. They also increased small business contracts from 38.66 percent in FY 2006-2007 to 72.70 percent in FY 2011-2012.

SATF requires all bid proposals target the small business and DVBE community. Additionally, the facility has become a statewide leader in contracting with small businesses by incorporating a one-on-one assessment and training to all staff involved in purchasing to encourage commitments to the small business community.

Contracting with local small businesses and those owned by disabled veterans ensures the local economy benefits from procurement and construction at the institution.

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May 13, 2013
Contact: Dana Simas
(916) 445-4950

Friday, May 10, 2013

Transformer explosion knocks out power to California State Prison-Corcoran

Limited power restored early this morning

CORCORAN – Limited electrical power was restored to California State Prison-Corcoran (CSP-COR) by Friday morning after the main transformer in a PG&E substation that powers the prison exploded and caught fire late Thursday afternoon.

The fire started at 4:35 p.m. and was quickly extinguished by the CSP-COR Fire Department, the Kings County Fire Department and the Tulare County Fire Department. The cause of the explosion is unknown at this time. No one was injured.

Back-up generators supplied power to the institution on Thursday night so that prison operations were not interrupted. The acute care hospital and the lethal electrified perimeter security fence continued to be powered by backup generators and, as a result, there were no escapes. As a precaution, CSP-COR administrators restricted movement of the 4,420 inmates housed there and this morning, the prison is on modified program which restricts some inmate movement and participation in rehabilitation programming.

At 1:45 am Friday, PG&E routed some electrical power to CSP-COR from the adjacent California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in Corcoran, which was unaffected by the transformer explosion and fire. Power to non-essential services at CSP-COR has been shut off, but inmates are being provided hot meals, there is power to waste water operations and all back-up generators are running to power all emergency circuits.

CDCR officials noted that the electrical problems will not interfere with visiting scheduled this weekend at both prisons.

Plant operations staff from both prisons and crews from PG&E are continuing to determine the cause of the explosion and assess the damage to the substation as they plan both short- and long-term repairs.


May 10, 2013
Contact: Lt. Anthony Baer
(559) 992-6104

Monday, May 6, 2013

Condemned Inmate Mario Lewis Gray Dies

SAN QUENTIN – Condemned inmate Mario Lewis Gray, 55, who was on California’s death row from Los Angeles County, was found unresponsive in his cell on Saturday morning at San Quentin State Prison.  Subsequently, he was pronounced dead at the prison on May 4, 2013, at 6:59 a.m.  The cause of death is unknown pending the results of an autopsy.  Gray was single-celled.

Gray was sentenced to death on March 14, 1990, by a Los Angeles County jury for the April 24, 1987, burglary, rape, and murder of 87 year old Ruby Reed. Gray had been on death row since March 21, 1990.

Since 1978 when California reinstated capital punishment, 59 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. One is currently pending autopsy results. There are currently 735 offenders on California’s death row.


May 6, 2013
Contact: Lt. Sam Robinson
(415) 455-5008

Friday, May 3, 2013

Statement from CDCR Secretary Beard

SACRAMENTO – California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Secretary Jeff Beard issued the following statement today regarding the correctional officer who was the victim of an attempted homicide in Colton last night.

“Our hearts are heavy after learning two people tried to murder one of our correctional officers in Colton last night. The Colton Police Department is investigating this tragic incident and we are thankful they immediately transported the officer to the hospital. Their quick actions saved his life. Our thoughts and prayers are with the officer, a 26-year veteran of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and with his family. I am proud of the men and women who work in our prisons and who willingly take risks every day to maintain the safe operation of our institutions and protect public safety. The 52-year-old officer is in critical condition and we are hoping for a full recovery.

We are also thankful to the Colton Police Department for their efforts that led to the apprehension of two suspects in Riverside by the Riverside Police Department. We are fully cooperating with the Colton Police Department to ensure these suspects are held accountable to the highest degree of the law.”


Thursday, May 2, 2013

California Files Court-Ordered Prison Plan, Vows Supreme Court Appeal

SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) today submitted a court-ordered list of prison reduction measures, under protest, warning that public safety could be jeopardized and progress under realignment seriously undermined.

“We respect the court’s authority to order the list of measures, but we submitted it under protest,” said CDCR Secretary Jeff Beard. “The court ordered the population reduced so as to allow for medical and mental health care that complies with the Constitution. We are already providing that level of care and so further population reduction is not needed.”

The court-ordered list complies with an April 11, 2013 federal court order requiring the state to explain how it will reduce the adult prison population to 137.5 percent of design capacity. Meeting this order requires the state to reduce its prison population by another 9,300 inmates. The order stems from cases filed by inmates dating back to 1991 that claim the state’s prison medical and mental health care is inadequate and unconstitutional.

While required to file this list of measures, the state still intends to appeal the court order for further prison population reductions to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The court order persists despite more than $1 billion dollars of investment in new health care facilities and new treatment space, including a new, 1,722-bed facility that will open in July; hundreds of new doctors, nurses, psychiatrists and other medical and mental health care staff in California’s prisons; and historic prison reform under realignment – supported by local law enforcement and the Legislature – that has already reduced the prison population by more than 25,000 inmates, in addition to a 17,000 inmate reduction under the previous administration.

The court-ordered list focuses on increasing capacity to house prisoners, but also includes provisions to increase good-conduct credit. Virtually every action identified on the list requires legislative approval with the exception of the expanded fire camp capacity. All legislative changes must be urgency measures in order to meet the December 2013 court-ordered deadline.

The list includes the following measures:
• Expanding the capacity of fire camps.
• Slowing the rate of returning out-of-state inmates to California.
• Leasing beds from county jails and other facilities where there is sufficient capacity.
• Increasing good-conduct credit for non-violent inmates.
• Expanding medical and elderly parole.

The increase in credits for good conduct will not impact realignment. Prisoners who are released under the new good-conduct rules would serve their parole under state supervision. If they violate parole prior to the end of what their sentence would have been without the increased good-conduct credits, they will return to state prison.

A lengthier listing of all possible prison population reduction ideas is also included in the filing as compelled by the court.

To read a copy of the population reduction list, a timeline of the lawsuits and court actions to this point, click here.

May 3, 2013
Contact: Jeffrey Callison
(916) 445-4950