Friday, June 27, 2014

Two Minimum-Security Inmates Rescued on Skedaddle Mountain During Firefighter Training Exercise

Susanville– Two minimum-security inmates were returned to the California Correctional Center (CCC) after being lost during an Antelope Conservation Camp (CC #25) training exercise near Wendell, California, on June 25, 2014.

Inmates Joshua Satterfield and Korey Kirvin were assigned to an inmate firefighting crew from CC #25, located outside of Susanville. The camp houses approximately 140 minimum-custody inmates.

Satterfield and Kirvin were last seen during a three-mile hike on steep terrain at Skedaddle Mountain in northern Lassen County. At approximately 3 p.m., the CAL FIRE captain assigned to the crew noticed the two inmates were absent and contacted the CCC Watch Commander to initiate walkaway search procedures.

CAL FIRE Air Support, along with local law enforcement agencies and the California Highway Patrol, were notified and assisted in the search for the two inmates.

At approximately 5:55 p.m., two CAL FIRE captains who were assisting with the search located the missing inmates. The captains contacted the CAL FIRE helicopter pilot, who responded to the area. The inmates waved and flashed their headlamps to the helicopter pilot, who was able to confirm their location.

The CAL FIRE captains made contact with the two inmates and they were returned to CCC with no further incident. Satterfield and Kirvin said they got separated from the rest of the fire crew and went down the wrong face of the mountain. Although neither inmate received any injuries due to this incident, they did suffer from dehydration.

June 27, 2014                       

Contact: Lt. Charles Gilmore
(530) 257-2181x4110

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Forty Juvenile Offenders Receive High School Diplomas in Stockton

The Past is Behind Us, the Future Awaits Us

STOCKTON – Forty youth at the N.A. Chaderjian Youth Correctional Facility in Stockton received a high school diploma or GED today in a significant step toward their rehabilitation.

Twenty-three students received high school diplomas and seventeen earned a GED or a high school equivalency. A number of students also received Computer Technology or Microsoft Office Certifications. Since 2011, students have earned a total of 69 Microsoft certifications.

Concerning the accomplishments of her graduates, Principal Pat Davies said, “We are very proud of the accomplishments of our youth. They have overcome much adversity in their life, and they have now achieved at a very gratifying level by graduating from high school.”

This year’s valedictorian is John Khuu, who earned a 3.70 GPA. The class salutatorian is Yendis Walker, who earned a 3.10 GPA. When asked the most important life lesson he learned while at the Division of Juvenile Justice, Walker replied, “I’ve learned to respect time. You must use it wisely. You must work hard to make good things happen.”

This year’s commencement ceremony guest speaker was Willie Stokes. Stokes is a counselor, mentor, and motivational speaker representing The Black Sheep Redemption Program, whose mission is to empower youth with a sense of self- worth.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) operates an accredited school district, which provides youth offenders with the same high- school curriculum in each of its four institutions that they would receive in their local community. Youth attend school Monday through Friday. DJJ considers a diploma or GED a minimum requirement for parole consideration. Over a three-year period starting with 2010-2011, a total of 894 youth have earned a high school diploma

JUNE 27, 2014

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Monday, June 9, 2014

Intermountain Camp Walkaway Inmate in Custody

Susanville, California – A minimum-security inmate from California Correctional Center (CCC) who walked away from a Shasta City Grade Project on June 4, 2014, has been apprehended.

On June 6, at approximately 7:30 pm, members of the High Desert State Prison/ California Correctional Center (HDSP/CCC) Crisis Response Team (CRT) apprehended Inmate Lepaul W. Gardner in Carrick California, just north of the community of Weed.

An investigation has been initiated to determine if any other crimes have been committed by Inmate Gardner while he was at large.

Inmate Gardner is being returned to the California Correctional Center and will be housed in the Administrative Segregation Unit (ASU) pending a complete investigation into his actions.

For Immediate Release

June 9, 2014

Contact: Lt. Charles Gilmore

(530) 257-2181x4110

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Attempted Homicide of a High Desert State Prison Inmate Under Investigation

Susanville - The Investigative Services Unit at High Desert State Prison (HDSP) is investigating an attempted homicide of an inmate just before 1:30 p.m. on June 5.

The incident started when two inmates attacked a third with an inmate-manufactured weapon. They stabbed him, and he fell to the ground unable to defend himself.

The two inmates were ordered to stop the attack. When they did not stop, custody staff members quickly intervened. One round from the Mini 14 rifle was discharged and an inmate was injured in the abdomen. The two injured inmates were flown to a hospital in Reno, Nevada. Further details about their condition are not currently known.

HDSP investigators identified William Robert Dye, 45, of Butte County, and Calvin Lee Parrack, 37, of Contra Costa County as the two suspects in the attack. Dye is serving life with the possibility of parole for attempted second-degree-murder, and Parrack is serving 18 years for attempted second-degree murder.

No staff members were injured in the incident.

HDSP administrators restricted inmate movement on the facility where the incident occurred to facilitate the investigation. The Office of the Inspector General was notified about the incident.

High Desert State Prison located in Lassen County opened in 1995 and houses 3,323 minimum-, medium-, and maximum-security inmates. The institution provides academic classes and vocational instruction and employs approximately 1,210 people.

JUNE 5, 2014

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Intermountain Camp inmate walks away from project

Shasta City – A minimum-security inmate from California Correctional Center walked away from an Intermountain Conservation Camp grade project on June 4.

Inmate Lepaul W. Gardner, 27, is a white male, 5-feet, 6-inches, 155 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair. He was committed to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) on May 9, 2013, from Los Angeles County for assault with a firearm. He was scheduled to be released July 15, 2017.

Gardner was assigned to an inmate firefighting crew from Intermountain Conservation Camp outside of Bieber. The camp houses approximately 80 minimum-custody inmates.

Gardner was last seen at a grade project near Shasta City about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Shortly after the fire crew exited a vehicle for return to the camp, custody staff noticed that Gardner was absent. After a quick search, staff determined that he was missing.

CDCR agents, CAL FIRE law enforcement personnel, local law enforcement agencies and the California Highway Patrol were notified and are assisting in the search for Gardner. All responding law enforcement agencies are continuing with the search and apprehension efforts at this time.

Inmate Gardner was last seen wearing orange CDCR state-issued clothing. Anyone seeing him should call 9-1-1 or contact law enforcement authorities immediately.

For Immediate Release  
June 5, 2014

Contact: Lt. Charles Gilmore
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Contact: Anyone having information about or knowledge of the location of Lepaul W. Gardner should contact the CCC Watch Commander at 530-257-2181x4173.

CDCR and California Arts Council Announce $1 Million in Contract Awards for Organizations to Provide Arts-in-Corrections Programs

SACRAMENTO – The California Arts Council and California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) today announced contract awards totaling $1 million to seven organizations to provide Arts-in-Corrections programs at 14 prisons statewide.

The Arts-in-Corrections programs will offer an array of performing, literary and visual arts disciplines such as theater, music, dance, creative writing, poetry, storytelling, painting, drawing and sculpture.

“Structured arts programs have proven results,” said CDCR Secretary Jeff Beard. “Not only are inmates channeling their energy into constructive, creative projects, they are also learning new skills and expressing themselves in positive ways.”

The California Arts Council awarded the contracts to the following seven organizations: The Actors’ Gang, Alliance for California Traditional Arts, Dance Kaiso, Marin Shakespeare Company, Muckenthaler Cultural Center, San Jose Repertory Theatre and the William James Association.

CDCR committed $1 million to the Arts-in-Corrections program for fiscal year 2013-2014 and has committed to provide $1.5 million next fiscal year.

“Arts engagement is a valuable rehabilitation method that can provide positive change for inmates and for communities across our state,” said Wylie Aitken, Chair of the California Arts Council. “The Arts Council is pleased to award contracts to these exceptional organizations, in partnership with CDCR. The arts are a powerful tool that can address many of the challenges facing the state of California.”

The organizations will offer programs in the following prisons:
  • California Institution for Men in Chino
  • California Institution for Women in Corona
  • Pelican Bay State Prison in Crescent City
  • San Quentin State Prison
  • California State Prison-Sacramento in Folsom
  • California Rehabilitation Center in Norco
  • Kern Valley State Prison in Delano
  • California State Prison-Corcoran
  • Salinas Valley State Prison in Soledad
  • California State Prison-Solano in Vacaville
  • Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison, Corcoran
  • Valley State Prison in Chowchilla
  • Pleasant Valley State Prison in Coalinga
  • Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego


Tehachapi – The Investigative Services Unit at California Correctional Institution (CCI) and investigators from the Kern County District Attorney’s Office are investigating an inmate homicide that occurred on Facility A within the Security Housing Unit at CCI.

On June 4, 2014, at about 11:30 a.m. inmate Oscar Rendon was discovered by staff in his assigned cell unresponsive.  He was pronounced deceased at 12:05 p.m.

Rendon, 41 was received by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) on November 5, 1999, from Los Angeles County with a 61-year sentence for kidnapping and robbery.

The alleged suspect in the case is identified as inmate Billy Guzman, 53, who is serving a 94-years-to-life sentence from Santa Clara County for assault with a deadly weapon. Guzman was received into CDCR on September 6, 1986.

California Correctional Institution, a minimum- to maximum-security prison, is located 52 miles east of Bakersfield.  The prison opened in 1933, houses more than 4,600 minimum- to maximum-security inmates and employs more than 2,000 people.

For immediate release   
June 5, 2014                       

Contact:  Lt. B. Skaggs
(661) 822-4402 ext. 3021