Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Offender Walks Away from Los Angeles Re-entry Program

LOS ANGELES — California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials are looking for an offender who walked away from a Los Angeles-area re-entry program on Saturday, May 28.
After being notified that Janathen Sufle’s GPS device had been tampered with, Male Community Re-entry Program (MCRP) staff initiated an emergency count and facility search.

Notification was made to local law enforcement agencies. Agents from CDCR’s Office of Correctional Safety were dispatched to locate and apprehend Sufle.

Sufle, 28, is a Native American male with black hair and brown eyes. He is 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighs 142 pounds. He was admitted to CDCR from Los Angeles County on Sept. 1, 2015, to serve a three-year sentence for first-degree burglary. He was scheduled to be released to parole in September 2016.

Sufle was transferred from the California Institution for Men to the MCRP in Los Angeles County on May 19, 2016. The MCRP allows eligible offenders committed to state prison to serve the end of their sentences in the re-entry center and provides them the programs and tools necessary to transition from custody to the community. It is a voluntary program for male offenders who have approximately 120 days left to serve. The program links offenders to a range of community-based rehabilitative services that assist with substance use disorders, mental health care, medical care, employment, education, housing, family reunification and social support.

Anyone who sees Sufle or has any knowledge of his whereabouts should immediately contact law enforcement or call 911.

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May 31, 2016                                                                       
Contact: Krissi Khokhobashvili

 (916) 445-4950

Inmate Walks Away from Pilot Rock Conservation Camp

CRESTLINE, CA – California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials are looking for a minimum-security inmate who walked away from the Pilot Rock Conservation Camp #15, located near the community of Crestline, in San Bernardino County. 

Inmate Chad Ellebracht, 40, was discovered missing by camp staff at approximately
7:30 am, on Tuesday, May 31, 2016.  Camp staff searched the inmate dormitory area, surrounding buildings and the camp perimeter after he was discovered missing.  All local law enforcement agencies have been notified and are assisting in the search for Ellebracht and apprehension efforts are continuing.  

Ellebracht was last seen at 5:40 am during a routine counting of inmates.  Ellebracht is 5’11”, 200 pounds, with a shaved head (light brown hair), brown eyes, and was last seen with no facial hair. Ellebracht has multiple tattoos on his chest, arms and the name ELLEBRACHT is tattooed across his upper back.  Ellebracht was committed to CDCR from Tulare County for possession of a controlled substance for sale, for a total of three years.  He was scheduled to be released on August 8, 2016.    

Anyone knowing the location of Chad Ellebracht, or having other relevant information, is asked to contact the Pilot Rock Conservation Camp Commander at (909) 338-1950, or the Sierra Conservation Center Watch Commander at (209) 984-5291, extension 5439.

Of all offenders who have escaped from an adult institution, camp or community-based program since 1977, 98.7 percent have been apprehended.

May 31, 2016   

(909) 338-1950


Saturday, May 28, 2016

Inmate Walks Away from Pilot Rock Conservation Camp

Santa Cruz – A minimum-security inmate from California Correctional Center (CCC) walked away from Ben Lomond Conservation Camp (CC #45) on May 27, 2016.

Inmate Leroy Hampton, 46, is a black male, 5’ 11” tall, 178 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair. He was committed to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on June 7, 2001, from Fresno County for Robbery 1st. He was scheduled to be released from CDCR custody on April 27, 2019.

Hampton was assigned to an inmate firefighting crew at CC #45 in Santa Cruz County. The camp houses approximately 110 minimum-custody inmates.

Inmate Hampton was last seen at CC #45 by camp staff on May 27 at 10:15 p.m. during a routine security check of the camp.  He was observed leaving the camp perimeter, wearing grey sweat clothing. Attempts to get Hampton to return of his own accord were not successful.

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

Anyone seeing Inmate Hampton should contact 9-1-1, or law enforcement authorities immediately. Information about Hampton, or knowledge of his location, should be directed to the CCC Watch Commander at (530) 257-2181 extension 4173.

May 28, 2016

CONTACT: Lt. William Tyler
530-257-2181 x4106

Friday, May 27, 2016

Riot at High Desert State Prison under investigation

SUSANVILLE – Officials at High Desert State Prison (HDSP) are investigating a large-scale riot that occurred this morning involving approximately 65 inmates. The riot was quelled and no staff members were injured. Five inmates have been transported to outside hospitals.

The riot happened on recreation yards of Facility D, which houses level IV inmates. The riot began at 10:30 a.m. and lasted approximately seven to 10 minutes. Numerous inmates sustained puncture/slash-type injuries, the majority of which were minor and treated by medical staff at the institution. The five inmates transported to outside hospitals are in stable condition awaiting return to the institution. Officers recovered 21 inmate-manufactured weapons.

Staff utilized non-lethal rounds and grenades, and fired warning shots from a Mini-14 rifle to quell the incident.

All inmates housed on the facility have been placed for now on a Modified Program. Today’s incident is being investigated by the prison’s Investigative Services Unit. The Office of the Inspector General’s Bureau of Independent Review was notified. CDCR’s Deadly Force Investigation Team will also review this incident.

High Desert State Prison, located in Lassen County, opened in 1995 and houses approximately 3,700 minimum-, medium-, and maximum-custody inmates.  The institution employs more than 1,200 people and provides academic, trade and vocational training to incarcerated inmates.

Contact: Lt. James Crandall
(530) 251-5100 ext. 5501

Youth Correctional Counselor Recovering After Attack

STOCKTON – N.A. Chaderjian Youth Correctional Facility (NACYCF) officials are investigating a staff assault that sent a youth correctional counselor to the hospital.

At approximately 2:15 p.m. on Thursday, May 26, a youth offender in a dayroom at NACYCF was informed by a Youth Correctional Counselor (YCC) that his program time was ending, and instructed to return to his room. Without warning or provocation, the youth approached another YCC sitting at a desk in the dayroom and struck him with a closed hand fist in the back of the head/neck area. The YCC fell from his chair to the floor, hitting his head. The youth offender immediately lay prone on the ground and was placed in mechanical restraints. 

An Emergency Response Team (ERT) from NACYCF arrived to assess the YCC. The ERT called an outside medical unit which transported the staff member to a local hospital. He was released from the hospital several hours later.

N.A. Chaderjian Youth Correctional Facility opened in 1991. The Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) facility houses male youth offenders 18 to 23 years of age in living units comprised of individual rooms. The facility has an intensive treatment program, a specialized counseling program, a sex offender program, and a residential substance abuse treatment program. Population is approximately 225. Less than one percent of all juvenile offenders in California are incarcerated at the four DJJ facilities: N.A. Chadjerian Youth Correctional Facility and O.H. Close YCF in Stockton, Ventura YCF, and Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp in Amador County.

MAY 27, 2016

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Death of state prison inmate under investigation

CALIPATRIA – Officials at Calipatria State Prison (CAL) are investigating the death of an inmate as a homicide.

At 6:10 a.m. Thursday, May 19, officers observed an inmate with bruising and swelling to his face and a laceration to his eye. His cellmate, Wallace Thomson, 51, had a swollen hand. Both inmates were removed from the cell without incident and examined at CAL’s medical clinic. One inmate was transported to an outside hospital for treatment of serious injuries, including bruising, swelling, lacerations, collapsed lungs and a broken nose. He succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at midnight Saturday, May 21. His name is being withheld pending notification of his next-of-kin.

Thomson was received by CDCR on June 6, 2002, from Marin County to serve 122 years to life for rape. Thomson has been re-housed in administrative segregation pending the outcome of the investigation.

CAL opened in 1992 in Imperial County and houses 3,700 inmates. For more information, visit www.cdcr.ca.gov.

Contact: Lt. Eduardo Silva

(760) 348-6002

Inmate Death at Mule Creek State Prison is Suspected Homicide

IONE – Officials at Mule Creek State Prison (MCSP) are investigating the death of inmate Gregory Miley as a suspected homicide.

The incident occurred at approximately 7:25 p.m. Monday, May 23, after Miley was attacked by another inmate during the evening yard program.

He was escorted to the prison medical facility where he was evaluated and medically cleared to return to his housing unit. However, Miley returned to the prison medical facility and at approximately 9:07 p.m. became unconscious.

A medical emergency was declared and he was airlifted to a nearby hospital. On Wednesday, May 25, at 4:10 p.m., Miley was removed from life support and pronounced dead.

Miley was received by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on February 16, 1982, from Los Angeles to serve life with the possibility of parole for first-degree murder. On November 11, 1983, he was charged for another murder, and again sentenced, this time out of Orange County to life with the possibility of parole.

In both cases, Miley was convicted for his role as an accomplice to William George Bonin, known as the “Freeway Killer”, in the killing of two boys, ages 14 and 12, in Los Angeles and Orange counties.

Mule Creek State Prison opened in June 1987 and houses approximately 3,100 minimum-, medium-, and maximum-security inmates. There is also a Sensitive Needs Yard. MCSP offers classes and vocational programs and employs approximately 1,500 people. For more information, visit www.cdcr.ca.gov.

May 26, 2016

CONTACT: Lt. Angelo Gonzalez
(209) 274-5080
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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Inmate Attacks Four Officers at California State Prison-Sacramento

SACRAMENTO – Officials at California State Prison-Sacramento (SAC) are investigating an assault by an inmate that sent four correctional staff to the hospital.

On Tuesday, May 17, 2016, at approximately 9:43 a.m., inmate Maurice Miles struck an officer in the face with his fist after ignoring multiple direct orders to proceed to his assigned cell. A struggle ensued, and several officers responded in an effort to restrain Miles. During the incident, a second officer was stabbed in the arm and shoulder by an inmate-manufactured weapon that Miles swung at responding staff.  A third officer was head-butted, and a fourth officer sustained a fractured right wrist. Physical force and baton strikes were used during the incident to subdue the inmate. All the aforementioned officers were transported to an area hospital for medical assessment and treatment. There is no indication that this attack was related to yesterday’s incident.

Inmate Miles was received by California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in August 2012 from Los Angeles County with a six-year sentence for possession of a firearm.

CSP-SAC, opened in 1986, is a maximum-security prison that houses nearly 2,400 general population inmates and employs about 1,700 people. The institution houses inmates serving long sentences and those who have proven to be management problems at other institutions. CSP-SAC also houses inmates requiring specialized mental health treatment.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                              
May 17, 2016

Contact: Lt. L.A. Quinn                                         
(916) 294-3012

Monday, May 16, 2016

Update: Incident at California State Prison-Sacramento Under Investigation

SACRAMENTO – California State Prison-Sacramento (CSP-SAC) officials are investigating an incident that occurred this morning in which four inmates suffered injuries.

At 10:25 a.m., three inmates attacked a fourth inmate with stabbing weapons they had manufactured. When the three attackers ignored verbal orders, correctional officers used one blast dispersion grenade and discharged one round from a Mini-14 rifle to stop the attack.

The inmate victim suffered numerous stab wounds and was taken by ambulance to a hospital where he is being treated.

One of the inmate attackers suffered a gunshot wound and was also taken by ambulance to a hospital where he underwent surgery to treat his injury. Both are in fair condition.

The other two inmate suspects suffered minor lacerations and were treated at the prison.

Officers recovered three inmate-made stabbing weapons. There were no staff injuries.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation sent a Deadly Force Investigations Team (DFIT) to the prison. DFIT is a team of trained CDCR investigators who conducts criminal and administrative investigations into the use of deadly force. A deadly force review board will conduct a full and complete review of the incident as well.

Inmate movement and programming on Facility C where the incident occurred is limited to facilitate the investigations.

CSP-SAC, opened in 1986, is a maximum-security prison that houses approximately 2,380 general population inmates and employs more than 1,700 people. The institution houses inmates serving long sentences and those who have proven to be management problems at other institutions. CSP-SAC also houses inmates requiring specialized mental health treatment.

MAY 16, 2016

  (916) 294-3012


Incident at California State Prison-Sacramento Under Investigation

SACRAMENTO – This morning at 10:25 a.m., at least four inmates were involved in an incident at California State Prison-Sacramento. All four suffered injuries. One inmate suffered a gunshot wound from a correctional officer’s use of deadly force and a second suffered multiple stab wounds. Both of them were taken to an outside hospital by ambulance. The other two inmates suffered minor injuries and were treated at the prison.

Officers recovered three inmate-made stabbing weapons.

CSP-SAC is investigating the incident.

More details will be shared when they become available.

MAY 16, 2016

  (916) 445-4950


Thursday, May 12, 2016

CDCR’s Division of Juvenile Justice Marks Anniversaries of Key Facilities; Reveals Contents of Half-Century Old Time Capsule

     Time capsule was installed in 1966, including items from then-Governor Pat Brown 
STOCKTON – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) today marked the 25th anniversary of the N.A. Chaderjian Youth Correctional Facility and the 50th anniversary of the O.H. Close School for Boys (now O.H. Close Youth Correctional Facility) with the opening of a time capsule placed into a wall 50 years ago.

“O.H. Close and N.A. Chaderjian have had some challenging times over the years and now are model institutions. I’m proud of the progress both facilities have made as we celebrate these significant anniversaries,” CDCR Secretary Scott Kernan said.

In 1965, the Northern California Youth Center (NCYC) opened near Stockton. The following year, O.H. Close School for boys opened within NCYC. That same year, a letter and signed photograph from then-California Governor Pat Brown, father of current Governor Jerry Brown, were placed in a time capsule along with 25 other items, including photographs of the first youth graduate as well as a picture of the facility administrators.

The anniversaries come soon after the successful termination of the Farrell lawsuit against the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) which operates the Close and Chaderjian facilities. On January 16, 2003, Margaret Farrell, a taxpayer in the state of California filed a lawsuit against the director of what was then called the California Youth Authority (CYA). The suit claimed CYA was expending funds on policies, procedures and practices that were illegal under state law. Farrell also claimed that CYA failed in its statutory duties to provide adequate treatment and rehabilitation for juvenile offenders in its care. The lawsuit also alleged that the youth offenders were denied adequate medical, dental and mental health care.

On November 19, 2004, the parties entered into a consent decree in which DJJ agreed to develop and implement six detailed remedial plans in the following areas: safety and welfare, mental health, education, sexual behavior treatment, health care, dental

services and youth with disabilities. One of the most important reforms was the implementation of the Integrated Behavior Treatment Model (IBTM), a comprehensive approach to assessing, understanding and treating youth. The IBTM helps reduce institutional violence and the risk of future criminal behavior.

“The remediation plan under the Farrell suit was one of the most far reaching in American juvenile justice history,” DJJ Director Michael Minor said. “Our treatment programs are now evidence-based and we are focused on helping our youth learn and develop the skills they need to succeed when they return to their community.”

On February 25, 2016, an Alameda Superior Court Judge terminated the Farrell lawsuit against DJJ (as successor to the CYA) on the basis of the work that has been done to promote positive programs to rehabilitate youth in the juvenile justice system.

“The culture in our facilities has shifted significantly,” said Minor. “I am proud to say that DJJ is once again one of the most progressive juvenile corrections systems in the nation.”

DJJ provides education and treatment to California’s youthful offenders up to the age of 23 who have the most serious criminal backgrounds and most intense treatment needs. Most juvenile offenders today are committed to county facilities in their home community where they can be closer to their families and local social services that are vital to rehabilitation.

May 12, 2016

CONTACT: Joe Orlando  

(916) 445-4950
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Monday, May 2, 2016

Walk Away from Julius Klein Conservation Camp Apprehended

Azuza – California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) agents and Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department deputies took inmate Wade Anthony Raffaniello, 50, back into custody less than a day after he was discovered missing from the minimum security Julius Klein Conservation Camp.

Inmate Raffaniello was apprehended without incident by CDCR and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Officers, with the assistance of Deputy Robert Ochoa and K-9 bloodhound Wendy from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office, Cabazon Station, at approximately 12:25 p.m. this afternoon not far from the camp.

Inmate Raffaniello had walked away from the Julius Klein Conservation Camp some time before a routine security check at 12:05 a.m. Monday, May 2. Raffaniello will be returned to the custody of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, and will be referred to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for possible prosecution. Raffaniello was housed in a CDCR conservation camp and was a Los Angeles County Boarder. He was serving a sentence for the transport and sales of a controlled substance and was scheduled to be released April 5, 2018.  

Since 1977, 99 percent of all offenders who have left an adult institution, camp or community-based program without permission have been apprehended. 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                              
 May 2, 2016    

Contact: Lt. Hector Morua                                                                     
 (626) 910-1213