Friday, October 17, 2014
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Thursday, October 9, 2014
Eddie Lay, 32, was arrested on suspicion of cultivating marijuana for sale.
The investigation began when the Sacramento Police Department’s South Area Gang Enforcement Team obtained information that an unknown law enforcement officer might be involved in criminal activity related to a known street gang, according to a Police Department news release.
Over the course of eight months, investigators with the Police Department’s criminal intelligence unit, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Gang Investigation Team and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s Office of Internal Affairs worked together to identify Lay as the officer involved in the marijuana cultivation case, police said.
Search warrants were executed Wednesday at several locations in Sacramento: the 5000 block of Lemon Parkway, Rancho Torre Court, the 7200 block of Desi Way, 100 block of Hazen Court, 7000 block of Rock Creek Way and the 7200 block of Hatboro Court. continue reading...
Utility and the F-150 and Expedition special service vehicles, Ford has no lack of offerings for law enforcement. And now it has one more in the form of the new Transit PTV.
Based on the fullsize Transit van, the Prisoner Transport Vehicle can move as many as 12 prisoners in three separate compartments between detention facilities. Created in collaboration with Pennsylvania-based Havis Prisoner Transport Solutions and with input from Ford's Police Advisory Board, the Transit PTV takes advantage of the Transit's considerable configuration options that include three roof heights, two wheelbases, three lengths and four body-styles – not to mention engine options that include the flex-fuel 3.7-liter V6, 3.5-liter EcoBoost and 3.2-liter Power Stroke diesel.
"Transit PTV is the latest example of Ford's deep commitment to helping provide law enforcement agencies with capable vehicles. This concept proves Transit is upfit-ready and designed to Built Ford Tough standards," said Jonathan Honeycutt, Ford police marketing manager. "Many Police Advisory Board members have had the chance to drive this vehicle and they are excited about it. This new vehicle is tough, smart and efficient – ideal for the needs of law enforcement agencies."
Key to the realignment strategy is keeping offenders sentenced for nonviolent, nonserious, nonsexual offenses (also referred to as non-non-nons, or N3s) in county jail systems rather than sending them to the crowded state prison system.
Since 2011, when AB109 was passed and enacted, the Inland Empire has seen thousands more offenders than the county jail systems were ever accustomed to housing. A joint county boards of supervisors hearing Sept. 16 between Riverside and San Bernardino highlighted how the counties have collaborated to manage the influx of inmates.
Several important ideas and developments were discussed that these pages believe are critical to long-term public safety efforts and recidivism reduction.
Mark Hake, chief probation officer for Riverside County, told the supervisors that, since the implementation of AB109, Riverside and San Bernardino counties have become responsible for 6,500 and 8,100 offenders, respectively, who otherwise would have been sent to the state prison system.
Mr. Hake pointed out that AB109 has “exacerbated” jail overcrowding in Riverside. Thus, the county has had to look to alternatives to incarceration.
The influx of inmates has pushed the county towards “effective new supervision strategies, development and provision of necessary services, judicious use of incarceration, development of incarceration alternatives, aggressive enforcement and apprehension efforts,” he said. continue reading...
Monday, September 29, 2014
The leadership change, announced Thursday after a vote at the union’s annual convention, will mark just the second time CCPOA has turned over administrations since organizing more than 30 years ago.
Jimenez, 52, assumed the union presidency when Don Novey retired in 2002. The dozen years that followed were some of the most turbulent in the union’s history: Contract battles with former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, furloughs, Gov. Jerry Brown’s prison system downsizing program and a defamation lawsuit that cost CCPOA millions of dollars all created unrest among the union’s 30,000 members.
Jimenez was known for bizarre and provocative antics, such as refusing to cut his hair and beard during a bargaining impasse with Schwarzenegger. At one point during contentious labor talks the union ordered up a large unflattering picture of the movie star-governor in a Speedo and had it driven around the Capitol. continue reading...
According to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office, Sergio Aranda and Travis Woolf were arrested Thursday on charges of voluntary manslaughter.
Deputies say the two got into a fight with 54-year-old Alvarao Jaramillo Medrano outside a San Miguel bar on Sept. 7. Medrano died from his injuries.
"A cause of death has not been determined. An autopsy was performed, but we are awaiting the results of toxicology tests," said Tony Cipolla, spokesman for the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office. "At that point the coroner will make a determination of cause and manner of death."
Officials at the Salinas Valley State Prison said they would not comment on the case, but both men have been placed on paid leave pending investigation. Prison officials say they didn't know the two were suspects in this case until they were arrested Thursday.
Woolf, 36, of San Miguel has worked at the prison since 2001.
Aranda, 35, of Salinas has worked at the prison since 2006.
Supporters of the bill along with those directly impacted by these sterilizations say not only is it long overdue, but makes sense after so much evidence was presented outlining abuses.
"This bill not only affects those still inside prisons and the thousands of women who will go through prisons and jails in the near future; but most importantly, it protects generations of children to come who otherwise might not have had an opportunity to exist," said Kelli Dillon who was sterilized in her early 20's while incarcerate at Central California Women's facility in Chowchilla.
The discover that upwards of 100 illegal sterilizations of pregnant people imprisoned at Valley State Prison for Women and California Institution for Women between 2006 and 2010 spurred state lawmakers into action.
California's past includes performing an estimated third of sterilizations nationwide during the American Eugenics Movement and advising Nazi eugenic programs. In 2003, former state governor Grey Davis issued a formal apology for California's part in sterilizing approximately 20,000 mentally disabled people and other vulnerable populations from 1909 through the 1960s.
Friday, September 19, 2014
Many of the recipients are considered heroes for not only overcoming incredible odds, but also saving others.
Working as a correctional officer or supporting staff in the California state prison system is like sitting on a powder keg. They supervise an unpredictable population, some with strong ties to street gangs.
Men and women like Ney Vencer were recognized by state officials for their bravery and close calls with death.
“Things can happen at anytime and that’s what we do,” Vencer said.
Last year, locked behind the barbed-wire covered walls at California state prison in Sacramento, Vencer says he was suddenly attacked by an inmate armed with a shiv.
“A daily routine that you use everyday and you can’t control that when things happen,” he said.
As he fought the inmate, he sustained life threatening injuries to his throat, and several officers came to his rescue.
These officers, turned battle buddies were able to get the inmate off of Vencer, saving his life. They received the gold star for bravery, while Vencer earned the medal of valor for fighting back and never giving up. continue reading...
Most of the inmates belong to one of California’s six main prison gangs: Nuestra Familia, the Mexican Mafia, the Aryan Brotherhood, the Black Guerrilla Family, the Northern Structure, or the Nazi Lowriders (the last two are offshoots of Nuestra Familia and the Aryan Brotherhood, respectively). The inmates interact like volatile chemicals: if you open their cells in such a way as to put, say, a lone member of Nuestra Familia in a crowd of Mexican Mafia, the mix can explode violently. So the guards release them in a careful order.
“Now watch what they do,” says Christopher Acosta, a corrections officer with a shaved head who worked for 15 years as a front-line prison guard and now runs public relations for Pelican Bay. We are standing with our backs to a fence and can see everything.
At first, we seem to be watching a sullen but semi-random parade of terrifying men—heavily tattooed murderers, thieves, and drug dealers walking past one of five casual but alert guards. Some inmates, chosen for a strip search, drop their prison blues into little piles and then spin around, bare-assed, to be scrutinized. Once inspected, they dress and walk out into the yard to fill their lungs with oxygen after a long night in the stagnant air of the cellblock. The first Hispanic inmate to put his clothes on walks about 50 yards to a concrete picnic table, sits down, and waits. The first black inmate goes to a small workout area and stares out at the yard intently. A white guy walks directly to a third spot, closer to the basketball court. Another Hispanic claims another picnic table. Slowly it becomes obvious that they have been moving tactically: each has staked out a rallying point for his group and its affiliates. continue reading...
Federal prosecutors say 42-year-old James Myrick, of Nixa, pleaded guilty Wednesday. He admitted that he was present when a guard hit inmate Shawn Springer, who had been in a dispute with the guard's wife.
Myrick said he offered Springer a better cell if he didn't tell anyone about the assault. Springer then told a nurse he hit his head while cleaning his bunk.
After Springer discussed the injury with a psychologist, Myrick wrote a memo that claimed Springer's head injury was pre-existing, which was later contradicted by staff members.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
The acting warden of the nation’s largest prison health care facility on the outskirts of Stockton has been reassigned to Folsom State Prison, a switch that comes amid ongoing criticism of conditions at the state institution from a prisoner advocacy group.
But Acting Warden Ron Rackley, 48, said those issues have nothing to do with his decision to accept another post.
Rackley leaves California Health Care Facility after seeing it through construction and an activation process that began in 2013 and spawned reports of inadequate medical care and sanitation problems.
More recently, the Berkeley-based Prison Law Office has questioned three inmate deaths that appear to have been preventable.
There certainly have been challenges in establishing operations at the facility, Rackley said, but his transfer is based on his own desire to work closer to home.
Rackley, an Elk Grove resident, said he’s been interested in Folsom for years, and when the opportunity presented itself a few weeks ago he accepted.
Rackley had been named acting warden of the health care facility after spending more than 25 years at Deuel Vocational Institution, where he had moved up through the ranks to become warden of the Tracy prison.
The Stockton assignment, Rackley said, was not intended as a long-term job.
The $839 million facility had been open for about six months when a court-appointed receiver, charged with taking over responsibility for state prison health care, halted medical and mental health admissions to the facility in January.
Audits of a state prison and psychiatric hospital detail hundreds of thousands of dollars in improper payments and financial problems, including outright payroll fraud, and medical staff and guards receiving questionable bonuses and holiday pay, according to reports released Wednesday.
The financial reviews at California's Sacramento prison near Folsom and the Patton State Hospital in San Bernardino are among 14 state agency audits required this year in the wake of payroll abuses uncovered two years ago at California's parks department.
The reviews, conducted by the state Controller, found rates of unauthorized or improper pay in as many as 88% of the relatively small number of files examined, amounting to excess payments to state workers of nearly $230,000.
Auditors have called on the state agencies to conduct full internal reviews of their payroll systems for the last three years.
There was no immediate response from the Department of State Hospitals, but a spokesman said the corrections department is conducting such a review and has issued new requirements to document who signs off on payroll decisions.