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Thursday, January 29, 2015

More parole agent caseloads exceed limits under new sex offender rules

LA TimesSince two sex offenders were charged with killing four women while under state and federal watch, California has changed how it supervises such parolees, increasing scrutiny of some and relaxing the monitoring of others.

A Times analysis of state data shows that the number of parole agents with caseloads exceeding state limits has increased under the new system, further stretching California's already strained ability to oversee freed sex offenders.

The new regimen, which now ties parolees' supervision to risk-assessmenttools,therapy and their own behavior, "will let us achieve higher levels of public safety," said Douglas Eckenrod, who runs the state's sex offender monitoring program.

He said the program shifts resources from those parolees considered less likely to commit new crimes and toward those deemed a public safety threat. The new system, phased in slowly but fully in place since mid-September, also allows offenders who comply with parole rules to earn less supervision.

"We want them to want to not reoffend," said Eckenrod, an administrator in the California Division of Adult Parole Operations.

All sex offenders must still wear ankle monitors that track their movements, and they must continue to check in with parole agents. But they must now also attend therapy sessions and undergo polygraph testing about their sexual behavior and compliance with treatment. continue reading...

Friday, January 16, 2015

Jail escapee tries to flee courthouse

The RecordAn inmate who was suspected of trying to rob a bank after escaping from the San Joaquin County Jail’s Honor Farm tried to make a run for it again Thursday morning when he appeared in a Stockton courtroom, authorities said.

Pedro Arquiaga, 20, jumped over a barrier and tried to run through a side door in Dept. 25 at the San Joaquin County Superior Courthouse, said Deputy Les Garcia, a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office.
A deputy positioned near the back door intercepted Arquiaga and physically subdued him without further incident, Garcia said.

Arquiaga sustained minor injuries, Garcia said, but the deputy was not hurt.

Arquiaga was in court to face charges of burglary, auto theft, escape and resisting a peace officer, Garcia said. He now faces an additional escape charge, Garcia said.

Arquiaga escaped from the Honor Farm on Dec. 27, authorities said. He was being held there after police arrested him on suspicion of burglary, possession of burglary tools, receiving stolen property, auto theft, hit-and-run and resisting arrest, officials said.

He was apprehended Jan. 3 after the Stockton Police Department said he entered a Chase Bank in the 7800 block of Tam O Shanter Drive, indicated he had a gun, made a threat and demanded money. A bank employee called police, who were waiting outside the bank. Investigators said that he had arrived at the bank in a stolen vehicle.

From CCPOA Benefit Trust Fund

Many of you in Northern California are participants in the CCPOA Medical Plan and have Sutter health as your primary care physician. Sutter Health and Blue Shield (BSC) are currently in negotiations and there are plenty of speculators out there regarding the outcome. Per the Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) (a State Agency) BSC was required to file a plan with DMHC if the negotiations with Sutter did not result in an agreement. In order for BSC to be in compliance with DMHC rules those of us who use Sutter are receiving letters from BSC. While this is an ongoing negotiation I have received the following information from BSC.

Members enrolled in our CCPOA Medical Plan who have a Sutter personal care physician (PCP) will receive the standard 60-day notification of a change in their network. The letters are due to be mailed on January 15th. They will be reassigned to a new provider group effective April 1, 2015. From January 1, 2015 through March 31, 2015, CCPOA Medical Plan enrollees can continue accessing health care services with primary care and specialty physicians affiliated with the terminating Sutter provider groups at in-network benefit levels.

If you have any questions you can call the Trust at 1-800-IN-UNIT-6 We will keep you posted as new information becomes available. Thank you for your patience.

CMC warden accused of doctoring an inmate’s file

Cal Coast NewsThe warden and a captain at the California Men’s Colony in San Luis Obispo County were suspended for 10 days after it was discovered that they had destroyed a portion of an inmate’s file in an attempt to promote the prisoner’s parole, prison sources said.

While in prison, the convicted murderer had been busted for drugs. However, shortly before the inmate was to appear before the California Board of Prison Terms, documents of the 115 drug charge were removed from his file.

Nevertheless, board officials discovered a confidential report describing the drug offense. As a result, the prisoner was not paroled.

Following an investigation, Warden Elvin Valenzuela and Captain Jennifer Core were each suspended for 10 days, CMC sources said.

Valenzuela did not respond to requests for comment. Jeffrey Callison, the press secretary for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, confirmed that there had been an investigation into the altering of an inmate’s file.

“In response to your question yesterday, all we can say at this time is that there was an investigation into actions regarding an inmate’s file,” Callison said in an email. “That investigation has been completed and all appropriate actions have been taken. Since this is a personnel matter, there is no further comment that we can make.” continue reading...

Blue Shield, Sutter Impasse About More Than Money

KQEDContract breakdowns between insurance companies and health care providers are nothing new and often blow over after public posturing. But the current failure of Blue Shield and Sutter Health to come to terms on a new contract may be harder to resolve. That’s because the main issues appear to be about much more than money.

While the negotiations grind on, more than 250,000 people in individual and family plans are waiting to see what happens. The contract between Blue Shield and Sutter terminated on Dec. 31.
To be sure, money is a factor. Sutter says that Blue Shield is “demanding reductions in what they pay our organization … that would have a devastating impact,” said Bill Gleeson, a spokesman for Sutter. He says Sutter has asked for “less than a 1 percent increase.”

But Blue Shield claims Sutter is pushing the insurer to accept “new and unprecedented contractual provisions,” says Steven Shivinsky, spokesman for Blue Shield.

The most significant new contractual provision is a requirement to arbitrate disputes.

Now, to any average patient, a request to arbitrate disputes probably doesn’t sound like a big deal. I know I’ve signed plenty of documents with various doctors over the years waiving my right to go to court and agreeing to arbitrate areas of disagreement.

But this is different.

Blue Shield’s Shivinsky says that generally arbitration between insurers and providers goes something like this: A provider and insurer disagree on how much reimbursement there should be for, say, an operation. They can’t agree, they go to arbitration. That happens all the time, he says. “It’s appropriate, it’s inexpensive, it’s fast, and it resolves these issues quickly.” continue reading...

Tax Info for POFF cash out

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

What 2015 holds for Calif. corrections

CorrectionsOneSeveral things have been noteworthy in the Corrections environment in California this year.

Realignment is still running strong, if not straight and true. Governor Brown got an extension on the prison population cap from the federal courts, but part of the deal was no further extensions, delays or appeals. This situation has been eased somewhat by the more-or-less opening of two very large prison hospitals outside of Stockton with a total bed count of about 3,200.

I say more-or-less as intake was shut down into the larger facility by order of the federal receiver, who also ordered that the smaller hospital not open, until they could demonstrate they could function. These facilities are still not hospitals in the traditional sense as surgery and a great many other things are done outside the facility, resulting in large numbers of expensive and difficult to schedule transports every day.

Recent court action has effectively further decriminalized drug crimes. The biggie, however, has been Proposition 47, which was passed by the voters by a very wide margin on November 4.

This initiative reclassifies many former felonies as misdemeanors and allows persons currently in prison for these felonies to petition for resentencing. This will effectively move about 5,000 people from state prison to the streets, possibly in very short order. The process has in fact started in both the state system and many jurisdictions, even before the vote tally is official.

This proposal effectively moves more and more formerly felonious criminal conduct into the realignment arena. That means those sentenced under the new law will do time in local custody rather than state prison. Due to serious local overcrowding in most jurisdictions it may mean many will serve only a small fraction of their sentence.

One of the more interesting effects of this change (for the benefit of those who voted for this proposal) is that, if a person is found in the possession of a stolen firearm of value under $950 dollars, the officer can do nothing but seize the firearm and write a citation for the suspect to appear in court. continue reading...

Monday, December 8, 2014

Pleasant Valley State Prison correctional officer dies while on duty

Fresno BeeA Pleasant Valley State Prison correctional officer died Monday morning after complaining of chest pain when he showed up to work at the Coalinga prison, the state prison system said.

Donald Daniel, 47, showed up to work and informed his supervisor that he was experiencing chest pains. He was transported to the Coalinga Regional Medical Center where he later died.

The 19-year California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation veteran is survived by his wife and two children.

Daniel started his career with the CDCR on Nov. 11, 1995. Upon graduating from the Basic Correctional Officer Academy, he was assigned to Pleasant Valley State Prison on Dec. 2, 1995.

“We have lost a dedicated member of our team today who was committed to protecting and serving the people of California,” CDCR Secretary Jeff Beard said in a news release.

Friday, December 5, 2014

POFF News from CCPOA

To: State Board of Directors

Re: POFF

We have received some complaints regarding the inability to get through on the POFF information telephone number. For those who are calling for the sole purpose of getting a hard copy of the...
forms, please see the note below which was sent by a POFF rep:
Subject: RE: POFF Participant

The forms were not included in the termination packet because there are different forms based on the participant’s decision to rollover or take a cash distribution.
The forms are available online without logging into the account and they can be printed in hard copy.

To access the forms, the participants go to the website:
https://poffsup.voyaplans.com/eportal/welcome.do and select Plan Information on the right side of the page. In the drop down box, the participant selects POFF Supplemental Plan. All of the necessary forms are located in the tab Plan Information under 'Forms.'”

Ex-prison guard admits smuggling phone

PE.netA 52-year-old Lake Elsinore man pleaded guilty to a federal bribery charge Tuesday, Dec. 2, for smuggling a cell phone into a San Pedro federal prison for $1,000 cash.

Luis A. Borjon was a correctional officer at the the Federal Correctional Institution, Terminal Island, when he approached an inmate at the prison in November 2012 and solicited a “loan,” according to court documents.

As part of his plea, he admitted he took the payment while employed by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.

The inmate put him in touch with the inmate’s brother, who was not in custody, and the brother provided Borjon with a number for a disposable phone.

The brother met Borjon at a Lake Elsinore gas station in January 2013, when Borjon accepted cash and a phone to deliver to the inmate. Other correctional officers found and seized the smuggled cell phone inside the prison.

Borjon pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner in Los Angeles. The defendant faces to up to 15 years in federal prison when he appears for sentencing before the judge Feb. 23.

The defendant was indicted by a federal grand jury in June, arrested Sept. 16 and freed on bail.
The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General and the FBI conducted the investigation with assistance from the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Prison nurses allege ‘poor’ working conditions

The CalifornianSalinas Valley State Prison nurses say they’re fed up with being “blown off” by management over allegedly poor working conditions.

Wednesday night, several members of the nursing staff, all represented by the Service Employees International Union Local 1000, aired those grievances at the Soledad City Council meeting.

Mayor Fred Ledesma didn’t immediately return a call requesting comment Thursday afternoon.

Nick Mannion, a licensed vocational nurse, outlined a cycle of mandated overtime that started nearly two years ago when the hospital’s call light system broke. Rather than install a new system, prison administrators ordered nurses to walk the halls, he said.

Call light systems are in wide hospital use and allow patients to summon a nurse should they experience any sort of medical distress.

“Ours hasn’t worked, and the answer to that question is to require nurses to walk as the call light,” he said. “Every 15 minutes we walk by and see if inmates need anything.”

Doing so requires mandated overtime. It also puts both inmates and nurses at risk, Mannion said. For example, a nurse who passed a patient only moments before a medical emergency might not see that patient again for another 15 minutes. continue reading...

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Two CDCR Correctional Officers from DVI save man’s life in Elk Grove, CA

Two Deuel Vocational Institution (DVI) Correctional Officers are credited with saving a man’s life after he suffered a major heart attack and ran his car off the road in Elk Grove.
Correctional Officers John Farnetti and Chad Painter were on their way to work the swing shift at DVI on Oct. 31 when they spotted a vehicle in the middle of a field off Interstate 5.
They pulled over and Officer Farnetti hopped the four-foot high barbed-wire fence. Meanwhile, Officer Painter attempted to flag down help on the freeway.
Correctional Officers John Farnetti, left, and Chad Painter work at Deuel Vocational Institute. Recently, on their way to work, they saved a man's life.
Correctional Officers John Farnetti, left, and Chad Painter work at Deuel Vocational Institute. Recently, on their way to work, they saved a man’s life.
“Here was a car in the middle of a field where a farmer’s truck with hay should be,” Officer Farnetti recalled. “It just didn’t look right.”
Officer Painter agreed.
“There was a Honda Civic in the middle of an open field with the windshield wipers moving back and forth and we could see some kind of steam coming from the vehicle,” he said. “When we pulled over, it was a sprint to the car. My partner found a spot to climb the fence while I called 911.”
When Officer Farnetti approached the car, he noticed the air bags had deployed. Inside was a man slumped over and only semi-conscious.
Despite efforts to flag down help, no one stopped.
“My partner was doing jumping jacks, basically, trying to get someone to stop and help,” Officer Farnetti said. “We were about 50 or 60 yards from the freeway in this desolate field so everyone could see us. It’s kind of sad no one stopped.”
Officer Painter said it was very discouraging.
“I was jumping up and down, trying to get somebody to pull over to assist,” he said. “About then, Officer Farnetti got to the vehicle and yelled, ‘There’s somebody in here.’ That’s when I went at a full sprint and hopped the fence.”
The two found the car’s doors were locked so they tried to get the man’s attention.
“I was banging on the car to keep him alert and we could see he was breathing,” Officer Painter said. “We thought he was in shock.”
The victim didn’t respond. The officers tried gaining access another way and Officer Farnetti knew time was valuable.
“When I first came up to the car, I could see a little movement and he was still breathing. When I was looking for something to break the window, there was nothing but plots of dirt and dried up cow patties, it was like a scavenger hunt,” he said. “I didn’t want to take the time to go back to my car, because it was too far away.”
Officer Painter said he tried everything to get in the car.
“We started looking around to find something to break the window. I was throwing dirt clods and keys at the window trying to break it,” Officer Painter recalled. “Then my partner found this rock and threw it through the window.”
With the window broken, they unlocked the doors and pulled the man out of the car and found the victim had stopped breathing.
“My partner did CPR until he got exhausted, then I took over,” Officer Painter said. “We were yelling and screaming and trying to keep the victim alert. When we pulled him out of the vehicle, we couldn’t find a pulse. We think he basically flat-lined and died. Then he kept gasping between CPR (efforts). We were pulling him back.”
The officers took turns performing CPR until paramedics arrived. The paramedics asked Officer Painter to continue CPR while they readied the defibrillator. After paramedics gave him a shock with the defibrillator, the victim was transported to the hospital.