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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.

Friday, October 17, 2014

POFF II Supplement Update- Distribution Dates Begin 12/1/2014:

CCSOCalHR today, October 16th, officially informed CCSO that the IRS has received the Letter of Determination to officially terminate the POFF II Supplement. Distribution dates will begin on December 1, 2014. CalPERS has a meeting scheduled for Monday, October 20, 2014 and CCSO will move forward information from that meeting.

It’s vital to log into your account online periodically and ensure that your mailing and e-mail addresses are up to date.

To add or update your e-mail address online: • Log into your POFF account at https://poffsup.ingplans.com, then select Mail Delivery Options. • If you have forgotten or misplaced your password or security questions, go to https://poffsup.ingplans.com, select Forgot your password? And follow the system prompts. If you do not have a username or password to access your POFF account online, please call the POFF Participant line toll-free at (888) 600-POFF (7633) for assistance.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

State correctional officer, four others arrested in Sacramento marijuana cultivation case

SacbeeAn employee of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation was one of five people arrested Wednesday following an eight-month investigation into marijuana cultivation activities in Sacramento.

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...

Ford Transit gets outfitted for prison duty

AutoBlogBetween the Taurus-based Police Interceptor, the Explorer-based Police Interceptor
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."

EDITORIAL: Housing more inmates, counties innovate

PE.netCalifornia’s implementation of Assembly Bill 109, the prison realignment strategy, has put significant pressure on local governments to adjust and adapt to housing increasing numbers of offenders.

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

Long-time prison officers’ union president to retire

SacbeeMike Jimenez, the mercurial leader of the California Correctional Peace Officers’ Association, is retiring at the end of this year and members have elected the union’s executive vice president, Chuck Alexander, to head the organization starting Jan. 1.

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...

Salinas Valley State Prison corrections officers charged in fatal bar brawl

KIONTwo Salinas Valley State Prison corrections officers are charged with manslaughter in connection with a fatal bar brawl earlier this month.

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.