Cal Coast News — The 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...