Thursday, December 1, 2016

CDCR Announces Automated Email Notification Services for Crime Victims

SACRAMENTO – Today, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s (CDCR) Office of Victim and Survivor Rights and Services (OVSRS) announced they will begin using the new Automated Email Notification Services to better serve and communicate with crime victims starting in December 2016. The new Automated Email Notification Services will allow for a 90-day in advance email notification of release to crime victims whose offender is in CDCR custody. The system will also be able to immediately email victims and notify them of an escape or death of an offender. With the addition of this new service, CDCR will discontinue sending notifications through the Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) service effective December 31, 2016.    

In an effort to streamline notification requests and offender updates, CDCR began providing more electronic tools and services to victims and their family members over the past year. For instance, during this year’s National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, OVSRS unveiled the new e1707, Request for Victim Services web form, which gives victims and their family members the option of using online services from their smartphone or any computer. This electronic service allows the victim to update their contact information and change requested services quickly and on their own time. Also, the CDCR Inmate ID Locator, allows victims and other members of the public to confirm an offender’s CDCR number and current prison location any time of the day.     

Currently, CDCR delivers more than 20,000 notifications every year to victims of CDCR offenders. CDCR has approximately 117,000 offenders in its 35 institutions and another 14,000 offenders in its out-of-state correctional facilities, community correctional facilities and conservation camps.     

If you or a family member is a victim of a crime, it is vital that you register for available services provided by CDCR. Registering with the department will allow you access to a menu of services including notification of release, escape or death of an offender, collection of court ordered restitution, assistance with the parole hearing process and requests for special conditions of parole. Also, if you have been a victim in the past of an offender that is currently in a CDCR prison or has been under the jurisdiction of CDCR in the past, OVSRS may have collected restitution on your behalf. Please contact our office toll free at 1-877-256-6877 or via email at   

Crime victims can register for services online at

For all other non-victim-related services, you can contact CDCR Inmate Locator at (916) 445-6713 or access the online service at:

For more information about CDCR’s Office of Victim and Survivor Rights and Services, visit CDCR’s website at

Contact: (916) 445-4950

Monday, November 28, 2016

Inmate Attacks Officer at Wasco State Prison

WASCO – A correctional officer is recovering from injuries sustained during an attack by an inmate at Wasco State Prison (WSP).

At 4:48 p.m. Nov. 23, as the correctional officer was preparing to issue the evening meal, inmate Dustin McDonald, 25, attacked the officer, punching him and stabbing him in the face with an inmate-manufactured weapon. The officer sustained four puncture wounds to his face and one to his left arm. During the scuffle, the officer’s baton fell to the floor and McDonald picked it up, swinging it at the officer. The officer was able to retrieve his baton and defend himself. McDonald sustained two lacerations as a result.

The officer was transported to a local hospital, where he was treated and released. He is now recovering at home. Inmate McDonald was also transported to a local hospital for treatment of two lacerations, and has been transferred to another institution.

McDonald was received by CDCR on Oct. 25, 2016, from Orange County to serve a life sentence for first-degree murder, and two counts of attempted first-degree murder.

The primary mission of Wasco State Prison is to provide short-term housing necessary to process, classify and evaluate new inmates physically and mentally, to determine their security level, program requirements, and appropriate institutional placement. A 400-bed medium custody facility houses general population inmates to help support and maintain the reception center. A minimum custody facility provides institutional maintenance and landscaping services.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                          
Nov. 28, 2016   
 Contact: Martin Herrera
(661) 758-8400 ext. 5013  

Inmate Death at Valley State Prison Being Investigated As A Possible Homicide

CHOWCHILLA — Officials at Valley State Prison (VSP) are investigating the death of an inmate as a possible homicide.

On Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016, at approximately 9:10 a.m., inmate Efrain Rodriguez, 44, was found unresponsive in a dormitory. Life-saving measures were initiated and an ambulance was called to the scene, but Rodriguez was pronounced dead at 9:45 a.m.

Rodriguez was received by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) from Los Angeles County on June 26, 2015, and was serving a two-year, eight-month sentence for second-degree burglary and possession of a controlled substance. 

The incident is being investigated by VSP’s Investigative Services Unit. The eight-man dormitory has been sealed as a crime scene and the inmates housed there at the time have been transferred to the Administrative Segregation Unit pending the investigation. The Madera County District Attorney’s Office, Madera County Coroner’s Office and CDCR Special Service Unit are assisting with the investigation. The Office of the Inspector General was notified.

No staff members were injured as a result of this incident.

VSP was established in 1995 and functions as a Level II, General Population institution housing inmates requiring Sensitive Needs Yard placement. VSP also houses inmates who are assigned to the Enhanced Outpatient Program for inmates requiring a more enhanced treatment plan with mental health staff. The prison houses approximately 3,500 inmates and employs nearly 1,100 people.

CONTACT: Lt. Ronald Ladd
(559) 665-6100 ext. 5509