Thursday, December 30, 2010

Three AB 900 Correctional Facility Projects Approved

Effort will speed reentry, adult facility conversion and offer medical and mental health services

SACRAMENTO — Officials from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and California Prison Health Care Services signed documents on December 29 that will speed the conversion of shuttered correctional facilities in San Joaquin and San Luis Obispo counties to reduce prison overcrowding and improve medical and mental health services.

“California is taking another step toward offering community-based reentry services while reusing existing facilities to offer mental health treatment services needed right now,” said CDCR Secretary Matthew Cate.

Yesterday’s signing marked formal approval for each of the three proposed correctional projects and completion of the respective Environment Impact Report (EIR) process. The three projects are:

 Renovation and reuse of the former Northern California Women’s Facility in San Joaquin County as a 500-bed adult male secure community reentry facility pursuant to the mandates of AB 900, which envisioned this new type of correctional facility for inmates within 6-12 months of parole;

 Renovation and reuse of the former El Paso De Robles Youth Correctional Facility in San Luis Obispo County (closed in 2008) as a 1,000-bed Level II adult correctional facility to be named the Estrella Correctional Facility, and

 Renovation and reuse of the former Dewitt-Nelson Youth Correctional Facility in San Joaquin County (closed in 2008) as a 1,133-bed adult correctional facility with a mental health treatment mission.

All three projects are expected to be converted by 2013-14:

AB 900, also known as the Public Safety and Offender Rehabilitation Services Act of 2007, was designed to help reform California’s overburdened correctional system and address severe overcrowding in state prisons and local jails by funding new beds tied to rehabilitation and to create secure reentry facilities. AB 900, signed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in May 2007, provides $7.7 billion to add up to 53,000 prison and jail beds.


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December 30, 2010

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Riot at Red Rock Correctional Facility in Arizona Under Investigation

[UPDATED December 24, 2010 @ 11:31am]

ELOY, ARIZONA – Eloy Police Department investigators, managers from private prison operator Corrections Corporation of America and California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation investigators are examining a riot that broke out at the prison Thursday afternoon.

Ten inmates were injured and seven of them transported to outside hospitals for treatment of moderate to serious injuries. One of the seven remains hospitalized Friday for treatment of injuries, which are described as not life-threatening.

The incident occurred during the lunch hour in an area that houses only California inmates. CCA officials said 43 inmates are believed to have been involved. Original estimates were110 inmates. The 43 inmates were identified during a review of videotape, and all have been placed in administrative segregation pending further investigation.

CDCR is pleased with the professionalism and training of CCA staff in this situation. Following California approaches to crowd fighting, they knocked this down quickly with no injuries to staff. Staff issued lawful orders to the participating California inmates to end the altercation and then used pepper spray. Inmates complied with orders, and within 10 minutes the inmates stopped fighting and lay down.

The incident drew trained response teams from other areas of the prison, as well as mutual aid from the Eloy Police Department as a precautionary measure.

Riot at Red Rock Correctional Facility in Arizona Under Investigation. The facility and a nearby facility of similar size remained on lockdown Friday.

The 1,596-bed medium-security Red Rock Correctional Center is owned by Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and houses male inmates for the state of California and the state of Hawaii and detainees of the U.S. Marshals Service.

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December 23, 2010
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Bobbi Jo Roscoe-Bryan
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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Condemned Inmate John Levae Post’s Death Under Investigation

SAN QUENTIN – Condemned inmate John Levae Post, 42, died Monday afternoon, shortly after being found unresponsive in his cell at San Quentin State Prison.

Post, who was discovered unresponsive in his cell at 2:20 p.m. Monday, was pronounced dead at 2:52 p.m. The cause of death is under investigation.

Post was received onto California’s death row from Los Angeles County on December 26, 2001, for first-degree murder in the September 22, 1996, drive-by shooting deaths of Aaron Johnson, 17, and Larry Logan, 23.

He was sentenced to death on December 17, 2001.

Since 1978 when California reinstated capital punishment, 52 condemned inmates have died from natural causes; 18 have committed suicide; 13 were executed in California; one was executed in Missouri; five have died from other causes; and one cause of death, this latest, is under investigation. As of December 21, 2010, there are 717 offenders on California’s death row.
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Friday, December 17, 2010

Calaveras County Holds Groundbreaking for AB 900 Jail Construction Project

New Calaveras County Adult Detention Facility Quadruples County’s Jail Capacity

SAN ANDREAS – Officials with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and Calaveras County officials today conducted a groundbreaking ceremony for a major jail expansion that will quadruple the county’s jail capacity. It is the second groundbreaking this week for jail projects funded by Assembly Bill 900 (AB 900), which was signed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2007.

The Corrections Standard Authority (CSA) conditionally awarded $26,387,591 to Calaveras County to build the Calaveras County Adult Detention Facility, which will provide 160 new beds.

“This is another step in our journey of making California safer by increasing capacity in county jails,” CSA Chair and CDCR Secretary Matthew Cate said.

Originally built in 1963, the jail in Calaveras County has 65 beds. With limited space and a court ordered population cap, the county was forced to release offenders before they completed their full sentences.

“The AB 900 funding for new jail beds will help us provide the means to hold offenders accountable and reduce future victimization,” said Calaveras County Sheriff Dennis Downum. “This project is a partnership between the state, the county, and the citizens of Calaveras County.”

The project, which will add up to 240 new jail beds, is funded by a combination of lease revenue-bonds made available by AB 900 and county bond measures. The project is expected to go out to bid in January 2011, and construction is slated to begin in the spring.

The ceremony marked the second groundbreaking this week. On Wednesday, the governor and Secretary Cate joined San Bernardino County officials in a groundbreaking for a project to increase jail capacity in that county by 1,348 beds.

AB 900, also known as the Public Safety and Offender Rehabilitation Services Act of 2007, provides $7.7 billion to add up to 53,000 prison and jail beds. The legislation provides funding for treatment and rehabilitation beds and to reduce prison overcrowding.

AB 900, through a partnership with local governments, provides $1.2 billion to add 13,000 local jail beds to reduce overcrowding in jails. Each county is required to provide a 25 percent match for its share of the $1.2 billion, unless its population is less than 200,000. Counties that assist the state in locating reentry facilities and helping parolees receive mental health services will receive funding preference. Conditional funding for 11 counties, including Calaveras, has been awarded through the Corrections Standards Authority for jail bed expansions.

Calaveras County joined with Amador and San Joaquin counties to help the state locate the Northern California Reentry Facility planned in Stockton.

LINKS:

Corrections Standards Authority Jail Financing Website: http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/CSA/CFC/AB900_Program.html

Corrections Standard Authority Conditional Awards: http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/CSA/CFC/Docs/AB_900_Phase_I_Funding_111909.pdf

AB 900 Construction Status:
AB 900 Construction Update Fact sheet (PDF)

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Inmates Compensate Crime Victims

Nearly $32,000 Dispersed to Local Charities by “Joint Venture Program”


On December 15, the Joint Venture Program (JVP) at San Quentin State Prison presented checks for $10,659.27 each to three North Bay charities.

All three charities -- Sunny Hills, the Center for Domestic Peace and Bay Area Women against Rape -- assist local victims of crime.

The money dispersed by the JVP, a component of the CDCR that is managed by the California Prison Industry Authority (CALPIA), represents the local distribution of crime victim funds for fiscal year 2010-2011.

“The Joint Venture Program mandates that inmates pay 20 percent of their wages to victims of crime,” said San Quentin Warden Vincent Cullen. “The program provides inmates with training and real-work job experience, and offers inmates opportunities to obtain meaningful employment upon parole.”

The JVP was created in 1990 with the passage of Proposition 139, the Inmate Labor Initiative, which authorized private companies to establish businesses within California adult institutions and employ inmates as their work force. Inmates in the program earn a comparable wage and pay taxes, room and board, and family support. In addition, state and federal laws require the deduction of 20 percent of the inmates’ net wages to compensate victims of crime.

In fiscal year 2009-10, CDCR/CALPIA Joint Venture Programs disbursed more than $89,000 to crime victim groups throughout the state.

CALPIA is a self-financed state entity that receives all of its revenue from the sale of products it manufactures. The recidivism rate among CALPIA inmates is more than 25 percent lower than the general prison population, a success attributed to the job skills they receive by working in CALPIA business enterprises.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

AB 900 Jail Construction Project Groundbreakings: Protecting Public Safety in San Bernardino and Calaveras Counties

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger joined the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and local San Bernardino County officials on Wednesday to celebrate the groundbreaking of the first jail construction project as a result of AB 900. Increasing jail bed capacity for San Bernardino County, the project will provide the Adelanto Detention Center under the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department with a maximum-security 1,368 bed expansion.

The project will be funded through a combination of lease-revenue bonds made available by AB 900 and county funds. The Adelanto Detention Center expansion project will be coordinated by San Bernardino County and is expected to be completed in June 2013. The Adelanto Detention Center expansion project will total approximately $120 million in construction costs. The Corrections Standard Authority (CSA) conditionally awarded $82 million of that to San Bernardino County for construction and the remaining funds will be provided by the County.

On Friday, CDCR Secretary Matthew Cate and Calaveras County officials held a groundbreaking ceremony for a major jail expansion that will quadruple the county’s jail capacity. The Corrections Standard Authority (CSA) conditionally awarded $26,387,591 to Calaveras County to build the Calaveras County Adult Detention Facility, which will provide 160 new beds. Originally built in 1963, the jail in Calaveras County has 65 beds. With limited space and a court ordered population cap, the county was forced to release offenders before they had completed their full sentences.

AB 900, also known as the Public Safety and Offender Rehabilitation Services Act of 2007, provides $7.7 billion to add up to 53,000 prison and jail beds. The legislation provides funding for treatment and rehabilitation beds and to reduce prison overcrowding. Conditional funding for 11 counties, including Calaveras, has been awarded through the Corrections Standards Authority for jail bed expansions.

The events marked the first two local jail construction projects and added to three AB 900 construction project launched this year. In November, CDCR and California Prison Health Care Services broke ground on a 1,722-bed inmate medical facility southeast of Stockton. In June, CDCR broke ground on a 64-bed intermediate-care mental health facility at California Medical Facility in Vacaville and a 45-bed acute/intermediate-care mental health facility for female inmates at California Institution for Women in Chino. Click here for more information on the status of AB 900 construction projects, and click here and here for more information on AB 900 financing and awards through the Corrections Standards Authority.

Click here for additional photos from this event.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Wish Upon A Star

Kids of all ages from the Sacramento Children's Receiving Home wrote out their Christmas wishes on a star. Staff from the Division of Juvenile Justice made more than a dozen of them come true.




 
Staff from the Policy, Program, Procedures and Regulation (PPP&R) unit collected "stars" from the Home, on which children listed what they would like for Christmas. The office "elves" then went shopping to make many of the "wishes"come true. Last week was deliver day. The staff loaded bags and boxes into a caravan, delivering them to the front door of the Receiving Home, which is near the DJJ's South Sacramento headquarters.  The staff hopes that this is the beginning of a new tradition, with more staff invited to join in for next year. 

Friday, December 10, 2010

CDCR and Alameda County Sign First-Ever Reentry Partnership

Agreement will more effectively deliver services for parolees and aid in reducing recidivism

OAKLAND – California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Secretary Matthew Cate and Alameda County Sheriff Greg Ahern today signed the first-ever formal partnership between the department and a county to more effectively deliver reentry services to parolees.

“We are excited about this new partnership with Alameda County to strengthen our efforts to provide the services parolees need to succeed and stay out of prison,” said Secretary Cate. “Especially in this time of budget constraints, it is important that we work together to make the most effective use of our resources to help reduce recidivism.”

“This partnership will help us do a better job of using our resources for rehabilitation and job-related services so that these individuals will have a better chance to succeed once they are released from custody,” said Sheriff Ahern. “We look forward to working with CDCR to coordinate and strengthen our efforts to make our communities safer.”

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between CDCR and Alameda County establishes mechanisms for data sharing; identifying gaps in services; increasing collaboration with parole; and coordination with reentry service providers and local stakeholders to ensure that available resources are prioritized in the most effective manner to meet the risks and needs of Alameda County parolees. Under the agreement, Alameda County will also serve as a “laboratory” for piloting appropriate and effective reentry programming. The MOU recognizes that CDCR and the local community must work together to streamline and strengthen an offender’s reintegration into society. The goal of the MOU is to find solutions by increased coordination and cooperation between CDCR and the county.

CDCR utilizes contracted services in Alameda County to assist reentry for parolees. These include substance abuse treatment services provided through Substance Abuse Services Coordination Agencies; and California New Start, a partnership with the California Workforce Investment Board, the Employment Development Department and the Local Workforce Investment Boards, to provide prison-to-employment services.

The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office also offers a wide variety of reentry services for CDCR inmates at the Santa Rita Jail. These programs include General Education Development, literacy, anger management, computers, Independent Study, English as a Second Language, food service and other programs. Beginning in early 2011, it will also offer employability classes.

CDCR continues to pursue additional partnerships with other counties.

For more information, please visit CDCR’s Adult Programs website: http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/Adult_Programs/index.html.

For services available to parolees in Alameda County, see the California Community Resource Directory at:
http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/Community_Partnerships/Resource_Directory.aspx
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December 10, 2010
 
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Thursday, December 9, 2010

CDCR's Spirit of Giving, Community Support Continues In Annual Effort by Staff and Inmates

Media Urged to Visit Regional Events During the Holidays

SACRAMENTO – Today, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) released its annual calendar of community benefit activities organized by hundreds of CDCR employees statewide for the holidays. Click here for Calendar of events (PDF)

“Our employees have really stepped up to help local communities and needy families this year,” said CDCR Secretary Matthew Cate. “The holiday, charitable events and fundraisers underway by staff and inmates at institutions and field offices across California will help to brighten the holidays for those less fortunate.”

More than 50 activities and events will help to feed, clothe, and bring toys to needy families and children statewide. Food and donations to purchase food will feed hundreds as the holidays approach and cold weather sets in. An annual tradition begun several decades ago, this effort is held between the Thanksgiving holiday and New Year’s Day.


Typical holiday activities include offenders spending months creating crafts and toys, assembling holiday food baskets with donated goods and food, and rebuilding bicycles. Staff and volunteers work together to solicit donations, contribute to charitable activities, and ensure the final efforts are delivered to those most in need.

“The generosity and good will shown by our staff is impressive,” said Cate. “Because of their efforts, a few hundred more children will have a shiny bicycle and others got to eat a warm Thanksgiving meal. We want to continue the tradition of making a difference in our communities.”

CDCR oversees 33 adult state prisons ranging from minimum to maximum-custody, 44 conservation camps, 10 community correctional facilities and four facilities designed for inmate mothers and their children. For offenders released to parole, four parole regions oversee 190 parole units and sub-units in 84 separate locations. CDCR also oversees four facilities for juvenile offenders and regional parole offices for youths on parole. Nearly 65,000 employees oversee more than 274,000 adult and juvenile offenders in institutions and on parole.

View Holiday slideshow from Flickr

Download the complete list of holiday events (PDF format)


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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Casa Aurora Community-Based Female Offender Program Opens In Kern County

Program is First of its Kind in US

Bakersfield – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and Mental Health Systems, Inc. (MHS), hosted an open house for the state’s only Female Rehabilitative Community Correctional Center to highlight the groundbreaking rehabilitative program Casa Aurora in Bakersfield. The program is a collaboration between CDCR and MHS and is the first program of its kind in the country.

“We are very proud of this new and innovative program where MHS treatment staff work hand-in-hand with our correctional staff to rehabilitate incarcerated women using proven gender responsive principles,” said Debra Herndon, Associate Director of CDCR’s Female Offender Programs and Services. “This program allows female offenders to serve the remainder of their sentence in a therapeutic environment designed to assist them in reintegrating into society, improves community safety and reduces recidivism,” Herndon said.

Casa Aurora can accommodate 75 non-serious, non-violent female offenders, and provides rehabilitative services through a trauma-informed and gender-responsive program achieved through education and vocational programs, family and social support, health and mental health services, substance abuse treatment, comprehensive case management, and the establishment and completion of life goals.

“We were proud to show the community and officials the importance of this innovative new program and demonstrate how cost-effective this type of treatment can be,” said Kim Bond, president of Mental Health Systems.



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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Escapee from Pilot Rock Conservation Camp Apprehended in San Diego County

El Cajun, CA – A minimum custody inmate who walked away from Pilot Rock Conservation Camp has been taken in custody.

Special Agents from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s (CDCR), U.S. Marshals, and local

Law Enforcement apprehended inmate Edward David Torrison on Monday, November 22, 2010 at 5:15 p.m., at a location in

El Cajun of San Diego County.

On Friday, November 12, 2010, at approximately 5:30 p.m., inmate Torrison escaped from Pilot Rock Conservation Camp in Crestline, CA. Camp staff immediately notified local law enforcement and the Office of Correctional Safety (OCS). A search was initiated, and continued until his capture on Monday.

Torrison was taken into custody without incident and transported to California Institution for Men in Chino, CA.

Of all offenders who have escaped from an adult institution, adult camp, or adult community-based program since 1977, 99.1 percent have been apprehended.

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November 23, 2010 (209) 984-5291 extension 5499

Monday, November 22, 2010

Two Inmates who Walked Away from Folsom Apprehended

Howard in Custody in Inglewood; Summitt Returned to Folsom State Prison

FOLSOM – Two minimum-security inmates who walked away from the Folsom State Prison (FSP) Minimum Support Facility on October 19, 2010, have been taken into custody.

Inmate Jeffrey William Howard, 43, is in the custody of the Inglewood Police Department facing additional felony charges and will be released to Folsom Prison officials later this week. Howard originally was scheduled to parole in March 2011.

Inmate Garrett Daniel Summitt, 34, was taken into custody by FSP investigations staff members. Summitt is in custody at FSP where he will face additional charges relating to his walking away from the facility. He originally was scheduled to parole in October 2012.

FSP Investigative Services Unit officers and the CDCR’s Office of Correctional Safety agents worked collaboratively with local law enforcement agencies and the California Highway Patrol, which proved to be instrumental in the escape apprehension efforts.

FSP opened in 1880 and is California’s second-oldest prison. It houses 3,526 minimum- and medium-security inmates and employs more than 1,100 people.

CDCR Releases Online Community Resource Directory of Local Services for Parolees

Jobs and housing for newly released inmates reduce recidivism

SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) today launched an online Community Resource Directory for parolees, their families and other community members to help offenders successfully reintegrate into their neighborhoods and reduce recidivism.

“This new database makes a wealth of information available to help parolees find housing, jobs and the services they need to turn their lives around and stay out of prison,” said Elizabeth Siggins, Chief Deputy Secretary for Adult Programs.

The directory links to more than 10,000 organizations statewide, including a comprehensive array of community resources in each county. Visitors to the online directory can search up to 30 categories, including: Educational Services; Housing (including Section 8 housing, low-cost rental opportunities, sober-living homes, room-and-board homes, transitional-living homes, emergency shelter; and other housing resources); Mental Health; Substance-Abuse Treatment; Transportation; and Vocational Services (including job search and vocational training).

“During this time of budget constraints, it is more important than ever that we provide rapid access to information about community resources so that parolees will become contributors to their families and the community and live a crime-free life,” said Robert Ambroselli, Director of the Division of Adult Parole Operations (DAPO).

Numerous studies show that a parolee who finds and maintains a steady job – and who also has stable housing and avoids substance abuse – is less likely to reoffend. (Governor’s Rehabilitation Strike Team, Meeting the Challenges of Rehabilitation in California’s Prison and Parole System, 2007).

The Community Resource Directory is the result of a partnership among CDCR’s DAPO, the Office of Community Partnerships (OCP), and the California Prison Industry Authority (PIA). PIA provides productive work assignments for approximately 6,800 inmates at 23 prisons. Those inmates develop job skills as they work in more than 60 service, manufacturing and agricultural industries. OCP fosters partnerships with community organizations to help offenders overcome their challenges and prepare them to succeed when they are released.

The Community Resource Directory database is managed through the Correctional Offender Management Profiling for Alternative Sanctions (COMPAS) assessment tool that identifies services that offenders need to succeed upon release so that they will stay out of prison. The directory will be updated monthly.

To access the Community Resource Directory go to: http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/Community_Partnerships/Resource_Directory.aspx

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Friday, November 19, 2010

CDCR Parole Agents Arrest Nearly 580 Sex Offenders during “Operation Safe Playgrounds”

California Parolee Apprehension Teams Coordinate with 140 Partner Agencies to Track, Search, Cyber-monitor and Capture Sex Offenders

LOS ANGELES — A specialized team of parole agents with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) has arrested 579* parolees during a six-month multi-agency sting entitled Operation Safe Playground. The statewide operation, which began in July and continues through January, was conducted by state parole agents who specialize in parolee apprehension and GPS-monitoring, along with other law enforcement partners.

“Operation Safe Playground is designed to deter crimes against children by taking dangerous sex offenders off the streets and by sending a clear message to all sex offenders that our agents are watching them carefully,” said CDCR Division of Adult Parole Operations Director Robert Ambroselli. “Our teams are meticulously tracking sex-offender parolees’ movements, checking parolees’ property for prohibited contraband and searching sex offenders’ homes and their cyber world for any sign they may be preying on the innocent.”

The California Parolee Apprehension Team (CPAT) was created because of recent parole reforms launched by CDCR in January to direct more intense focus on parolees who pose the most risk to public safety. CPAT agents receive extensive training in fugitive apprehension, database searches, social networking, field tactics and firearms. The department also employees agents who specialize in GPS-monitoring of parolees.

Since July, parole agents and their law enforcement partners have conducted 1,276 parole and probation searches statewide, and arrested 579 sex offenders, 233 of whom were parolees-at-large.*

CPAT led more than 140 partner agencies including the FBI, the U.S. Marshals Service and local law enforcement departments statewide in this week’s efforts.

The efforts by CDCR and its law enforcement partners included:
  • Conducting Global Positioning System (GPS) parole searches;
  • Conducting searches on probationers;
  • Auditing registered non-parolee sex offenders;
  • Conducting social network checks;
  • Coordinating with Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) to scan computers and smart phones of parolees;
  • Analyzing GPS location tracks of transient sex offenders;
  • Conducting park and community surveillance;
  • Locating and apprehending at-large sex-offender parolees and wanted probationers;
  • Taking action on active warrants for sex offenders with the assistance of U.S. marshals;
  • Assisting local law enforcement with sex offenders who were not complying with the terms of parole or probation;
  • Investigating and following up on GPS tracking and community collateral contacts. 
This week alone – as part of California’s Special Enforcement Week – CPAT and its partner agencies have arrested nearly 350 sex offenders for the following offenses or violations:
  • Parolees-at-large 233
  • Child pornography 9
  • Pornography 87
  • Possession of drugs 46
  • Possession of weapons 36
  • Possession of contraband 131
(Contraband can include items such as computers, children’s toys, etc.)

“While it’s the responsibility of all parole agents to apprehend parolees-at-large, CPAT is improving our ability to find offenders who have absconded supervision,” Ambroselli said.

For more information about California parole and reforms, visit CDCR’s website at www.cdcr.ca.gov.

*Arrest totals are as of Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010.

Fact Sheets (PDF format):

http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/Parole/CPAT/docs/CPAT_participating_agencies_fact_sheet.pdf

Note to editors:
For B-Roll click on: http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/Parole/CPAT/docs/B-Roll_Advisory.pdf


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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

CDCR Annual Report Now Available Online

Corrections – Year at a Glance’ Features 20 Years Worth of Data, New Recidivism Rates and Demographics for CDCR Population

SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation today released the second edition of its annual report, Corrections – Year at a Glance, a compilation of frequently asked questions, facts and figures, and graphs about California’s largest state agency. The 2010 edition includes statistical updates on population trends, return-to-custody statistics, offender population figures and breakdowns and a review of the CDCR budget.

“Using current data about the adult and juvenile offender population demographics is crucial in identifying trends and shaping policies and procedures,” CDCR Secretary Matthew Cate said.

Corrections – Year at a Glance utilizes 20 years of data in some areas and includes graphic charts to illustrate trends over the years. It was created in a “fact book” format as a one-stop-shop for the most frequently asked questions about California’s corrections agency.

The report also includes chapters on the department’s budget, 20 years of demographics, a new section on recidivism rates, sections on adult and juvenile offenders, parolees and the three-strikes population; and rehabilitation programs.

The 39-page booklet was produced through a collaboration of all CDCR divisions. To view an online copy of Corrections – Year at a Glance, please visit:

http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/News/docs/CDCR_Year_At_A_Glance2010.pdf



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Friday, November 12, 2010

Sex Offender Task Force Issues Nine Recommendations

Group Said Recommendations Most Effective When Implemented Together

SACRAMENTO – A multi-agency task force, created to assist the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) in developing a comprehensive approach to sex offender supervision, released its report today that included nine interrelated recommendations to improve the department’s supervision of sex offender parolees.

“I directed the task force to review and evaluate all relevant policies and procedures, reports and recommendations from the California Sex Offender Management Board (CASOMB) and the Office of the Inspector General, to ensure CDCR is using best practices in supervising its sex offenders in order to improve public safety and reduce future victimization,” said CDCR Secretary Matthew Cate.

“This Task Force took a comprehensive approach to sex offender management and the effective use of Global Positioning System (GPS) technology,” said CDCR Division of Adult Parole Operations Director Robert Ambroselli. “We’ve created a team to review the recommendations.”

The Sex Offender Supervision and GPS Monitoring Task Force was a multi-disciplinary collaboration composed of CDCR staff including representatives from adult and juvenile parole and the Board of Parole Hearings; law enforcement representatives; victim advocates; the Office of the Inspector General; the National Institute of Justice; treatment providers; probation representatives; and industry experts.

The Task Force said its nine interrelated recommendations should be viewed as a package because they would be most effective if implemented together.

The Task Force recommends that CDCR:

Implement a Containment Model — It includes supervision, treatment, polygraphy and victim advocacy. All the recommendations in the report fit within the framework of this philosophy, which calls for collaboration, victim focus, containment tools, informed policy and quality control. (Note: This was part of the recently passed Chelsea’s Law.)

Add dynamic- and violence-risk assessments to static-risk assessment — Static-risk assessment relies primarily on factors from a parolee’s past. Dynamic-risk assessment takes into account a parolee’s life circumstances and a violence-risk assessment will more accurately determine an offender’s current risk.

Implement tiered supervision — CDCR has a two-tiered system: high-risk sex offenders and all others. Since risk of re-offense is greatest during the first year of release, supervision of all sex offenders should be most intensive during that time. Subsequent levels of supervision should be determined by static- and dynamic-risk factors, as well as the parolee’s behavior. An improved ability to determine risk will allow use of a three- or four-tiered system of supervision, enabling parole agents to focus resources where the need is greatest.

Discontinue “passive” GPS monitoring — Since the inception of the department’s GPS program, more than 20,000 sex offenders have been monitored on an “active” or “passive” level. At the active level, parole agents review all location data. At the passive level, parole agents review select location data. The Task Force recommends discontinuing passive monitoring and use active GPS monitoring for all sex offenders.

Create a Monitoring Center — GPS devices trigger alerts when a potential problem is detected, ranging from a low battery on a GPS device to an offender cutting the strap of a GPS unit. An alert does not mean a parole violation; however, thousands of alerts daily require a significant amount of parole agents’ time. California should follow the practices of Texas, Florida and Michigan and use a Monitoring Center to screen alerts, enabling parole agents to spend less time in front of a computer and more time focusing on serious alerts and direct supervision of paroled sex offenders.

Limit assignment of sex offender cases — Due to the added responsibilities and unique challenges faced by parole agents with a sex offender caseload, the Task Force recommends that parole agents in their probationary period or without prior experience not carry sex offender caseloads.

Implement a sex offender-to-agent ratio no greater than 20:1 — New laws and policies and GPS technology mandates have increased the duties and responsibilities of parole agents. Task Force recommendations, if adopted, would add to them. The 20:1 ratio would allow more effective supervision of sex-offender parolees.

Develop and implement improved accountability measures — CDCR has developed a 5-year plan to increase the presence of frontline supervisors and field training officers and automated reports. The Task Force — noting that public confidence in CDCR’s ability to effectively supervise sex offender parolees depends on strong internal accountability measures — recommends the department assess the quantity and quality of supervision contacts.

Require approval of each parolee’s residence — In 2007, only 88 paroled sex offenders were transient or homeless. Today, more than 2,100 sex offenders are homeless, compromising effective monitoring and supervision and increasing the likelihood offenders abscond supervision. The Task Force noted that blanket residence restrictions have not improved public safety and recommends targeted residence restrictions. GPS technology allows the creation of exclusion zones, which can aid parole agents in monitoring the targeted restrictions for each parolee.

“The supervision of sex offender parolees is an evolving process as new laws and policies are recommended and enacted,” Ambroselli said. “Some of the recommendations in this report are in the early stages of implementation. I look forward to reviewing and collaborating with Secretary Cate, my staff, the Legislature and the Governor’s Office to help create a safer California.”

View the report at: http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/News/docs/Sex_Offender_and_GPSTask_Force_Report.pdf

For more information about parole operations and sex offender supervision, visit http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/Parole/index.html


For Immediate Release
Contact: Terry Thornton
(916) 445-4950

UPDATE: CDCR Breaks Ground on New Prison Health Care Facility

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and California Prison Health Care Services (CPHCS) on Nov. 4, 2010 broke ground on a 1,722-bed inmate medical facility southeast of Stockton. The facility will strengthen inmate medical care and create thousands of jobs. The ceremony, on the site of the former Karl Holton Youth Correctional Facility, was attended by elected officials, local dignitaries and CDCR and CPHCS officials. The slideshow features audio excerpts from the ceremony including comments from Matthew Cate, CDCR Secretary; Lois Wolk, Senator, 5th District; Jose Solorio, Assemblyman, 69th District; and J. Clark Kelso, Receiver, California Prison Health Care Services.

Slideshow: http://www.flickr.com/photos/37381942@N04/sets/72157625189460435/show/
 
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQ9LMpIK5ZA

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

CDCR, Local Law Enforcement Agencies Arrest 17 Sex Offenders at California Fairs

GPS Exclusion Zones Placed Around 17 Fairs to Enhance Public Safety

SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) today announced that 17 sex offenders on Global Positioning System (GPS) monitoring were arrested for being on the grounds of the State or county fairs. Statewide, more than 100 CDCR parole agents worked with local police agencies checking for sex offenders at 17 different fairgrounds. Additional agents provided monitoring from remote locations using GPS location technology.

“With the use of GPS technology and patrols by CDCR parole agents, a significant contribution to public safety was achieved by keeping sex offender parolees away from the state and county fairs,” said Robert Ambroselli, Director, CDCR Division of Adult Parole Operations (DAPO). “The 2010 results show that we are keeping sex offenders out of these public events and away from families.”

For a second year in a row, parole agents using GPS technology created exclusion zones around fairgrounds to alert agents of any parolee sex offender entering the zones. Agents monitored location data remotely and on-site using laptop computers. Other agents, working in tandem with local law enforcement agencies, patrolled fairgrounds. Prior to the events, parolee sex offenders were instructed by their parole agents not to enter the exclusion zones.


During the operation, which lasted from June 23 through Oct. 3, parole agents and local law enforcement made the following arrests: one at the California State Fair; three at the Silver Dollar Fair in Chico; one at the Kern County Fair; one at the Ventura County Fair; one at the Santa Clara County Fair; six at the Orange County Fair; and four at the Los Angeles County Fair. Five parolees not on GPS monitoring and not sex offenders were arrested — three at the California State Fair and two at the Silver Dollar Fair. Parole agents also monitored the movements of gang members using GPS tracking; however, there were no reported incidents or arrests involving gang members at the fairs.

In 2009, 35 sex offenders were arrested in similar operations at eight fairs, including five at the California State Fair and 14 at the Los Angeles County Fair.

“The decline in arrests in 2010 may indicate sex offenders are getting the message to stay away from public events with children,” Ambroselli noted.

CDCR has been utilizing GPS technology since June 2005 to enhance public safety.

GPS monitoring is used as a tool to assist parole agents and local law enforcement with the supervision of high-risk parolees and sex offenders.

California is the nation’s leader in using GPS technology to monitor parolee movement with 6,579 sex offenders and 932 high-risk gang offenders being tracked as of Nov. 9.

Since December 31, 2008, the DAPO has placed all parolees who are required by law to register under terms of Penal Code 290 on GPS monitoring. The system is used to monitor parole compliance at events such as fairs, conventions and other locations where adults and children congregate.

For the past two years, any sex offender parolee on GPS monitoring who entered a fair with an “exclusion zone” set off an alert notifying agents. Once the notification was received, on-site agents would track offender movements to determine if any parole condition specific to that parolee was being violated, and arrest the individual as necessary.

“It’s important for sex offenders on parole to understand that we are intent on keeping close supervision on their movements in the interest of protecting public safety,” added Ambroselli. “It would be in their best interest to stay away from events where families with children congregate.”

Video: California State Fair GPS 2010 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABYrb173Gy4

Video: GPS Monitoring: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWyY-ZlBMXU

CDCR Sex Offender Information: http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/Parole/Sex_Offender_Facts/index.html

CDCR DAPO Electronic Monitoring (GPS): http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/Parole/Electronic_Monitoring_Unit/index.html

How GPS Works: http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/Parole/Sex_Offender_Facts/GPS.html

For Immediate Release
Contact: Terry Thornton or Paul Verke
(916) 445-4950

Friday, November 5, 2010

Folsom State Prison Celebrates 130 Years of Public Safety, Notoriety and Community Participation

Free Admission to Folsom Prison Museum Through Nov. 24

REPRESA – Folsom State Prison, the state’s second-oldest prison, kicks off a celebration tonight of 130 years of public safety service. The Folsom community will join in recognizing the correctional facility’s unique history and unusual status as a popular Northern California tourist destination.

As part of the celebration, admission to the Folsom Prison Museum will be free through Nov. 24, the day before Thanksgiving. The museum is on the grounds of the state’s iconic correctional facility.

The initial celebration tonight in the Folsom Community Center, 52 Natoma St., will feature special exhibits and activities acknowledging the prison’s role as the region’s first – and possibly oldest – ongoing local employer.

“While Folsom State Prison enjoys a legendary status not many prisons can claim, it is a living, working correctional facility that continues –130 years later – to house, feed and provide rehabilitation opportunities for inmates in the state prison system,” said Scott Kernan, Undersecretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). “We appreciate the Folsom community’s ongoing support for this legacy institution and for the welfare of the men and women who work there.”

The prison was formally opened July 26, 1880, with the transfer of 44 of San Quentin State Prison’s toughest “cons” as the first inhabitants. By September 1880, the prison had a population of 208 inmates. The single-cell capacity of the prison at that time was 328, hewn from steel, iron and granite generated from local forges and quarries.

Today, the prison, with its own ZIP code and locale referred to as “Represa,” houses nearly 3,600 Level II and III medium-security inmates and has 1,100 staff. Folsom State Prison and the adjacent California State Prison, Sacramento, built in 1986, sit on 1,200 acres.

Sponsors of tonight’s 500-seat event, which is nearly sold out, include the Folsom Prison Museum, Folsom Tourism Bureau and the Correctional Peace Officer’s Foundation, Inc.

Folsom State Prison Warden Rick Hill said the role of the prison in the community remains pivotal. He said his institution regularly fields requests from area nonprofit and civic organizations for assistance on a variety of community projects.

“Folsom State Prison, its employees and inmates have provided services to the community and the CDCR for 130 years,” Hill said. “It is appropriate the prison’s storied past, which is rich in history and tradition, be celebrated and shared with all.”

Hill encourages anyone who has never visited the museum to take advantage of the free admission through Nov. 24 to learn more about Folsom State Prison’s ties to local and state growth, politics and the criminal justice system.

The four-room museum features hundreds of exhibits and artifacts dating back to the 1878 construction of Folsom State Prison as one of the country’s first maximum-security prisons. The 2,100-square-foot museum occupies one of the oldest buildings on the prison grounds, a house built in 1875 by the Natoma Mining Company.

Also tonight, Joel Eis, owner of Marin County’s The Rebound Bookstore, will “return to state custody” the original printer’s proof of a 1940 edition about Folsom State Prison. The book, printed in the prison print shop, details the prison’s history up to that point. Eis discovered the artifact as part of his business and wanted to make sure it was returned to the State.

The book, entitled As Prescribed by Law: a Treatise on Folsom State Prison, notes it was “generated in the print shop at Represa.” The volume is illustrated with hand-carved woodcuts and hand-mounted photographs. While the printer’s proof is unnumbered, the book states that 75 copies were planned.

Eis said it appeared to be a gift from Albert Mundt to the warden at San Quentin State Prison, Clinton Duffy, in September 1941. Mundt, who later became a Sacramento Superior Court judge, was working as a clerk at the prison at the time.

“We are so incredibly excited to see this book,” said former correctional officer and Folsom State Museum curator Jim Brown. “No one I know has ever seen a copy of it. It was something we only heard about, but could never find a copy.”

In addition Brown will be signing copies of his second book about the prison entitled 130 years of the Folsom Prison Legend, at the event.

Brown serves as chief historian for the museum and assists in its day-to-day operations.

Museum fees and funds generated by picture sales go to four specific charities: the American Cancer Society, The Make-A-Wish Foundation, Magic Wish, and a new recipient, Fisher House, which provides housing support for the families of returning military personnel who have lost limbs or suffered other disabilities and are undergoing physical therapy.

The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week.

For more information about or directions, please call the museum at (916) 985-2561 extension 4589 or visit their website http://www.folsomprisonmuseum.org/ Or visit the Folsom Tourism Bureau website at: http://www.visitfolsom.com/history/prison.aspx

Please also visit our 130 year historical tribute to Folsom prison at www.cdcr.ca.gov/history/folsom/index.html


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: George Kostyrko (916) 445-4950

Thursday, November 4, 2010

CDCR Enters Contract with GEO Group Inc., Contract Discussions Could Net 5,000 Additional Out-of-State Beds

SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) announced today it has contracted for nearly 2,600 additional beds in out-of-state prison facilities in an effort to reduce inmate overcrowding and increase access to rehabilitation programs.


“Reducing overcrowding in our prisons is a priority,” said Scott Kernan, CDCR Undersecretary for Operations. “Our ability to place offenders out of state offers us much needed flexibility, which ultimately creates a safer environment for inmates, our staff and the public.”

CDCR entered into a new contract with the GEO Group Inc., and plans to extend an agreement with the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) to house additional inmates out of state. CDCR also has notified CCA of its intent to award additional contracts for beds not currently under contract.

CDCR currently has 9,941 inmates housed in contracted out-of-state facilities that have a capacity to house 10,468 inmates. As part of its overcrowding reduction strategies, CDCR has used privately run prison facilities in other states since 2006 when a 2006 emergency proclamation and the subsequent passage of Assembly Bill (AB) 900, the Public Safety and Offender Rehabilitation Services Act of 2007 provided authority for CDCR to transfer inmates to private facilities in other states.

CDCR prisons are still overcrowded with higher-custody inmates who require housing in a celled environment and are not eligible for low-security housing. The out-of-state prisons provide CDCR the additional necessary celled housing.

As planned, the revision of an existing contract and the signing of a contract with a new private prison operator will eventually provide 5,836 new out-of-state beds to house California offenders for a total of approximately 15,424 beds. In November 2009, CDCR announced the start of the process to add the additional out-of-state beds.

Since the department began the out-of-state transfers, it has reduced the number of inmates in non-traditional housing – gymnasiums, dorms, dayrooms and other areas of prisons not intended for housing – from a high of 19,618 in August 2007 to 8,276 currently.

CDCR began regular movements of inmates to these facilities in October 2006. Inmates transferred to out-of-state facilities undergo a comprehensive medical, dental and mental health screening.

The new contract allows for approximately 2,580 California inmates to be housed in a GEO Group facility in Michigan.

In October 2006, CDCR entered into a contractual relationship with CCA. The Nashville-based Corporation currently houses a total of 9,941 California inmates in the Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility (Mississippi); North Fork Correctional Facility (Oklahoma); Florence Correctional Center (Arizona); Red Rock Correctional Center (Arizona); and the La Palma Correctional Center (Arizona). With the contract renewal, CDCR will no longer house inmates in the Florence Correctional Facility which would pose a reduction of 880 beds at that facility. CDCR, however, has notified CCA of its intent to contract for approximately 3,256 beds in Colorado and Minnesota facilities, contingent on finalizing negotiations.

This contract revision with CCA will temporarily reduce the existing contracted capacity with CCA from 10,468 to 9,588 beds. In time the additional 3,256 beds that CCA is expected to provide, following contract negotiations, will bring the total number of beds to 15,424 – a net increase of available out-of-state beds for California inmates.

On October 20, 2010, the California inmate population was 165,008 statewide. The current population is 8,471 less than the all-time high of 173,479 reached in October 2006.



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: George Kostyrko (916) 445-4950

CDCR Breaks Ground on New Prison Health Care Facility

California Health Care Facility-Stockton — One of Several AB 900 Projects Kicking Off in 2010 — Will Add Jobs for Region and Provide Treatment for Inmates

STOCKTON – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and California Prison Health Care Services (CPHCS) today broke ground on a 1,722-bed inmate medical facility southeast of Stockton, which will strengthen inmate medical care and create thousands of jobs. The ceremony, on the site of the former Karl Holton Youth Correctional Facility, was attended by elected officials, local dignitaries and CDCR and CPHCS officials.
 
The groundbreaking marked CDCR’s third Assembly Bill 900 (AB 900) construction project launched this year. In June, CDCR broke ground on a 64-bed intermediate-care mental health facility at California Medical Facility in Vacaville and a 45-bed acute/intermediate-care mental health facility for female inmates at California Institution for Women in Corona. AB 900, also known as the Public Safety and Offender Rehabilitation Services Act of 2007, was signed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on May 3, 2007, and provides $7.7 billion to add 53,000 prison and jail beds. The legislation provided funding for beds for treatment and rehabilitation and to reduce prison overcrowding.
 
“We have made tremendous progress on construction projects initiated by AB 900,” said CDCR Secretary Matthew Cate. “This new health care facility will enhance safety and security at all CDCR prisons, while creating new jobs in San Joaquin County. It supports our mission, frees up bed space and staff at other facilities and contributes to the local economy.”
 
The medical facility will treat physically and mentally ill state prison inmates. Construction is expected to be completed within three years. Security will include a 13-foot-high lethal electrified fence surrounding the facility and a 24-hour roving patrol.
 
“The California Health Care Facility-Stockton (CHCF) is a hallmark achievement for the health care in our prisons,” said Receiver J. Clark Kelso. “It helps California move toward compliance with federal court orders for inmate health care, while providing quality medical care.”
 
Construction activities will support nearly 5,500 jobs in the regional economy, including up to 1,700 construction workers a day on site. Upon completion, the facility will create more than 2,400 civil servant jobs and infuse an estimated $220 million annually into the San Joaquin County economy. As a part of this project, San Joaquin County will receive an estimated $1 million in sales tax revenue from construction materials, equipment and supplies. San Joaquin General Hospital will be paid to establish a 25-bed guarded medical unit.
 
The total estimated cost for the California Health Care Facility-Stockton project is $906 million and will include the following:
  • Buildings totaling 1.2 million square-feet
  • A visitor and staff entry building
  • Housing for 1,722 patient-inmates
  • A central kitchen
  • Patient-inmate housing clusters
  • Staff training facilities
  • A diagnostic and treatment center
  • Parking areas
  • A central energy plant
  • Silver certified as a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building
  • Warehouse and support facilities
Security will include:
  • 13-foot-high lethal electrified fence
  • Vehicle-inspection point
  • 24-hour patrol
  • Exterior lighting
  •  Eleven 45-foot-tall guard towers

The URS Corporation of San Francisco will serve as the construction management consultant during the design, construction, commissioning and activation for the CHCF project.
CDCR’s Division of Facilities, Planning and Construction Management oversees all state prison construction in California. CDCR operates 33 prisons statewide and provides rehabilitative programming and secure custody for 165,000 inmates.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT:
Terry Thornton, Paul Verke, CDCR (916) 445-4950
Liz Kanter, CPHCS (916) 323-2495

CDCR’s 18th Annual “Operation Boo” A Big Success

SACRAMENTO -- A total of 900 parolees throughout the state received surprise visits Halloween night, and a total of 92 arrests were made for a variety of parole violations during the California Department of Correction and Rehabilitation’s (CDCR) 18th annual “Operation Boo.”

Agents from CDCR’s Division of Adult Parole Operations were out in force to make sure parolee sex-offenders were in compliance with the conditions of their parole. For Halloween all parolee sex offenders must adhere to additional restrictions, including:
  • A 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew during which they must remain indoors;
  • All exterior lights of their homes must be turned off so that it looks as if no one is home;
  • No offering of Halloween candy and no decorations allowed;
  • During the curfew they may open their doors only to law enforcement.

 Although many arrests were made for violations of these Halloween restrictions, parole agents also found other violations including drug possession, weapons, and Internet activity. Those arrested on parole violations will be returned to prison.

 
A few counties had special programs for transient/homeless parolee sex offenders. Alameda County had 46 transient/homeless parolees participate in a structured program at the Oakland Parole Complex, keeping them there all night. Solano and Contra Costa counties had a similar event, “Commitment to Change,” where another 41 parolees were at the Vallejo Parole Office.

 
For more information about parole operations, visit the Division of Adult Parole Operations web page at www.cdcr.ca.gov and select the “Parole” tab.

 

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

New Recidivism Report Shows Decline of Inmates Returning to Prison

The “2010 Adult Institutions Outcome Evaluation Report” Makes Recidivism Data
Available for Adult Offenders Released from Prison


SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) today released a new publication, the 2010 Adult Institutions Outcome Evaluation Report. The report shows an overall decline in one-year recidivism rates since 2005, a watershed year marked by the Governor’s commitment to add “Rehabilitation” to CDCR’s title and mission.

The report shows that one-year recidivism rates fell from 49.1 percent for offenders released from prison in fiscal year 2005/06 to 47.5 percent for offenders released in fiscal year 2007/08. This recidivism measure includes inmates returned to prison, whether for new crimes or for parole violations.

“These results are very encouraging,” said CDCR Secretary Matthew Cate. “I am committed to continuing our rehabilitation efforts to help recidivism rates decline even further.”

More than 100,000 offenders have been released each year from CDCR prisons since fiscal year 2004/05, magnifying the effect of even slight changes in recidivism rates.

“The 1.6 percentage point overall drop in recidivism we see here represents a decrease in thousands of crimes,” said Steven Chapman, Assistant Secretary, Office of Research.

While CDCR has tracked return-to-prison rates for first-time felons released from prison since 1977, the 2010 Adult Institutions Outcome Evaluation Report expands this measure of recidivism to include re-released felons and felons who have been discharged from parole. Measured over a three-year period, inmates released in fiscal year 2005/06 have a recidivism rate of 67.5 percent.

Other key findings in the report include:
  • Nearly three-quarters of felons who recidivate did so within a year of release.
  • Most recidivists returned to prison for parole violations.
  • After three years, re-released felons returned to prison at a rate 16.8 percentage points higher than those released for the first time.
  • Females have a three-year return-to-prison rate of 58 percent, which is approximately 10 percentage points lower than that of males.
  • In general, recidivism rates declined with age. Among inmates, ages 18 to 24 when released in fiscal year 2005/06, nearly 75 percent returned to prison within three years, compared to about 67 percent ages 40 to 44 and 46 percent of those 60 years of age and older.
  • Sex offenders recidivate at a slightly lower rate compared with other felons. Of the sex offenders who recidivate, 86 percent do so because of a parole violation.

The in-depth report also includes analyses of demographics including gender, age, offense, arrest history, length of stay, risk category, mental health status and behavior while under CDCR custody and supervision.

The 2010 Adult Institutions Outcome Evaluation Report is the first in a series of annual reports about the outcomes of inmates released from CDCR correctional institutions. The report is published by the CDCR Office of Research, which provides research, data analysis and evaluation to implement evidence-based programs and practices, strengthen policy, inform management decisions and ensure accountability.

To view the entire report, please visit http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/Adult_Research_Branch/Research_Documents/ARB_FY0506_Outcome_Evaluation_Report.pdf.

For Immediate Release
Contact: Terry Thornton or Paul Verke
(916) 445-4950

Friday, October 29, 2010

CDCR Conducts 18th Annual “Operation Boo” Sex Offender Checks during Halloween Night

Parole agents from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation will be out in force Halloween night to ensure sex offenders are in compliance with the law. “Operation Boo” is conducted to ensure that sex offenders comply with the following strict limitations:


• A 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew during which parolees must remain indoors.

• All exterior lights of their homes must be turned off so that it looks as if no one is home.

• No offering of candy and absolutely no Halloween decorations are allowed.

• During the curfew, sex offender parolees can only open the door to respond to law enforcement, such as parole agents who are patrolling their caseload to ensure compliance.


“It is our mission to provide public safety and this operation ensures that families can enjoy the evening without coming into contact with any paroled sex offender in the community,” said Robert Ambroselli, Director of CDCR’s Division of Adult Parole Operations.

CDCR imposes its most stringent parole conditions on sex offenders Halloween night, but CDCR has strict conditions and limitations on these parolees year-round. Each and every one of these parolee sex offenders is also monitored by Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) technology to track their everyday movement.

Contact:
Cassandra Hockenson

(916) 324-4586

Thursday, October 28, 2010

CDCR Gives Local Charities Hundreds of Contraband Cell Phones

CDCR Safe Cell Phone Program donates phones to victims of abuse

SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) has developed a way to donate thousands of cell phones to domestic violence organizations throughout the state in recognition of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

CDCR Secretary Matthew Cate delivered cell phones and chargers Thursday to Beth Hassett, the executive director of Women Escaping a Violent Environment, to mark the beginning of the project. The cell phones will be distributed to victims of domestic violence to call 911 in an emergency.

Building on the success of programs such as at Ironwood State Prison, CDCR is working with all institutions to expand the donation project statewide.

In 2007, CDCR staff collected nearly 1,400 contraband cell phones – either confiscated from inmates or discovered on prison grounds — and in 2008, approximately 2,800. By 2009, that number had grown to 6,995, and so far this year, more than 7,835 cell phones have been collected.

With thousands of contraband cell phones sitting in boxes, CDCR officials are pleased the donation project presents a viable solution beyond simply contributing to a landfill.

Finding an ultimate good use for the phones, however, does not mitigate the concern about their initial presence in the prisons. Contraband cell phone usage is a problem that CDCR takes very seriously.

Cell phone use by inmates poses a security risk as it circumvents a prison’s monitoring processes. Modern cell phones can record video images, record conversations, provide Internet capability and be used to commit crimes. CDCR officials are concerned they can be used to plan escapes; coordinate riots in multiple institutions; or conduct drug trade outside the prison.

To combat the use of contraband cell phones, CDCR is implementing new methods of detection, including the use of dogs specially trained to sniff out a cell phone.

CDCR’s Office of Community Partnerships (OCP) and Office of Victim and Survivor Rights and Services (OVSRS) are proud to be working with domestic violence organizations to put the contraband cell phones into the hands of a vulnerable segment of society.

OCP works in conjunction with Community Partnership Managers at each institution and with volunteer organizations, law enforcement agencies, schools, corporations and other agencies to build a working relationship between the CDCR and the community. The OCP strives to create strong partnerships with community-based providers and the communities in order to provide services critical to an offender’s success on parole.

OVSRS provides advocacy services, as well as support for rehabilitative opportunities for offenders. Specifically, the OVSRS maintains a comprehensive victim services program and supports justice practices to ensure offender rehabilitation and accountability to victims, the community and to themselves.

For more information about OCP, please call (916) 327-4901.

For questions and/or services, please call OVSRS toll-free at 1-877-256-6877.

For Immediate Release
Contact: Terry Thornton

(916) 445-4950

News Advisory: CDCR Conducts 18th Annual “Operation Boo”

Sex Offender Checks during Halloween Night

WHAT:         Operation Boo, Sunday, October 31, 2010, Halloween Night
WHERE:      Throughout all four Parole Regions in California
WHEN:         From 5 p.m. to 5 a.m.

SACRAMENTO – Parole agents from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation will be out in force Halloween night to ensure sex offenders are in compliance with the law. “Operation Boo” is conducted to ensure that sex offenders comply with the following strict limitations:

• A 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew during which parolees must remain indoors.
• All exterior lights of their homes must be turned off so that it looks as if no one is home.
• No offering of candy and absolutely no Halloween decorations are allowed.
• During the curfew, sex offender parolees can only open the door to respond to law enforcement, such as parole agents who are patrolling their caseload to ensure compliance.

“It is our mission to provide public safety and this operation ensures that families can enjoy the evening without coming into contact with any paroled sex offender in the community,” said Robert Ambroselli, Director of CDCR’s Division of Adult Parole Operations.

CDCR imposes its most stringent parole conditions on sex offenders Halloween night, but CDCR has strict conditions and limitations on these parolees year-round. Each and every one of these parolee sex offenders is also monitored by Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) technology to track their everyday movement.

Media interested in additional information please contact Cassandra Hockenson at (916) 445-4950.

FOR PLANNING PURPOSES
Contact: Cassandra Hockenson or Terry Thornton
(916) 445-4950

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Sister Terry Dodge One of Five Winners of 2010 Minerva Award at California First Lady Maria Shriver’s Women’s Conference

Sister Dodge’s program, Crossroads, provides substance-abuse treatment for female parolees

SACRAMENTO – Sister Terry Dodge, whose program, Crossroads, provides services for women parolees released from prison after extended periods of incarceration, is one of five 2010 Minerva Award winners being honored this evening at California first lady Maria Shriver’s Women’s Conference in Long Beach. Crossroads is a community based substance-abuse treatment provider under contract with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR).

“Sister Terry provides the second chance that many women need to turn their lives around and successfully reunite with their families and communities,” said CDCR Secretary Matthew Cate. “She truly deserves this honor for providing these women with a helping hand and the support they need to start a new, fulfilling life.”

Women who have been incarcerated for a long time face unique obstacles to adjusting to life on the outside. Crossroads offers long-term transitional housing where newly released female parolees learn how to adjust to life outside prison. They are taught substance-abuse avoidance and life skills, as well as being provided education and employment-related services.

The Minerva Awards, created by Maria Shriver in 2004, recognize extraordinary legacies of service and contributions to California and the country. This year's Minerva Award other honorees are Oprah Winfrey; former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor; Carolyn Blashek, who launched Operation Gratitude to send personalized care packages to deployed soldiers; and Oral Lee Brown, who began a foundation to provide educational assistance and financial scholarships to at-risk school children. Minerva Award winners receive $25,000 grants from the conference to further their work.

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama is among the many state and national opinion makers participating in The Women’s Conference 2010.

For additional information, visit the 2010 Minerva Awards website at: http://www.womensconference.org/the-minerva-awards-201/

For Immediate Release
Contact: Peggy Bengs
(916) 445-4950

Inmate Death at Corcoran State Prison

CORCORAN – On October 24, 2010, at approximately 3:00 a.m., a Los Angeles County inmate was pronounced deceased at Corcoran State Prison’s (CSP-C), John D. Klarich Memorial Hospital.

The deceased inmate, Arturo Avila, 44, began serving a multiple life term from Los Angeles County on July 31, 1989, for first-degree murder and had been housed at CSP-C since June 30, 2010.

The cause of death has not yet been determined; however, it is being investigated as a homicide by the Kings County District Attorney’s Office. The prison’s Investigative Services Unit is cooperating with the investigation and the Office of the Inspector General’s Bureau of Independent Review has been notified.

The suspect in this case is a 35 year-old inmate serving a 30 year plus two months to life term from Sacramento County for second-degree murder. He has been incarcerated in state prison since September 12, 1996, and has been housed at CSP-C since June 30, 2010.

CSP-Corcoran opened in 1988 and is a complex multi-mission institution located five miles south of Corcoran. The prison houses nearly 5,500 minimum-, medium-, maximum- and high-security custody inmates. The Kings County prison offers academic classes and vocational programs as well as community programs and work crews. The prison employs approximately 2,320 people.

For immediate release
October 24, 2010
Contact: Maria T. Cisneros
(559) 992-6104