Monday, October 17, 2016

CIM video dorks

Good job CIM staff for not biting! These Bozo's were looking to get a rise out of staff.

Friday, October 14, 2016

CIW Warden Garcia

CHINO >> A former California Institution for Women warden can face trial for allegedly failing to stop a guard from sexual abusing female inmates — which in one case resulted in an inmate’s pregnancy, an appellate court ruled this week.
The trial was set to begin in April 2014 when the former warden, Guillermo Garcia, appealed in March 2014, saying “he should be immune from liability and dismissed from the case,” according to a news release by Oakland-based Justice First Attorneys at Law. A federal appeals court rejected his appeal Wednesday.

Garcia “knew or should have known about the sexual misconduct and retaliation” perpetrated by one of his guards, the original lawsuit alleges. Instead, the warden “failed to prevent further harm to plaintiffs.”
Justice First represents plaintiffs Jossie Ramos and Melissa Ortiz, who were incarcerated at the California Institution for Women in 2010 when Garcia was warden.
“Mr. Garcia ignored several reports from a prison lieutenant that former Corrections Officer Gary Swatzell was engaging in sexual misconduct with several inmates,” the lawyers said in a news release. In addition, it states Garcia didn’t report Swatzell’s alleged sexual misconduct to the California Dept. of Corrections and Rehabilitation and he ignored the lieutenant’s complaint that Swatzell physically assaulted her in retaliation for reporting his sexual misconduct.

According to the original complaint, Ramos and Ortiz were subjected to ongoing sexual abuse by Swatzell, who allegedly abused his authority by making threats and bribes in exchange for sexual contact with inmates.
Ramos and Ortiz, the complaint continues, “were repeatedly coerced into engaging in sexual acts with Swatzell without their lawful consent. Ramos was impregnated by Swatzell and delivered a child who she is now unable to care for and raise.”
The child is now 5 years old, the news release states.

The case is expected to go to trial in 2017, the news release states.
In addition to Garcia and Swatzell, the complaint names as defendants corrections officers Jason Horigan, Ricardo Llamas, Sgt. Luis Flores, and Lt. Peggy Maldonado, as well as Matthew Cate, secretary of California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
The state Attorney General’s Office is representing the defendants. A representative could not be reached for comment.

HDSP Report

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Employees at a remote Northern California prison largely view inmates as "little more than wild animals" incapable of being rehabilitated, according to the latest in a long series of critical reports.
California corrections officials sought the external review after the state inspector general reported last year that High Desert State Prison guards had created a "culture of racism" and engaged in alarmingly frequent use of force against inmates.
The Association of State Correctional Administrators found little evidence of overt racism, but plenty of other problems at the maximum security prison housing about 3,800 inmates near Susanville, nearly 200 miles from Sacramento.
Employees view themselves as united in a two-front battle against some of the state's toughest inmates on one side and a distant, disconnected state bureaucracy on the other, according to the report provided to The Associated Press.
The report blames a lack of communication and leadership at the prison, which has had 15 wardens in its 21 years of existence — five in the last 18 months.
That "has left the staff without a clear sense of direction, and in particular unaware of the change toward rehabilitation in the department's mission," says the report. "In their view, efforts to rehabilitate inmates of the type housed at HDSP, who they view as little more than wild animals, are both futile and dangerous."
Guards rarely interact with inmates unless violence erupts, tacitly allowing illegal activities like gambling among inmates as a way of keeping the peace, the review team found.
"It was as if the officers and the inmates had reached an agreement. 'You can do your thing, and we'll do ours, so long as you don't get violent,'" the reviewers wrote. "Viewing inmates as dangerous animals, the officers do little to prevent violence but rather keep their distance waiting for it to occur. When it does occur, which it does almost daily, they react quickly en mass to suppress it with force."
Nichol Gomez, a spokeswoman for the California Correctional Peace Officers Association, which represents most prison guards, said Friday that the union was reviewing the report and she could not immediately comment.
Employees of all races denied the institutionalized racism described by the inspector general.
Minority inmates denied being addressed with racist language, though they believed they were victims of discrimination. Reviewers found white inmates were disproportionately assigned to skilled jobs, while Latinos were underrepresented. Black inmates were disproportionately likely to face discipline and use of force.
"They found all the same statistical disparities that we did," said Shaun Spillane, a spokesman for the inspector general's office. He said his agency examined different things than did the latest review.
Don Specter, director of the nonprofit Prison Law Office that represents inmates, said his law firm's investigation last year found that inmates were often subjected to racist comments.
"It's incredibly difficult for the Department of Corrections to rehabilitate prisoners when at least some of the staff have those kind of comments — suggesting that the prisoners are not human or, even milder, not fit for rehabilitation," he said.
Corrections Secretary Scott Kernan ordered the nearly $188,000 report in March.
The department "recognizes there is good work being done by our staff at High Desert State Prison under difficult circumstances, and will continue to strive for improvements," he said in a statement, adding that, "Our overarching goal is to ensure safety for everyone and to promote rehabilitation in support of public safety."

Saturday, October 8, 2016

CIM given back the Key's

California is regaining responsibility for providing medical care at an eighth state prison after 10 years of oversight.

The federal court-appointed receiver who runs the inmate health care system on Friday gave the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation control over care at the California Institution for Men.
The prison houses nearly 3,800 minimum- and medium-security inmates in Chino, about 35 miles east of Los Angeles.

The state's inspector general reported in April that the prison is providing adequate care.
The other prisons previously returned to state control are in Blythe, Centinela, Folsom, Jamestown, Pelican Bay, Soledad and Tehachapi.

A federal judge said last year that California must successfully operate all 34 adult prisons for a year before he considers ending a long-running class action lawsuit

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

In case you missed it - CDCR live video feed

We are LIVE at the Green Valley Training Center, speaking with three CDCR correctional officers about what it's like on the job as a female officer. Host Allie ...Powell will be taking your questions about life on the job, and recruiters from the Office of Peace Officer Selection will be answering questions about the application process in the comments

Monday, September 26, 2016

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Officer Velazquez Officer of the Year

Correctional Officer Juan Velazquez knows the importance of balancing positive programming with institutional safety. In his position at the Substance Abuse Program and Re-Entry Hub at California Institution for Men, Velazquez works to maintain a safe environment while also placing emphasis on quality rehabilitative programs.

Velazquez has been named CDCR Correctional Officer of the Year, an honor that will be bestowed upon him Thursday at the 31st annual Medal of Valor ceremony. In addition to the Employee Recognition Awards, more than 100 CDCR employees will be honored for bravery and service above the call of duty. You can watch a livestream of the ceremony right here on Facebook, beginning at 10 a.m. Sept. 15.