Wednesday, May 25, 2016

RJD News story

RJD Officer making alleged claims against his partners.

Friday, May 13, 2016

S. Jimenez, CCPOA Chief of Labor

The Governor signed our MOU on Tuesday, May 10, and by agreement, the new MOU became effective Wednesday, May 11th.

The first general salary increase is due with the June pay period, pursuant to MOU section 15.01A -  but remember, you will see this increase in your June paycheck at the end of June!

We are doing final proof reading this week, so that the newly ratified MOU can be sent to print and distributed as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, if you have problems with implementation of any part of the new MOU, Please contact your Field Representative so that we can assist you!!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

MOU Signed

WEST SACRAMENTO - The California Correctional Peace Officers Association (CCPOA) today announced that Governor Brown has signed its MOU legislation, SB 95, which completes the contract ratification process.

"This is a good contract for our members, and puts us in a very good position moving forward," said Chuck Alexander, president of the California Correctional Peace Officers Association.

Alexander explained that the final step is for CalHR to issue a Pay Letter, in which CCPOA hopes to see the required pay raises in the June pay period. Once CCPOA receives the Pay Letter, it will be posted on its Members Only website.

"We'd like to thank both our negotiating and Government Affairs teams for their hard work and dedication to this lengthy, but extremely essential, process - as well as our members for taking the time to educate themselves and vote on this MOU."

Friday, May 6, 2016

CCPOA members have voted!

We have been notified by the contract accounting firm that our proposed MOU has been ratified by the voting members.  The Governor’s office has been notified as well and we anticipate he will finalize the ratification process with his signature sometime next week.

We will provide detailed time frames for implementation as soon as possible after the Governor signs our MOU bill.

Thank you
Executive Council

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Officer Injured at the Range Corcoran

A correctional officer is recovering after a mishap on the grounds of the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility & State Prison at Corcoran.

The accident reportedly happened around 7 a.m. Monday morning during training at the weapons range on the grounds of the prison. The victim was reportedly conducting target practice with a rifle when it malfunctioned, and the correctional officer was injured.

"When that pressure was expelled through the magazine, it struck the officer in the hand -- minor injury," said Erick Smith, Correctional Lieutenant.

The correctional officer was treated at the scene. He is an employee of the "California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility" located on the prison grounds. The rifle was sent off for inspection.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Suicide death at CIW

Erika Rocha was 35 years old and one day away from her Youth Parole Hearing when she committed suicide on April 14, 2016 at the California Institution for Women (CIW) in Corona. Since her death, the suicide crisis at CIW has only worsened. Erika was 14 years old when she was charged as an adult. At the time of her death, she was serving her 21st year of incarceration. She suffered from deplorable treatment for mental health issues attributable to her incarceration as a youth, including at least four indefinite terms of 2-3 years each in solitary confinement.

We are devastated by Erika's death and hold CDCR and CIW responsible. We are also greatly concerned about the escalating suicide crisis at CIW. Another suicide was reported to us this week and at least 22 more people were transferred to suicide watch. The suicide watch unit is overcrowded and CIW is placing people on “overflow” in the SHU. Given extensive documentation of the harmful impacts of solitary confinement on mental health, CIW’s decision to place people in crisis in solitary shows a continued failure to prevent deaths. Suicide watch is yet another form of solitary confinement where people in crisis are isolated and routinely denied access to available support. While on suicide watch, Erika was denied legal visit access to CCWP two weeks before her death.

In 2015, the suicide rate at the California Institution for Women (CIW) was more than eight times the national rate for people in women’s prisons and more than five times the rate for all California prisons. In 2016, a court-ordered suicide prevention audit concluded that CIW “continued to be a problematic institution that exhibited numerous poor practices in the area of suicide prevention.”

Please join us in asking the California Governor & the Senate Rules Committee to demand a full investigation into the ongoing failure of CIW and CDCR to prevent these tragic and untimely deaths.

Friday, April 22, 2016

This happening way to much lately

Officials at California State Prison-Sacramento (CSP-SAC) are investigating an assault by an inmate that sent one employee to the hospital.
At 11:45 a.m. on Thursday, April 21, correctional officers were conducting a clothed body search of inmate Tavis Thompson on the main exercise yard. One officer felt an item in Thompson’s sock, and asked him to identify the item. Thompson suddenly turned toward the officer and punched him in the face.
Support staff used physical force to bring Thompson to the ground. He landed on top of the officer and continued the attack. Two support officers subdued Thompson and placed him in handcuffs. Responding staff discovered an inmate-manufactured stabbing weapon hidden inside Thompson’s sock.
The officer was examined by SAC medical staff and transported to an outside hospital for treatment of contusions, abrasions, redness and swelling to his head and face. He was treated and released from the hospital the same day. Two responding officers reported minor injuries. Inmate Thompson was uninjured.
Thompson was received by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on June 30, 2004 from Imperial County to serve a 55-years-to-life sentence with the possibility of parole for assault with a deadly weapon and assault with a deadly weapon by a prisoner.