Wednesday, November 25, 2015

CIW SHU unit evacuated

At approximately 1230 hours a code 1 was requested to the SHU unit, initial reports is that two inmates set a fire within the cell. Staff responded and attempted to take custody of the inmates and extinguish the fire. The alarm was elevated to a code 2, additional staff was needed. Staff could not get the cell door open, as the inmates manipulated the cell door from opening. Subsequently the cell door was opened and the inmates were taken into custody. All additional staff was needed to evacuate the SHU unit. The inmates were sent out to area hospitals for further treatment. The fire was extinguished and eventually all the inmates were re-housed in the unit. The response supervisor and staff did a great job responding to the incident. Several outside agencies responded and of course the media trucks also showed up! (just another day dealing with Gender Response/WEFO!!) This place is off the hook..............Back to Basics..huh....

Monday, November 23, 2015

CCPOA Members are we beyond fustrated yet?

The question now is does CCPOA owe it's members some sort of labor negotiation update? We are now into the holiday season and our Contract has been expired since July 1st. Many of you have contacted me via email and messages to this site. I have to be honest never has the line of communication been shut down like this before. We all get it, were trying to keep our Negotiations out of the media and public scrutiny. Many of us have been very critical of our past CCPOA President, but at least information was shared with it's members, whether we agreed or not. Is it now the plan for our present CCPOA President to keep it's members in the dark? Are they thinking the less information released the less it's members get to voice their critical concerns? Chuck we have confidence in your leadership, however it's time us members get to hear from you!!! (riders, please keep your comments civil and show your concerns in a professional manner, let the CCPOA SAC crew hear your concerns)

Friday, November 6, 2015

Corcoran Inmate shot during brawl

6 inmates injured in brawl at California prison in Corcoran

Posted: Nov 06, 2015 5:51 PM PST Updated: Nov 06, 2015 5:51 PM PST

CORCORAN, Calif. (AP) - Six inmates have been injured - one critically - in a brawl at a Central California prison. It happened Thursday night at the state lockup in Corcoran, about 150 miles north of Los Angeles.

Authorities say an inmate was attacked by two others in a maximum-security dayroom, which quickly led to a brawl involving 20 inmates.  Guards shot one inmate and used foam bullets and pepper-spray grenades on others to break up the fighting.

The inmate who was shot is hospitalized Friday in stable condition and an inmate who was stabbed several times is listed in critical condition.

Authorities say four other inmates were treated for cuts and head trauma.
Inmate activities have been curtailed while the cause of the fight is investigated.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Famous CIM Prison Author (i couldn't make this stuff up!)

Gustavo “Goose” Alvarez was serving time in the California Institute for Men in Chino, California, when a prison riot led to an unexpected meal and fellowship. The warmth generated by that event inspired him to write a cookbook of recipes that use ramen noodles.
As Alvarez tells Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd: “That’s everybody’s staple in prison. No matter who you are, you’re cooking with ramen.” The result, written with his childhood friend Clifton Collins, Jr., is “Prison Ramen: Recipes and Stories from Behind Bars.”

Book Excerpts: ‘Prison Ramen’

Recipes and stories from “Prison Ramen” by Clifton Collins Jr. and Gustavo “Goose” Alvarez, reprinted with the permission of Workman Publishing Company. Copyright © 2015 by Clifton Collins Jr. and Gustavo “Goose” Alvarez.

Send Me A Mail-Out!

In the current federal prison system, you’re not allowed to carry money. All currency is gained by electronic transfers. An inmate’s ID card serves as a debit card. An inmate can purchase items at the commissary or send money home by swiping the ID card. It can also be used for buying stuff from prison-sanctioned mail-order catalogs—clothes, shoes, and sundries that are mailed to you in prison. The money in your account is either sent from someone in the free world, or you earn it doing a job in prison. The legitimate jobs pay from ten cents a day to $150 a month. A lot more money is made by gambling or selling drugs to people in prison.

Sometimes an inmate can rack up some serious debt—hundreds or even thousands of dollars—and will have to pay through a “mail-out.” This is when the debtor sends the person he owes payment, with help from an outsider, a money order or cashier’s check. Some inmates I’ve known had accounts of more than $100,000. Now there’s a cap on how much money an inmate can have on his books because there was a lot of dirty money washing. An inmate’s associate could send him a cashier’s check or money order from drug sales or some other illegal act and in turn the inmate could send money elsewhere in the form of a clean federal check. The system was used this way for years. It surprised me how long it took the IRS to finally catch on.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

I know a Prison that would go broke if they had to pay out!!!

California’s prison system has been plagued by inmate suicides for years, a problem so persistent that a Sacramento federal judge has required regular reports on the deaths of every inmate who ends their own life and a review of how it happened.

This week, a reminder of the scope of the problem was served up in federal court, when the state agreed to pay $1 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of Robert St. Jovite, a prisoner who hanged himself with a bed sheet nearly a decade ago.
St. Jovite was an inmate at California State Prison-Solano. He was 44 years old when he died on May 10, 2006.

Since his death, St. Jovite’s family has waged an unceasing legal battle, claiming the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation was responsible for his wrongful death and a violation of his civil rights.
The case went to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and back to Sacramento before the department agreed to settle.
 “For me, I am just mainly happy that some of what goes on in prison will be brought to the public’s attention,” St. Jovite’s mother, Sherie Lemire, said from her home in Lincoln. “It was not about the money at all.

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Walk of Shame!

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) - A former prison guard who spent six months in jail is back in custody after being accused of violating his probation.

The Press Democrat reports 45-year-old Todd Morrow is being held without bail. The former California Department of Corrections guard served a jail term for filming a teenage family member with hidden cameras in her bedroom and bathroom.
He pleaded no contest to child pornography and peeping charges in March.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Brian Staebell says Morrow violated probation conditions by posting on Facebook. Staebell says detectives are looking into other possible violations.
Morrow denied the violation charges in court. His next hearing is Nov. 12.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Yup! This is what's holding up our Talks......

Little union, huge deal.

Earlier this month, the 3,000-member California Association of Professional Scientists nixed a three-year contract offer from Gov. Jerry Brown that included 15 percent in raises and a new requirement that members pay nearly 3 percent of salary into a health benefits fund for retirees.
Of the 1,388 scientists who voted, 1,006 gave it thumbs down, because the agreement still left their pay 15 percent or more under market.
The scientists make up just 1.6 percent of California’s 180,000 unionized state employees, so what’s the big deal?
Here’s the buzz among state labor insiders:
▪ Although the state’s unionized employees are split into 21 bargaining units that independently negotiate, early contract agreements usually set parameters for those that follow. It’s generally agreed that the scientists, who no one disputes are severely underpaid, rejected one of the best offers since the virtual blank-paycheck days of the Gray Davis administration.
Most unions’ contracts have expired or will expire next summer. Brown’s offer to the scientists will put extra pressure from members on their negotiators to deliver big raises that may not be realistic.
▪ The new retiree-health contribution (which the state will match) is a must-have for Brown, but the scientists’ agreement reveals how it adds new bargaining complexities. The percentage the administration proposed was based on actuarial estimates of how much money the fund needs to cover benefits in the future, given the demographics and pay of the scientists’ bargaining unit.

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