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.

Checking your 6’s at Burger King

Teenager shot, arrested after attempted robbery

VICTORVILLE • Detectives from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department are investigating the shooting of a 16-year-old male by an off-duty correctional officer after the boy attempted to rob the man with a BB gun in the parking lot of Burger King on Palmdale Road on Monday night, officials said.
San Bernardino County Sheriff’s dispatch received a call at 8:45 p.m. from an off-duty Lancaster correctional officer reporting a shooting in the 12077 Palmdale Road, Sgt. John Bannes of the Victorville Station said.
The off-duty officer told Victorville Sheriff’s deputies who responded to the scene that he had pulled over into the fast food restaurant’s parking lot to make a phone call when he was approached by a male with a gun who tried to rob him. The officer, who was armed, fired several shots at the suspect.
“The juvenile ran into the desert and collapsed,” Bannes said.
Authorities arrived on scene to find the 16-year-old juvenile suspect suffering from gunshot wounds in the desert area behind Burger King and took him into custody.
The gun the teen was carrying turned out to be a BB gun, officials said.
The suspect was airlifted to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center and his condition is unknown.
Sheriff’s Homicide Detail is investigating the attempted robbery and shooting, Bannes said.


Blue Shield Refunds this year

In 2012, Blue Shield of California (BSC) exceeded their 2% profit limit and is now giving back to Blue Shield customers. Beginning in early December The Benefit Trust Fund will issue $1,179,085.65 to those individuals who were enrolled in the CCPOA Medical Plan on August 1, 2012.
This year refunds range from $18.87 to $136.78, and is based on being enrolled in the CCPOA Medical Plan on August 1, 2012. This years refund is much smaller due in large part to BSC aggressively setting a rate that more closely matches the actual cost of health care.

Stockton dedication Today

STOCKTON – State officials will dedicate the recently constructed California Health Care Facility today, as it is in the final stages of preparing for the arrival of hundreds of medically ill inmates to the new Stockton prison.
The 54-building complex, at 7707 Austin Road, is the largest of the state’s 68 projects to address federal court orders that the prison system provide constitutional levels of dental, medical and mental health treatment to prisoners.
Over the past decade, these projects have cost the state $2 billion.
Despite these efforts and having shifted responsibility of certain felons to local jails through AB109, three federal judges have ordered the state to finish reducing the prison population.
The new Stockton prison hospital will absorb 1,722 inmates, a population made up of the sickest prisoners and those who require long-term care.
The $839 million facility has labs, a pharmacy, exam and treatment rooms, a dialysis clinic and therapy rooms.
It is creating about 2,400 jobs.
Today’s dedication starts at 10 a.m., with keynote speaker Jeffrey Beard, secretary of corrections and rehabilitation. A tour will follow showing a housing unit and parts of the diagnostic center, the dental clinic and dialysis units

One for One Job Exchange


The State and CCPOA have agreed to conduct a Job Exchange for the C/O and CCI classifications, in May/June 2013, with an additional exchange in 2013. CCPOA will make every effort to facilitate Job Exchanges for those submitting requests. The following terms must be met:

 Participants must be from the same classification and time base at the time the request is submitted.

 Once submitted, the exchange is binding and non-revocable.

Every attempt will be made to complete the exchanges by seniority, however, there are no guarantees.

 Participants will not be guaranteed a specific position, and honoring any previously approved vacation, holiday, or leave requests will be solely at the discretion of the newly assigned institution.

 All Job Exchanges must be approved by CDCR.

Any exchange of jobs will not protect against future layoffs or involuntary transfers due to future Wave Reductions. Therefore, management retains the right to deny an exchange due to layoff issues.

 Those attending the April 29th Transitional Academy will be allowed to participate. However, if an exchange is approved, participants will be required to pay back all Wave 3 Per Diem monies prior to their report date.

The Voluntary Job Exchange Program Forms will be accepted beginning on May 23, 2013.



If you have previously submitted an Exchange Request, you must resubmit a request for this May/June One-for One Exchange.

The deadline for the submission of One-for-One Job Exchange forms is midnight, June 7, 2013. No forms will be accepted after this date.

To secure the May/June 2013, Job Exchanges, CCPOA must submit forms to CDCR for approval on June 14th, 2013.

If the exchange is approved, the report date to the new position assignment will be on or about August 1, 2013.

** If you have questions, please contact your local CCPOA Field Representative.

A message from CCPOA Benefit Trust

Because of the massive number of calls we are recieving I feel it is prudent to repost some of the information.

To be eligible for a refund this year you had to have had the CCPOA BENEFIT TRUST FUND BLUE SHIELD PLAN ON August 1, 2012. The refund checks were JUST sent out. Please allow 2 weeks for delivery. If you have recently changed your address, the check will come back to us. We will take the latest address on file and send it again.

In 2 weeks, if you do not recieve a refund and you believe you were in our plan during the correct time, then call us. It may take a day or 2 to return your call. Leave your complete name and phone number.

 Again, make sure you have the CCPOA BENEFIT TRUST FUND BLUE SHIELD PLAN and it has an effective date of August 1, 2012.

CSATF Corcoran Riot

Inmates at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison at Corcoran are on a modified program, after a riot involving 63 inmates.

The riot erupted around 7:00 p.m. Friday. Correctional officers had to use tear gas to subdue the inmates.

Nine of the 63 inmates were transported to local hospitals for treatment. Their injuries are described as non life-threatening.

No correctional officers were hurt.

Public information officer Lupe Cartagena said visiting is currently not allowed at the facility, and inmates are not allowed to leave their dorms until further notice.

Give Back- 3 furloughs wasn’t enough?!

Some disturbing news from CCPOA in Sacramento. During a State Board conference call at 5:45 today Tuesday, May 8, 2012, CCPOA passed the following information.

CCPOA was contacted by the Governors office, along with all other Bargaining Units including the CHP. The message was that revenues are down and nearly half of what was expected. The State will be coming after some type of employee compensation give back. A decision has not been made on what that will look like. As soon as CCPOA knows what it looks like or has any other information on it, they (CCPOA) will communicate it to us. CCPOA also expects to be hearing from the State on more details in the near future.

Thats it, no other information is available on this issue. The news should be out in the media within the next couple days.