Friday, August 28, 2015

San Quentin State Prison Responding to Confirmed Case Of Legionnaires’ Disease

SAN QUENTIN – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, along with the Marin County Public Health Department and California Correctional Health Care Services, are investigating the source of a confirmed case of Legionnaires’ disease at San Quentin State Prison.

Legionnaires’ disease is a severe form of pneumonia. It's caused by the bacterium Legionella pneumophila found in both potable and non-potable water systems. The illness is carried via aerosolized water, such as steam, mist and moisture.

On Aug. 26, an inmate was transported to an outside hospital where he was diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease and is being treated. He is currently in stable condition. There are two other inmates who have been hospitalized after displaying symptoms but have not officially been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease.

In addition, approximately 30 inmates are under observation for pneumonia-like symptoms but have not yet been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease. All unconfirmed cases are being treated at San Quentin’s on-site medical unit.

To eliminate the spread of the bacteria, San Quentin has limited water use at the prison.

After consulting with local, state and national public-health experts familiar with the transmission of Legionnaires’, the prison will resume the use of plumbed toilets inside the facility’s housing units, and monitored use of water for cooking. Secondary water sources such as bottled water and water tanks will continue to be used for consumption until it is deemed safe to resume normal water use.

San Quentin is a reception center for new inmates to the California prison system. Intake has been temporarily halted as the investigation continues.  

San Quentin receives its water supply from the Marin County Municipal Water District and stores the water in a three-million gallon tank on-site.

San Quentin houses approximately 3,700 inmates, including low-, medium-, and maximum-custody inmates as well as condemned inmates. The prison also has approximately 1,800 employees.
August 28, 2015
Contact: Dana Simas (916) 445-4950
or Lt. Sam Robinson (415) 455-5008

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Salinas Valley State Prison Investigating Cause of Inmate Riot

SOLEDAD – Salinas Valley State Prison (SVSP) administrators are investigating the cause of a riot that occurred this morning involving approximately 90 inmates.

At 9:47 a.m. several inmates started fighting on one of the institution’s maximum-security general population yards. Numerous inmate-made weapons were used in the riot.

Correctional peace officers used pepper spray and less-than-lethal force options.

Two inmates with slash wounds were taken to an outside hospital for treatment. There are also inmates being treated at the prison’s on-site medical unit.

No staff were injured in the disturbance. 

Inmate movement and programming is limited to facilitate the investigation.

SVSP is a maximum-security prison housing approximately 3,700 general population inmates.

AUGUST 27, 2015
(831) 678-5554

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Seven California Prisons Accredited with the American Correctional Association

With two-thirds of California prisons now accredited, CDCR on track to have
all adult institutions accredited by 2017

SACRAMENTO – The Commission on Accreditation for Corrections has accredited seven more California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) prisons, bringing the total number of accredited California prisons to 23. The most recent round of accreditations was announced during the American Correctional Association’s (ACA) 145th Congress of Correction in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Since last year, ACA audit teams conducted comprehensive on-site audits of Avenal State Prison, California Medical Facility, California Men’s Colony, California State Prison-Corcoran, California State Prison-Los Angeles County, San Quentin State Prison and Salinas Valley State Prison, and found that all seven prisons met all of the mandatory requirements and significantly exceeded the 90 percent mark for non-mandatory items.

In addition, California State Prison-Sacramento, California State Prison-Solano and Central California Women’s Facility – accredited in 2012 – were re-accredited for three more years.

“Earning accreditation for our institutions means much more than just meeting national compliance standards,” said CDCR Secretary Jeff Beard. “It also shows how far the department has come in improving its operations and meeting the expectations of the public we serve.”

Founded in 1870, the ACA is the leading internationally recognized authority on corrections and its role in the criminal justice system. It develops standards based on valid, reliable research and the experiences and practices of corrections professionals. The ACA audits prisons and its Commission on Accreditation for Corrections certifies them.

Institutions seeking accreditation must undergo rigorous evaluations that culminate in the accreditation audit. CDCR’s Special Review Unit in the Office of Audits and Court Compliance provides departmental oversight and works with the Division of Health Care Services in the accreditation process.

The accreditation audit is a comprehensive assessment that encompasses every area of prison management including administrative and fiscal controls, staff training and development, the physical plant, safety and emergency procedures, conditions of confinement, rules and discipline, inmate programs, health care, food service, sanitation, and the provision of basic services that can affect the life, safety and health of inmates and staff.

Institutions seeking accreditation have to comply with 525 ACA standards and score 100 percent for 60 mandatory requirements and at least 90 percent on 465 non-mandatory requirements. Half of the mandatory standards address health care.

All seven prisons accredited yesterday received a score of 100 percent on the mandatory items.

For the non-mandatory requirements, Avenal State Prison received a score of 98.8 percent, California Medical Facility received 98.8 percent, California Men’s Colony received 98.2 percent, California State Prison-Corcoran received 99.3 percent, California State Prison-Los Angeles County received 98.61 percent, Salinas Valley State Prison received 99.1 percent and San Quentin State Prison received 97.9 percent.

California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in Corcoran, Valley State Prison, Calipatria State Prison, California Institution for Men, California Correctional Center, Pleasant Valley State Prison and RJ Donovan Correctional Facility have started the process of seeking accreditation in 2016.

CDCR began the process of seeking nationally recognized accreditation from the ACA in 2010. Its goal is to have all of its 34 institutions accredited by 2017.

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For more about the American Correctional Association:

August 25, 2015
Contact: Jeffrey Callison  
(916) 445-4950