Thursday, February 11, 2016

Correctional Peace Officers Recovering After Inmate Attack

SAN DIEGO – Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility officials are investigating a staff assault that sent two correctional officers to the hospital. Officials are still investigating a similar incident that occurred on February 2.

On February 10, 2016, at 3:37 p.m., inmate Michael Stevens, 58, struck a correctional officer in the face, causing the officer to lose his balance and fall on the ground. Inmate Stevens then attacked a responding officer by repeatedly striking him in the face knocking him unconscious. Additional officers arrived on scene to subdue inmate Stevens and place him in restraints.

The two officers were taken to an outside hospital for treatment and released. The first officer suffered minor injuries. The second officer suffered a head injury. Both are expected to recover.

Inmate Stevens received minor injuries and was treated by medical staff at the prison. He was re-housed in the Administrative Segregation Unit pending an investigation.

Stevens was admitted to state prison on April 13, 2001, from Los Angeles County with a 10-year sentence for assault with a deadly weapon. During his incarceration he received a life-with-parole sentence in 2003 from Kern County for battery on a peace officer and other similar offenses committed while in prison.

Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility opened in July 1987 on approximately 780 acres in San Diego County. The primary mission of the prison is to provide housing and supervision for minimum- to high-security inmates. Designed as a training and work-oriented facility, RJDCF provides health care, vocational, academic and industrial programs for nearly 3,200 male inmates and employs about 1,500 people.


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 11, 2016
Contact: Lt. Phillip Bracamonte
(619) 661-7802

Monday, February 8, 2016

Death of State Prison Inmate Being Investigated as Homicide

LANCASTER – Officials at California State Prison-Los Angeles County (LAC) are investigating the death of an inmate. 

Inmate Rashell Clarke, 39, was found unresponsive in his cell at 10:48 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6. Staff immediately began lifesaving measures and an ambulance was called. Clarke succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at 11:26 a.m.

Clarke was received by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) on Jan. 12, 2010, to serve a 22-year, 8-month sentence for a Shasta County conviction for abusing/endangering the health of a child.

Prison officials and local law enforcement agencies are investigating the death as a suspected homicide and are questioning Clarke’s cellmate, 33-year-old Leron Morris, as a suspect. 

Morris was received by CDCR on Sept. 13, 2005, from Contra Costa County to serve a sentence of life without the possibility of parole for first-degree murder.

LAC in Lancaster provides long-term housing for male inmates classified as minimum-, medium- and maximum-security. CSP-LAC opened in 1993, houses approximately 3,500 inmates and employs more than 1,800 people.

For more information, contact Lt. Duane Bennett at (661) 729-6912.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Correctional Peace Officers Recovering After Inmate Attack

SAN DIEGO – Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility officials are investigating a staff assault that sent three correctional peace officers to the hospital.

On February 2, 2016, at 6:45 p.m., inmate Timothy Green, 55, struck a correctional officer on the right side of his face, causing him to lose consciousness. Inmate Green advanced toward the officer to continue his attack. A lieutenant responded and tried to subdue the inmate. Inmate Green head-butted the lieutenant in his face. A second officer responded and helped the lieutenant restrain the inmate.

The two officers and the lieutenant were taken to an outside hospital for treatment and released. The first officer suffered a head injury. The second officer suffered a sprained forearm and the lieutenant suffered a sprained hand. All are expected to recover.

Inmate Green was not injured in the attack. He was re-housed in the Administrative Segregation Unit pending an investigation. Green was admitted to state prison on March 22, 1988, from Los Angeles County with a 15-year-to-life sentence for second-degree murder. Green was also sentenced in 1991 in Solano County with a two-year sentence for battery on a peace officer and in 2014 in Sacramento County with another two-year sentence for aggravated battery on a peace officer by gassing and battery on a non-prisoner.

Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility opened in July 1987 on approximately 780 acres in San Diego County. The primary mission of the prison is to provide housing and supervision for minimum- to high-security inmates. Designed as a training and work-oriented facility, RJDCF provides health care, vocational, academic and industrial programs for nearly 3,200 male inmates and employs about 1,500 people.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 3, 2016

CONTACT: LT. PHILIP BRACAMONTE
(619) 661-7802


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