Monday, October 12, 2015

San Diego Prison Inmate Escapee Apprehended

Joshua Drinnon back in custody after escaping while out of state

SACRAMENTO – California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) special agents apprehended maximum-security inmate Joshua Drinnon and took him into custody today. Drinnon had escaped approximately 40 days ago while being transported back to prison in San Diego following a court appearance in Tennessee.
“We can credit the diligence of our agents and our partnership with the US Marshals Service for locating a dangerous offender and taking him off the streets,” CDCR Office of Correctional Safety Chief Derrick Marion said.
On Wednesday, Sept. 2, Drinnon, 36, was being transported back to Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility by a private inmate transportation service contracted through the Sullivan County Sheriff's Department in Tennessee. At a rest stop on Interstate 80 about five miles outside Princeton, Illinois, Drinnon was able to get out of his restraints and elude the transporting officers, scaling a fence and running into a cornfield.
Local authorities in Illinois conducted a search for the inmate, but with no new leads suspended the search after a couple of days. The CDCR Office of Correctional Safety (OCS) and the US Marshals Service (USMS) formed a task force to track down Drinnon. The investigation led CDCR and USMS personnel to Oregon. On Oct. 12, 2015, OCS and USMS personnel located and arrested Drinnon in the city of Ashland, in Jackson County.
Drinnon was found at a local resource center for the homeless and people in need in Ashland. He was arrested without incident. The Ashland Police Department was notified and has provided transportation to a local detention facility pending extradition.
Drinnon was committed to CDCR on Dec. 12, 2012, from San Luis Obispo County with a 17-year sentence for robbery, his second strike. He was scheduled to be released to parole in May 2025. After that, he would have been transported to Tennessee to serve the six-year sentence for aggravated robbery he received while out to court.

Of all escapes from adult institutions, conservation camps and in-state contract bed facilities, 98.5 percent have been apprehended.
Contact: Terry Thornton, (916) 445-4950

Thursday, October 8, 2015

New Mental Health Facility Dedicated at Central California Women’s Facility

                 Female Inmates Training In Construction Trades Do Most of the Work
CHOWCHILLA---The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) today dedicated a state of the art building at the Central California Women’s Facility, largely constructed by female inmates training in the construction trades, to enhance mental health treatment for inmates.

The $5.1 million, 7,133 sq. ft. facility, which incorporates many features to conserve water and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, will provide space for group and individual therapy sessions for up to 64 inmates at a time in addition to offices for administrative staff and clinicians.  The building, which received a CalGreen LEED rating from the U.S. Green Building Council, features low-flow toilets and other water-saving plumbing, and highly efficient, roof-mounted heating and air conditioning systems and skylights that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide more natural light that is beneficial to mental health treatment. 
The project was managed by CDCR’s Inmate Ward Labor Program and the on-site work was done primarily by 45 female inmates who are learning construction skills in a pre-apprentice program that will make them more employable when they are released on parole.  The dedication ceremony doubled as a graduation for many of the inmates, who completed 30 hours of classroom work and 40 hours a week of on-site training.  They received certificates of completion from Fresno Local 104 Sheet Metal Workers for Pre-Apprenticeship and certificates for their ability to operate forklifts, skid steers and scissor-lifts or for their knowledge of basic OSHA safety rules on construction sites.

“This facility demonstrates our commitment to meeting the mental health needs of all of our inmates, regardless of the level of care they need,” said Diana Toche, CDCR Undersecretary for Health Care Services, who presided over the building dedication.  “At the same time, by incorporating state of the art technology to conserve water and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the building shows CDCR’s commitment to environmental stewardship.”

“This building is also the product of a rehabilitation program that gives inmates a chance to create a better life for themselves when they leave prison,” said Toche.  “The women who received certificates today, and those who will follow them, should be recognized for the courage it took to enroll in the pre-apprentice program and the dedication to see it through to the end.  We hope that every one of them will take the skills they learned on this project into a career that will sustain them and their families for many years.”

The building is the seventh and final project constructed by CDCR over the last five years to increase capacity for mental health treatment ranging from out-patient counseling to acute care that is required by the U.S. Federal court as part of the Coleman settlement

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October 9, 2015    
Contact: Bill Sessa
(916) 445-4950


Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Valley View Conservation Camp Walkaway Inmate in Custody

SUSANVILLE – A minimum-security inmate from California Correctional Center (CCC) who walked away from Valley View Conservation Camp (CC #34) on October 5, 2015, has been apprehended.

On October 6, 2015, at approximately 11.00 P.M., an officer with the Santa Maria Police Department apprehended Inmate Jorge A. Macedo in Santa Maria, California at an area motel. Macedo attempted to evade capture and the officer used physical force to take Macedo into custody.

Macedo was transported to the California Men’s Colony in San Luis Obispo and is being returned to the California Correctional Center in Susanville. Macedo will be housed in the Administrative Segregation Unit pending a complete investigation into his actions.

Macedo was committed to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on March 26, 2015, from Santa Barbara County for Possession of a Controlled Substance for Sale. He was scheduled to be released from CDCR custody on July 25, 2018.

Of all offenders who have escaped from an adult institution, camp, or community-based program since 1977, 99.1 percent have been apprehended.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                         
October 7, 2015                                          

Lieutenant Charles Gilmore
(530) 257-2181 ext. 4110