Friday, July 22, 2016

Inmate Death at Kern Valley State Prison Being Investigated as a Homicide

DELANO – Officials at Kern Valley State Prison (KVSP) are investigating the death of an inmate as a homicide.

Inmate Jason M. Christner, 39, was found unresponsive in his cell at approximately 8:01 p.m. on Thursday, July 21, 2016. KVSP staff immediately began lifesaving measures and an ambulance was called. Christner succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at 8:22 p.m. His next-of-kin has been notified.

Christner was received by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) on November 2, 2011, from Yuba County to serve a two-year sentence for burglary. Several in-custody convictions during his incarceration led to his retention and include battery on a non-prisoner, assault by a prisoner with a deadly weapon likely to cause great bodily injury and possession of a deadly weapon by a prisoner.

Prison officials have named Christner’s cellmate, Joseph D. Dorsey, 31, as a suspect. Dorsey was received by CDCR from Riverside County on September 13, 2013, to serve a 56-year-to-life sentence for first-degree murder.

Dorsey has been placed in the Administrative Segregation Unit pending the investigation by KVSP, the Kern County Coroner and the Kern County District Attorney. The Office of the Inspector General was notified.

KVSP opened in 2005 and houses 3,946 minimum-, medium-, maximum- and high-security custody inmates. KVSP offers academic classes and vocational programs and employs approximately 1,800 people. For more information, visit

JULY 22, 2016   



Thursday, July 21, 2016

Parole Agents and Police Turn up the Temperature on Fugitives and Gang Members in “Operation Heat”

7 parolees - 4 of them fugitives - arrested; drugs, weapons, ammo confiscated

(Fresno) - Parole Special Agents and Correctional Officers from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) from Fresno and Tulare counties, along with partners from the Fresno Police Department (FPD), joined forces today to apprehend parolees-at-large in the Fresno area. The sweep, entitled “Operation Heat,” resulted in the arrest of seven parolees, four of whom were parolees-at-large. Agents and officers also confiscated one rifle, body armor, ammunition, heroin and drug paraphernalia. 

“Operation Heat allows us to work collaboratively with a strong coalition of agencies to proactively identify suspects, apprehend fugitives and stop criminal activity in its tracks,” said Ralph Piercy, District Administrator for CDCR’s Division of Adult Parole Operations (DAPO). “We are thankful to all our partners for helping us make our communities safer.”

The combined forces gathered intelligence on local gang affiliates by conducting field interviews, and photographing members and associates of known street gangs. This intelligence will be used for future investigations. There were no altercations, and all staff is accounted for and safe.  

In all, 55 personnel were involved from various law enforcement agencies including CDCR’s Division of Adult Parole Operation’s California Parole Apprehension Team (CPAT), the Fugitive Apprehension Team (FAT) and Correctional Officers who are members of the crisis teams at Avenal and Pleasant Valley State Prisons. They were assisted by the FPD’s Career Criminal Auto Theft Team, the Metro Tactical Team, and Violent Crime Impact Teams from the Southwest, Southeast, Northwest and Northeast divisions.

JULY 21, 2016   

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Inmate Walk-Away From Baseline Conservation Camp Apprehended

Los Angeles, CA – California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) special agents apprehended inmate Daniel Perez, 34, Monday morning, approximately eight days after he was discovered missing from the minimum security Baseline Conservation Camp in Jamestown, Tuolumne County.

Perez, 34, was taken into custody at 11:30 am in Rosemead, Los Angeles County, by CDCR Special Service Units without incident.  Perez walked away from Baseline camp sometime after a routine security check at 10:30 pm, Sunday July 10, 2016. 

Perez was committed to CDCR for a 12 year sentence, for first-degree burglary.  He was scheduled to be released in November 11, 2019. Perez was returned to the California Institution for Men in Chino.  His case will be referred to the Tuolumne County District Attorney for prosecution on escape charges.

Since 1977, 99 percent of all offenders who have left an adult institution, camp, or community-based program without permission have been apprehended.

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July 18, 2016

Contact:  Lt. C. Acosta                                        
(209) 984-529/5499