Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Officers Injured in Attack on Staff at Calipatria State Prison

CALIPATRIA – Five correctional officers and one correctional sergeant were injured in an unprovoked attack Sunday, Jan. 15, that involved 31 inmates at Calipatria State Prison (CAL).

While staff was conducting clothed body searches of inmates on Facility B at CAL, an inmate began running across the yard, with staff in pursuit. Inmates were ordered to “get down,” but 12 inmates instead began punching and kicking staff. More inmates soon joined in the attack.

Response teams from other areas of the prison converged on the scene, quelling the violence in less than one minute. Staff utilized pepper spray, foam rounds and physical force to subdue the attackers. Following the incident, officers recovered several inmate-manufactured weapons from the area.

Six officers were taken to outside hospital for treatment of facial injuries with bleeding or swelling, and chemical exposure. All were treated and released the same day and are expected to make full recoveries.

One inmate was transported to an outside hospital for treatment of a cut to his head. He was treated and returned to CAL the same day.

The 31 inmates identified as active participants in the assault of staff have been placed in CAL’s Administrative Segregation Unit while the incident is investigated by the Investigative Services Unit at the prison. The Office of the Inspector General was notified. Inmate movement has been limited to facilitate the investigation.

Calipatria State Prison opened in 1992. The prison houses around 3,800 minimum- and maximum-security inmates. The prison offers academic classes and vocational programs and employs more than 1,000 people. For more information, visit www.cdcr.ca.gov.

Jan. 17, 2017

CONTACT: Krissi Khokhobashvili 
  (916) 445-4950

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Inmate Walks Away from Eel River Conservation Camp

REDWAY – California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials are searching for a minimum-security inmate who walked away from the California Correctional Center (CCC) Eel River Conservation Camp (CC #31) in Humboldt County on Jan. 17, 2017.

Inmate John Campbell, 38, was reported missing during an inmate count Tuesday, Jan. 17. He was last seen at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday in his assigned housing unit. Campbell was assigned as a kitchen worker at the camp, which houses approximately 100 minimum-custody inmates.

CDCR, CAL FIRE, law enforcement personnel, the California Highway Patrol and local law enforcement agencies have been notified and are assisting in the search for Campbell.

Campbell is a white male, 5 feet, 9 inches tall, weighing 200 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair. He was committed to CDCR on May 13, 2016, from Butte County to serve a seven-year, four month sentence for vehicle theft and evading a peace officer while driving recklessly. He was scheduled to parole in 2021.

Anyone who sees inmate Campbell should contact 911 or law enforcement authorities immediately. Anyone having information about or knowledge of the location of Campbell should contact the CCC Watch Commander at (530) 257-2181, extension 4173.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Walk Away from Ben Lomond Conservation Camp (CC #45) Apprehended in Santa Cruz

SANTA CRUZ – California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials today announced the apprehension of a minimum-security inmate who walked away from Ben Lomond Conservation Camp on Dec. 28, 2016.

At 4:35 p.m. this afternoon, inmate Russell Helton, 40, was apprehended by CDCR Special Service Unit agents in the Santa Cruz area. He was discovered missing by camp staff last Wednesday during a routine count.

Inmate Helton was assigned to an inmate firefighting crew at CC #45 near Santa Cruz. The camp houses approximately 100 minimum-custody inmates.

Helton will be transported back to the California Correctional Center in Susanville, and will no longer be eligible to be housed in a Conservation Camp. Helton was received by CDCR on Dec. 2015 from Sacramento County, with a four year sentence for grand theft.

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

Contact: Lt. Aaron Yderraga
(530) 257-2181