Imperial Valley News
Sacramento, California - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments:
Michael Martel, 62, of Rancho Murieta, has been appointed warden at the California Health Care Facility, Stockton, where he has been acting warden since August 2016 and served as chief deputy warden in 2016 and as a correctional lieutenant from 1990 to 1996. Martel served as retired annuitant chief deputy warden at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation headquarters from 2012 to 2014, where he was an associate warden of reception centers in 2007, a lieutenant from 1998 to 2000 and a labor relations specialist from 1996 to 1998. He served as warden at San Quentin State Prison in 2011, where he was a correctional officer from 1981 to 1986. Martel served in several positions at Mule Creek State Prison from 2007 to 2011, including warden and chief deputy warden. He held several positions at California State Prison, Sacramento from 2000 to 2007, including associate warden, facility captain and correctional captain. Martel was a correctional sergeant at Folsom State Prison from 1986 to 1990. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $145,440. Martel is a Republican.
Officials at Valley State Prison (VSP) are investigating the death of an inmate as a possible homicide.
On Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016, around 9:10 a.m., inmate Efrain Rodriguez, 44, was found unresponsive in a dormitory. Life-saving measures were initiated and an ambulance was called to the scene, but Rodriguez was pronounced dead at 9:45 a.m.
Capital Public Radio
What’s life behind bars like at the infamous San Quentin Prison?
The new podcast "Ear Hustle" takes listeners inside the prison to listen to stories from the inmates themselves.
The project won the Radiotopia podquest challenge and a 10-episode season will be funded through 2017.
Christina Gray, Catholic SF
Locally incarcerated men and women will continue to receive handmade cards with messages of hope this Christmas and next year from young Catholic students and others as a prison pen pal program launched by the archdiocese earlier this year is extended into 2017.
The Pen Pal Jr. program introduced by the archdiocese’s office of restorative justice for the Year of Mercy connects adolescent Catholic school and religious education students to prisoners in San Francisco County Jail and San Quentin State Prison.