Friday, September 18, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips


Chelcey Adami, The Californian

A correctional officer at Salinas Valley State Prison was honored Thursday for his role in saving the life of an inmate involved in an attack there last December.

Correctional Officer Antonio Virrueta received a silver star during the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s 31st annual Medal of Valor Ceremony.

The Bakersfield Californian

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation honored 92 employees — including two from Kern County — during its annual Medal Of Valor Ceremony on Thursday.

Two correctional officers from North Kern State Prison in Delano were honored as “Gold Star” recipients, a CDCR news release said.

Joe Goldeen, Record

STOCKTON — Several law enforcement agencies on Thursday announced the successful completion of a long-term mission focused on disrupting the operations of two violent Norteño criminal street gangs in Stockton.

The 90-day effort resulted in the arrests of 76 individuals, including eight who are believed to be the leaders of two rival gangs — the South Side Stocktones and the Triple Six Gangsters. Among those arrested Wednesday were Valentin Vivero, 24, and Benny Castaneda, 35, in connection with the July 13 shooting that injured four people and left their target, documented gang member Ray Ortega, 41, dead.


Don Thompson, Associated Press

California corrections officials said Thursday that they are handing out earplugs and telling guards to walk softly around some of the state's most dangerous prisoners after the inmates complained about noise.

The inmates say new welfare checks at Pelican Bay State Prison's notorious security housing unit are keeping them up nights because noise caused by guards rouses them every half-hour around the clock.



When you think of prison labor, you probably think of inmates making license plates, and doing lots of manual work. But today, one the country's most infamous prisons is now teaching inmates to compete in the digital economy. TODAY recently visited San Quentin, to find out more.

A man serving a three year sentence for vehicle theft, hopped a prison fence into a waiting car. He has since cut his GPS anklet off.
Paige Austin, Patch

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials are looking for a state prison inmate who walked away from a Los Angeles re-entry facility on Wednesday, Sept. 16.

Joseph R. Gallegos, 29, was transferred from Kern Valley State Prison on Sept. 16 to the Male Community Re-entry Program (MCRP) in Los Angeles County. At approximately 4:30 p.m., Gallegos, who was wearing a GPS device, was seen jumping over a fence. He ignored orders to stop and jumped into a waiting car.

Cathy Locke, The Sacramento Bee

Q: In July 2006, at a party in Galt, there was a shootout between two men. What was the result of that case?

Ric, Herald