Latest California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation News

Death of Southern California inmate investigated as homicide

May. 01, 2022 18:33 PM EDT

DELANO, Calif. (AP) — The death of a 50-year-old inmate at a Southern California prison is being investigated as a homicide, authorities said Sunday. Alfredo Valenzuela was found unresponsive Saturday in his cell at Kern Valley State Prison, the state Department of Corrections and...

Inmate who walked away from LA reentry facility is caught

Apr. 11, 2022 17:16 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities have apprehended a 34-year-old inmate who walked away from a Los Angeles reentry program, prison officials said. Oscar Orozco left a Male Community Reentry Program facility around 10 p.m. Saturday, according to the California Department of...

Law reduced prison time for man tied to Sacramento shooting

Apr. 08, 2022 12:42 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A suspect arrested in connection with last weekend's mass shooting outside bars in Sacramento served less than half his 10-year sentence because of voter-approved changes to state law that lessened the punishment for his felony convictions and provided a chance for...

Mass shooting suspect served less time with California law

Apr. 07, 2022 19:15 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A suspect arrested in connection with last weekend's mass shooting outside bars near the California state Capitol served less than half his 10-year sentence because of voter-approved changes to state law that lessened the punishment for his felony convictions and...

California prison inmate death investigated as a homicide

Mar. 31, 2022 20:08 PM EDT

DELANO, Calif. (AP) — The death of an inmate at a central California prison is being investigated as a homicide, officials said Thursday. Juan E. Mendoza, 26, was found unresponsive in his cell at Kern Valley State Prison shortly before 5 p.m. on Wednesday, according to a statement...

Authorities: Inmate killed in attack at California prison

Mar. 27, 2022 17:15 PM EDT

FOLSOM, Calif. (AP) — An inmate died after being attacked in the recreation yard of a Northern California prison, authorities said Sunday. Staff used chemical agents to quell the incident after the attack Saturday at California State Prison, Sacramento, the Department of...

Cellmate suspected in death of inmate at California prison

Mar. 16, 2022 23:02 PM EDT

WASCO, Calif. (AP) — The death of an inmate at a California prison is being investigated as a homicide and the victim's cellmate is a suspect, officials said Wednesday. Scott Gunter, 59, was found unresponsive Tuesday in his cell at Wasco State Prison, the California Department of...