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By ANTOINE ABOU-DIWAN | Staff Writer | December 10, 2012
Inmates involved in a riot Saturday at Calipatria State Prison are on lockdown while authorities investigate the incident, said a prison official. Lt. Jorge Santana could not confirm what sparked the riot or how many inmates were involved, pending the investigation, but he did say that those involved are on a modified program, which curtails what freedom of movement they had, “except for what is absolutely necessary.” Calipatria State Prison, a maximum security facility, houses some 3,400 inmates, Santana said.
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By CHELCEY ADAMI | Staff Writer | August 15, 2012
CALIPATRIA - Education provides freedom to Calipatria State Prison inmate Darrell Adams, who is serving double life sentences for attempted murder. “It's opened my mind completely. It's ability to free your mind,” he said. “Access to computers and encyclopedias allows you to open doors to all kinds of things you have on your mind, things you're trying to put together.” A class at the maximum security state prison Wednesday morning argued which animal, a tiger or a lion, would be stronger, and students used resources such as encyclopedias to research each animal and defend their side.
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By CELESTE ALVAREZ | Staff Writer | December 11, 2012
CALIPATRIA - Nine inmates were taken to area hospitals after a riot involving more than 115 inmates erupted at Calipatria State Prison on Saturday evening, prison officials reported. No corrections staff members were injured in the melee, prison officials said. Inmate movement was being limited Monday as prison officials continued to investigate the cause of the riot that saw the nine hurt inmates suffer moderate to serious injuries, according to Calipatria State Prison Public Information Officer Lt. Jorge Santana.
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By CELESTE ALVAREZ | Staff Writer | June 15, 2013
CALIPATRIA - “There's a formula for success for everything in life and it begins with an education,” valedictorian Lloyd Baker Jr. said to his 47 other graduating classmates Friday morning. Like many graduates in the Valley, Baker and his peers had academically developed through their time spent studying and furthering their education. However unlike the other graduates, they have achieved this goal while overcoming their own personal and environmental obstacles that come with being inmates at Calipatria State Prison.
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By SILVIO J. PANTA | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer | October 11, 2011
Forty-three inmates at Calipatria State Prison are among the 639 inmates throughout the state continuing to stage a hunger strike, an official said Monday. The Calipatria State Prison inmates are mostly Hispanic and have been on the hunger strike since Sept. 26, said Terry Thornton, spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. A prison inmate is said to be on a hunger strike anytime he misses nine consecutive meals, Thornton said. Last week as many as 1,244 inmates were part of the hunger strike.
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By SILVIO J. PANTA | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer | July 1, 2011
CALIPATRIA — Calipatria State Prison is a well-run prison with no major issues to address except to have video cameras and monitors installed in some areas and an armed officer posted at the gatehouse, according to the Imperial County Civil Grand Jury’s final report. In addition to those two recommendations, the grand jury also pointed out in its report that prison officials at the 20-year-old facility should “make greater use of trained narcotic dogs, up to and including dogs that the department would own.” Among the grand jury findings was that a perimeter gatehouse has an officer on post at specific times but not all the time, and that there are areas in the prison where staff are not always able to see incidents that happen because of the number of inmates.
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By SILVIO J. PANTA, Staff Writer | May 15, 2010
CALIPATRIA — A Calipatria State Prison inmate whose murder conviction was overturned is set for release today after a judge this week amended his credit for time served, a defense attorney said Friday. Imperial County Superior Court Judge Donal Donnelly granted a defense motion Thursday by Reggie Cole’s attorney Christopher Plourd to have Cole’s credits recalculated. Donnelly’s ruling paves the way to have Cole, of Los Angeles, released today from the state prison, where in November 2000 he killed an inmate in what Plourd said was self-defense.
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By SILVIO J. PANTA | Staff Writer | March 12, 2012
CALIPATRIA --- A woman could face criminal charges after she allegedly brought small quantities of methamphetamine and heroin while visiting an inmate over the weekend at Calipatria State Prison, official said today. The woman, identified as 27-year-old Nataly Herrera, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of trying to smuggle about 44.5 grams of methamphetamine and 32.0 grams of heroin into the prison, which Administrative Lt. Jorge Santana said in a statement is the largest hard drug interception of its kind this year.
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By ANTOINE ABOU-DIWAN, Staff Writer | July 26, 2013
Armando Junior Hernandez did something Thursday that many parents take for granted. He read his son a story. Hernandez does not see his son, Angel, very often. The last time he saw him was in February. It is not certain when he will see him again. Hernandez is currently serving 40 years to life at Calipatria State Prison for second-degree murder. Angel was two years old when his father went behind bars. He is now eight years old. “Angel, when you feel lonely just play this recording and remember that daddy loves you. I'm going to read you a book called “The Curse of the Cobweb Queen,” Hernandez said into a digital voice recorder before reading part one of the children's mystery book.
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July 25, 2013
CALIPATRIA - Multiple law enforcement agencies collaborated to arrest two people charged with throwing a bag over a Calipatria State Prison wall Tuesday. Around 9:40 p.m., prison staff saw a man approach the minimum-security housing area's barbed-wire fence and throw a bag into the area, said Lt. Everardo Silva, Calipatria State Prison Administrative Assistant Public Information Officer. The man, Rogelio Marquez of Lancaster, started running into a nearby field west of the area when he was apprehended through a joint effort of the Imperial County Sheriff's Office, Calipatria Police Department and members of the Calipatria State Prison Specialized Team.
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By KARINA LOPEZ, Staff Writer | July 16, 2013
Amy Miller, 39, of Brawley has been appointed warden at California State Prison, Centinela, where she has served as acting warden since 2012, according to an announcement released by the governor's office Saturday. Miller is younger than most wardens at the time of their appointments and is the youngest warden in the state, said Lt. James Hill, Centinela public information officer. Prior to her appointment as warden, Miller served as chief deputy warden in 2012 and associate warden from 2010 to 2012.
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By CHELCEY ADAMI | Staff Writer | July 15, 2013
CALIPATRIA - A Pacoima woman allegedly tried to use a potato chip bag to smuggle heroin into Calipatria State Prison and was arrested Sunday, according to a prison official.  Lilia M. Sanchez, 24, was visiting inmate Jose Molina, who has been convicted of assault with a semi-automatic firearm, when staff noticed that she was acting suspiciously, according to Calipatria Prison Administrative Assistant Public Information Officer Lieutenant Everardo Silva.  Staff then saw Sanchez remove an object from her waistband and place the object in a potato chip bag. Staff searched the bag and found four bindles of suspected heroin in there.
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By JULIO MORALES, Staff Writer, Copy Editor | July 9, 2013
An unspecified number of inmates at both Calipatria and Centinela state prisons have joined an estimated 29,000 inmates statewide in a hunger strike. Inmates at two-thirds of the state's 33 prisons are said to be participating in the hunger strike, which started Monday. Inmates are making demands similar to those made during a hunger strike two years ago, said California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation press secretary Terry Thornton. The inmates are calling for revisions to state policies that allow the use of segregation as a way to punish alleged gang involvement.
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By CELESTE ALVAREZ | Staff Writer | June 15, 2013
CALIPATRIA - “There's a formula for success for everything in life and it begins with an education,” valedictorian Lloyd Baker Jr. said to his 47 other graduating classmates Friday morning. Like many graduates in the Valley, Baker and his peers had academically developed through their time spent studying and furthering their education. However unlike the other graduates, they have achieved this goal while overcoming their own personal and environmental obstacles that come with being inmates at Calipatria State Prison.
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By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | May 24, 2013
CALIPATRIA - When someone is incarcerated, it doesn't just affect the inmate but his children as well. In an effort to maintain the connection between incarcerated fathers and their children, the second annual Place4Grace Father2Child Literacy Project is connecting inmates at Calipatria State Prison with their children. Modeled after the national program created by Hope House-District of Columbia, it provides children's books for inmates to read into an audio or videotape recorder which is then sent along with a copy of the book to the inmate's child.
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By CHELCEY ADAMI | Staff Writer | May 24, 2013
Prison inmate dies CALIPATRIA - A Calipatria State Prison inmate died in his cell Wednesday, and the cause of death remains under investigation, a prison official said. Staff discovered inmate George Chavez, 37, of Los Angeles alone in his cell and unresponsive. He had no apparent injuries or signs of suicide. Staff started CPR and other life-sustaining medical procedures, and Chavez was transported to Pioneers Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead by medical staff.
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By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | May 20, 2013
NILAND - Imperial County sheriff's deputies responded to an individual alleging fraud via Craigslist and PayPal on Sunday, according to the sheriff's activity logs. The incident occurred at 8:45 a.m. Deputies responded and did not find any evidence of fraud, according to the logs. No further information was provided. Two prison visitors found with drugs CALIPATRIA - Two Long Beach residents were arrested Sunday after allegedly trying to bring drugs into Calipatria State Prison, according to a prison official.
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By CHELCEY ADAMI | Staff Writer | April 27, 2013
CALIPATRIA - Sydney Rice tells her students that she was once on state aid, a welfare mom and in a domestically violent situation, just as some of them may be, but reminds them that her education has given her options. The Imperial Valley College associate professor became a single, unemployed, welfare mom after leaving an abusive relationship and lived for three months at a domestic violence shelter with her children. Years later, she still shares her story with others. “Because when they hear my story, they understand that it is possible to not only survive, but thrive and that you can move on faith,” she said.
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