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By CASSANDRA MUNOZ, Law Enforcement Class of the Valley Community School, student | June 20, 2009
On June 1, students from the law enforcement class at the Valley Community School had the honor to attend a tour at the Centinela State Prison. During the excursion we were able to visit several cellblock facilities, the yard, medical center and cafeteria. In the block facilities we were able to enter a cell, which was exciting to us. We were appalled by some of the utilities within the yard. We were also able to look at activities provided for example: handball, baseball, exercising bar equipment and soccer.
By JOS… MARÍA GUIJARRO, Staff Writer | March 13, 2007
SEELEY ? About 20 inmates were injured Tuesday at Centinela State Prison when a fight involving about 100 black and Hispanic inmates broke out in one of the prison yards. Deavonne Long, the prison?s public information officer, said no staff was injured in the fight, which began about 11:20 a.m. Five of the injured inmates were taken to local hospitals with stab wounds, Long said. Staff at the prison checked and found weapons in the yard. ?It seems to be a trend happening at the department.
By SILVIO J. PANTA, Staff Writer | April 13, 2009
SEELEY ? A 28-year-old Latino inmate at Centinela State Prison suffered serious injuries Monday during a stabbing attack at the prison?s Facility C building, a spokesman said. The inmate, who is serving a 28-years-to-life sentence for second-degree murder, was first treated in the infirmary before he was taken to an area near Brown Road outside of the prison to be loaded into a helicopter, said Administrative Lt. Richard Dubbe. The inmate, who Dubbe declined to identify, was flown to a San Diego-area hospital.
By SHARON BROOKS BROWN | Loranger, La | December 31, 2010
I am sending this letter to you in hopes of letting those who have loved ones incarcerated know that they should be very careful dealing with prisons not returning an inmate’s package to the vendor from which it came if the inmate is not there to accept the package. Since July 2010 I have been corresponding with Access SecuredPak, a vendor that Centinela State Prison in Imperial (County) uses for their housed inmates to shop in regards to my son’s package I ordered for him. The package arrived at the prison; however my son had been pulled out and sent the men’s central county jail in Los Angeles.
By SILVIO J. PANTA, Staff Writer | May 16, 2009
A correctional officer and a registered nurse at Centinela State Prison were recognized Thursday for bravery by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Officer Manuel E. Ibarra Jr. and Nelia Salcido received a gold star and a silver star, respectively, for actions above and beyond ?the normal demands of correctional service,? according to a press statement. The awards were presented by CDCR Secretary Matthew Cate during the 25th annual Medal of Valor Ceremony in Sacramento.
By JONATHAN DALE, Staff Writer | October 11, 2007
An inmate from Centinela State Prison was pronounced dead at El Centro Regional Medical Center on Sunday of as-yet-unknown causes. The 32-year-old Hispanic man, whose name is being withheld by prison staff for the time being, collapsed Wednesday afternoon in Facility E, Centinela public information officer Richard Dubbe said. ?There were no obvious signs of trauma, no bleeding or anything like that,? Dubbe said. ?They took him to our hospital inside the prison and checked him out,?
By SILVIO J. PANTA, Staff Writer | December 23, 2007
The sight of a little girl eagerly waiting for a new bicycle at the Imperial County Probation Department a year ago was a memory Wilfred Real relished. Click here for video. The tyke, whose name Real couldn?t recall, finally heard her name called and bolted for the one bike she eyeballed the whole time during the annual Bike for Kids Program. Real, a vocational instructor at Centinela State Prison, where the free bikes are refurbished, said such moments make the holiday event worthwhile to participate in again.
By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer | June 14, 2004
Four low-level inmates from Centinela State Prison escaped Sunday morning only to be quickly captured in El Centro by federal and local law enforcement agencies. Centinela employee relations officer Joe McKiney said the inmates escaped from the minimum-security area of the prison by jumping a fence. The men then went to El Centro. The four escapees were Felix Torres, 34, of Los Angeles County, serving a seven-year sentence for receiving stolen property, Anthony Gonzalez, 25, of Los Angeles County, serving five years on a robbery conviction, Dominic Rodriguez, 21, of Riverside County, serving four years for corporal injury on his spouse, and Emanuel Arias, 23, of Los Angeles County, serving five years on a robbery conviction.
By JONATHAN ATHENS, Staff Writer | March 17, 2007
California?s top prison official is scheduled Thursday to tour Centinela State Prison and to discuss Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger?s ambitious plans to overhaul the state?s overcrowded prison system. For Centinela, those plans include a $108.2 million fix that would add 590 inmates to that prison?s population, which is already more than twice the size of what it was designed to accommodate. State Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Secretary James E. Tilton is slated to take a tour of the prison and will meet with Warden Victor Almager.
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