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Spokesman for Calif. prison guards union dies
Updated: 02/28/2011 11:51:25 AM PST
SACRAMENTO, Calif.—The union representing state prison guards says its top communications officer has died. JeVaughn Baker, a spokesman for the California Correctional Peace Officers Association, said Monday that Lance Corcoran died late Sunday at his home in Sacramento but says he did not know the cause of death. 

Corcoran, who was 47, held a variety of roles in more than 20 years as a union officer. He served as director of legislative affairs, chief communications officer and executive vice president.

Before joining the union leadership, Corcoran was a guard at California Correctional Center, Susanville.

The union represents more than 30,000 correctional officers in adult and juvenile prisons, as well as parole agents who supervise convicts after their release.


California inmate dies while awaiting execution

Updated: 02/28/2011 04:27:38 PM PST
SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Prison officials say an inmate at San Quentin State Prison has died of natural causes while awaiting execution for a 1994 slaying in Sacramento County.The state corrections department says Richard Ray Parson died at an outside hospital Monday. He was 67.

Parsons was on death row for the murder of Theresa Schmiedt during a robbery. She was a nurse at convalescent home who was beaten to death with a claw hammer. Her purse, check card and bank card were stolen.

She was the mother of an inmate Parson had met in prison.

The department says 53 condemned inmates have died of natural causes since the death penalty was reinstated in 1978, while 13 have been executed.

There are 713 inmates currently on California’s death row.



Inmate Escapes From Kern Valley State Prison

UPDATED: 3:07 pm PST March 1, 2011
DELANO, Calif. — The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said a man escaped from the Kern Valley State Prison Tuesday.Around 11:45 a.m., inmate Miguel Jaime Jr., 23, was reported missing.An emergency count was called and at 12:15 p.m. it was confirmed that Jaime had escaped.The institution activated the emergency operations, escape pursuit plan in an effort to locate Jaime.Jaime is described as Hispanic, 5 feet 4 inches tall, weighing 145 pounds with short black hair and brown eyes.Jaime has a tattoo on his upper lip, a W on his left cheek and tattoos on top of his head and neck.He was incarcerated from Kern County on Sept. 17, and is serving a two-year, four-month sentence for the manufacturing, sale and possession of a weapon.He served time previously for robbery and burglary.Jaime arrived at KVSP on Jan. 21.Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of inmate Jaime is should contact Lt. Jeff Smith at 661-721-6314 or their local law enforcement agency.KVSP is a Level IV institution which also houses a Level I Minimum Support Facility. Approximately 4,700 inmates are incarcerated at KVSP.
Source: Mercury News

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