Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Public Safety Realignment Overview

The Cornerstone of California's Solution to Reduce Overcrowding, Costs, and Recidivism
CDCR has now made available a number of videos that provide an overview of various aspects of realignment.  Please visit the CDCR 2011 Public Safety Realignment home page here (or cut and paste this link into your browser: http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/realignment/index.html).

The presentations include:
  • An Overview of AB 109 by Darby Kernan, Office of Legislation;
  • Parole Revocation Trends, as They Relate to Realignment, by Rodger Meier, Board of Parole Hearings;
  • The Post-Release Community Supervision Process by Tanya Rotchild, Classification Services Unit, and Deloris Paschal, Case Records; and
  • Inmate Population Reductions as a Result of Realignment by Ross Meier, Population Management Unit.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Governor Brown Announces Appointments

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments on August 10, 2011.

Dan Figueroa, 60, of Blythe, has been appointed to the Board of Parole Hearings. Figueroa worked at Chuckawalla Valley State Prison as a correctional counselor from 1996 to 2010 and as a business services supervisor from 1992 to 1996. He served as a property controller with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation from 1988 to 1992. Figueroa worked at the Board of Equalization from 1982 to 1988, serving as a statewide recruitment coordinator and a business tax representative. This position requires Senate confirmation.

Jack Garner, 67, of Gold River, has been appointed to the Board of Parole Hearings. Garner has served as a commissioner on the Board since 2005. He was a senior law enforcement consultant to the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training from 1990 to 2005. Garner served as the city manager of Martinez from 1985 to 1990. This position requires Senate confirmation.

Howard Moseley, 44, of Sacramento, has been appointed to the Board of Parole Hearings. Moseley has served as an adjunct professor at the University of the Pacific, School of International Studies since 2005. He served in several postions at the Office of the Inspector General from 2004 to 2011, most recently as chief assistant inspector general of the Bureau of Independent Review. Moseley was a deputy attorney general in the Criminal Law Division of the California Department of Justice from 1996 to 2004. This position requires Senate confirmation.

John Peck, 54, of Sutter Creek, has been appointed to the Board of Parole Hearings. Peck has served as a commissioner on the Board since 2009. He also served as a retired annuitant deputy commissioner with the Board from 2007 to 2009 and as a correctional officer in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation from 1983 to 2007. This position requires Senate confirmation.

Michael Prizmich, 66, of Plymouth, has been appointed to the Board of Parole Hearings. Prizmich has served as a commissioner on the Board since 2007. He served Amador County in multiple positions from 1976 to 2006, including sheriff-coroner from 1995 to 2006. This position requires Senate confirmation.

Terri Turner, 56, of West Sacramento, has been appointed to the Board of Parole Hearings. Turner has served as a retired annuitant deputy commissioner with the Board since 2008. She retired as a regional adult parole administrator in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in 2007 after serving there since 1980. This position requires Senate confirmation.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Santa Clara Cold-Case Murder

The Santa Clara Police Department is asking for CDCR’s help in solving a 17-year-old murder.

Matthew Flores, then 26, was shot about 8:15 a.m. March 24, 1994, in the parking lot of Applied Materials in Santa Clara.

According to the Santa Clara Police Department, Flores had driven to work in a rented white Chevrolet Corsica. He was shot once in the back of his head, just outside the driver’s door, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The murder took place outside the surveillance camera’s range, but there is fuzzy surveillance footage of an early 1990s Ford Explorer pulling into the parking lot before the shooting and leaving seconds after Flores was shot. The two-door Ford Explorer Sport is light in color with distinctive black trim on the lower panels.

Applied Materials is offering a $100,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the murderer. Anyone with any information concerning this case should call any of the following contacts.

Flores, a new father, had just been discharged from the U.S. Army after serving with honors during Operation Desert Storm.

“We’re confident that someone out there knows something, either directly or indirectly,” said Santa Clara Police Chief Kevin Kyle, “and we would very much like for them to come forward.”

Contact Information:

Santa Clara Police Department - Flores tip line: (408) 615-4817

Investigator, Sgt. Steve Hoesing: (408) 615-4814

PIO, Lt. Matt Hogan: (408) 615-4865