CDCR parole agents honored by LA Council 

member Richard Alarcón

By Maria Franco / Regional Administrator, Parole Region III
On July 24, Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcón honored Parole Agents Lupe Sanchez and Cherie Ware for their unrelenting commitment to public safety for the people of Los Angeles.
They were recognized during the National Probation, Parole and Community Supervision Week 2012.
Both agents have distinguished careers. In 1993, Agent Sanchez began his career with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) as a correctional officer at North Kern State Prison. In 1996, he was assigned to the Investigative Services Unit at NKSP.
He transferred to the parole division in 1998 as a parole agent I for the Silverlake No. 1 Parole Unit in the Inner City Parole District in downtown Los Angeles.
Agent Sanchez was promoted in 2004 to parole agent II with the Police and Corrections Team (PACT) in the San Gabriel Valley District.  He was instrumental in the development of the re-integration academy in 2009 and 2012 at Cal Poly, Pomona.
Since 2009, Agent Sanchez has been assigned to the California Parole Apprehension Team (CPAT) fugitive unit-Los Angeles as parole agent II supervisor.
Agent Sanchez was also a key player in the development and implementation of Operation Disarm and Operation Guardian in Los Angeles County.
In 1989, Agent Ware began her career with the California Youth Authority as a youth correctional counselor at the Fred C. Nelles Youth Correctional Facility. She was assigned to the “boot camp” program at Fred C. Nelles and was a member of the Tactical Team.
In 1996, Agent Ware was promoted to a senior youth correctional counselor at the Fred C. Nelles Youth Correctional Facility. She was in charge of the daily operations of the living unit, as well as overseeing the casework needs of the youthful offenders assigned to her living unit.
In 2001, Agent Ware was promoted to a parole agent II, specialist in the Gang Apprehension Unit with Juvenile Parole.  From 2004 to 2006, she was with the Office of Victim Services as a parole agent II, specialist.
In 2006, she returned to Juvenile Parole as a parole agent II, specialist where she was assigned to the South Coast Parole Office.  Agent Ware continues to work with juvenile parolees and is currently assigned to the LA Watts Juvenile Parole Unit as a parole agent II, specialist supervising a sex-offender caseload.
Agent Ware takes the extra step to build partnerships between community-based programs and the department. She shows initiative in developing new ideas and methods of getting parolees involved with their communities in positive ways.

Inmate gets 50-to-life for attacking correctional officer

By OPEC Staff
A Sacramento Superior Court judge recently sentenced an inmate at California State Prison, Sacramento (SAC) to 50-years-to-life for a 2008 attack on a correctional officer, the Sacramento Bee reported.
Steven Jones, 35, was convicted of attacking an officer who was providing backup as Jones was about to be handcuffed. He also was convicted of being in possession of an inmate-made weapon.
Jones spun around and punched the officer several times in the face, according to press release from the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office.
Jones jumped on the unconscious officer and continued to punch him until offer officers were able to subdue him.
A search of Jones turned up a 5-inch-long stabbing weapon.
The officer recovered and has returned to work, the Bee reported.

CCWF hosts top law enforcement; showcases facility

By Lt. Travis R. Wright / PIO, CCWF
The Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF) recently used the hosting of a local law enforcement group to showcase the facility, including its extensive rehabilitation programs.
The Fresno/Madera Police Chiefs Association held its monthly meeting at CCWF on Aug. l5. The association is composed of leaders of every police agency in Fresno and Madera counties.
Madera Sherriff John Anderson approached Warden (A) Deborah K. Johnson about a month earlier and asked if the Madera County institution would be interested in hosting the meeting since many of the group’s members were newly elected and/or appointed and had not toured a state prison. CCWF had never hosted the luncheon, and no state prison had hosted a meeting in more than a decade.
In all, 35 law enforcement leaders attended.
 “I am excited to host an event for our local law enforcement leaders,” Warden Johnson said. “Our prison is focused on being active in the community and forming partnerships with surrounding law enforcement agencies. Hosting this meeting/luncheon was an attempt to show them that we are eager to assist in any way possible.”
After the luncheon, several group members were taken on a tour of the facility to show the rehabilitative efforts taking place.
 “Many of those chiefs were amazed at what we do here at CCWF,” Warden Johnson said. “They never knew that CCWF offered so many educational and vocational opportunities to the inmates. It was a very informative and productive tour, and many of these officials expressed their gratitude for the opportunity to see inside the prison walls.”
The association’s monthly meetings rotate among the member agencies in Fresno and Madera counties. Warden Johnson said she hopes to continue attending association meetings and host another one.