CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 1993 |
Gov. Pete Wilson appointed Michael Pickett, a Chino prison warden and former correctional officer, as warden of Vacaville's California Medical Facility on Thursday. Pickett, 48, started his corrections career as an officer at San Quentin Prison in 1969. He worked at prisons in Norco, Susanville, San Rafael and at state Corrections Department headquarters in Sacramento before becoming warden at the California Institute for Men in Chino in August, 1992.
July 6, 1989
A Humane Society official in San Rafael said staff members at the California Medical Facility at Vacaville are suspected in the mutilation deaths of seven kittens adopted as pets by prison inmates. Pat Miller, director of operations for the society's Marin County branch, said the cats were killed in the prison's workshop after 3 p.m.--the end of the shift. Only prison staff members would be in the area after the workshop closed, Miller said.
December 6, 1992 |
About 75 people participated in an AIDS protest Saturday outside the California Department of Corrections prison hospital. The protesters chanted, marched and held a "die-in" at the main gate to protest the department's policy toward inmates with AIDS or the human immunodeficiency virus. "Prisoners die, they do nothing," members of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power chanted while Vacaville police and corrections officers watched.
July 5, 1991 |
The heat-caused deaths of three inmates in Vacaville state prison's psychiatric ward came just a week after prisoner rights groups filed a lawsuit attacking "medieval" care for mentally ill inmates. "What's going on is the prison system is degenerating into what can be described as a medieval mental asylum situation," Donald Spector, director of the Prison Law Office, had told reporters last week in announcing the federal court lawsuit.
July 6, 1991 |
State prison officials probed for answers Friday to the heat-related deaths of three mentally ill inmates, and at the same time opened the crowded and sweltering California Medical Facility to reporters. "This is a big place, very complex," said Warden Eddie Ylst. "But there is nothing to hide." Officials say they do not know what killed the three inmates on Wednesday morning. They all were using mind-altering drugs known to raise body temperatures.
January 7, 1988 |
Prisoner rights attorneys alleged in a civil suit Wednesday that inmates housed in the AIDS ward at the state medical prison at Vacaville are treated like "lepers" in inhumane conditions that further endanger their lives.