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March 19, 1999 | MARK ARAX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
California's corrections chief said Thursday that he has launched an investigation into the near-death of an inmate at Corcoran State Prison that occurred after a guard left his post in a high-security exercise yard and two inmates then repeatedly kicked and pummeled the rival.
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November 27, 1996 | PETER H. KING
This little San Joaquin Valley town, like so much of what might be called civilized California, originated within the imagination of a real estate speculator. Nearly a century ago, one E.J. Whitley of Los Angeles, a subdivider of Hollywood and Van Nuys, stepped off a train, observed a rough landscape of long grasses and wild pigs, and declared that here he would build his next community. He backed his vision with the purchase of 3,200 acres, and started plotting streets. Soon a problem emerged.
NEWS
May 19, 2000 | From Associated Press
Jurors in the federal trial of eight Corcoran prison guards accused of setting up inmate fights now have firsthand knowledge of the maximum security lock-down. The 12 jurors and three alternates on Thursday toured the Security Housing Unit at Corcoran State Prison where the guards are alleged to have pitted prisoners against one another in gladiator-style fights. Jurors had repeatedly asked U.S.
NEWS
March 19, 1998 | MARK ARAX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As part of the federal government's growing scrutiny of California prisons, the FBI is launching civil rights investigations at the Pelican Bay and Susanville penitentiaries into the role guards may have played in the beatings and killings of inmates. FBI officials said the decision to investigate follows a number of recent assaults and deaths of inmates at the two maximum-security prisons in Northern California.
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February 12, 1997 | Associated Press
Seventeen Corcoran State Prison inmates apparently were collecting photographs and autographs of Charles Manson to sell on the outside, state prison officials said Tuesday. "There's a whole market on the outside for these macabre kinds of memorabilia," said Corrections Department spokesman Tip Kindel. "[For] almost anybody that's a mass murderer, there's a market outside of prison."
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March 27, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A grand jury may be hearing testimony on the death of an inmate who bled in his cell while guards watched football on television. Ronald Herrera bled to death at Corcoran State Prison on Feb. 2, the night of the Super Bowl, which led to accusations that guards neglected to help him because they were distracted by the game. Prison officials have denied those charges. On Thursday, several officers were served with grand jury summonses asking them to testify in the case.
NEWS
December 19, 1998 | MARK ARAX and MARK GLADSTONE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Hours after being taken off suicide watch last week at Corcoran State Prison, inmate Michael van Straaten penned a farewell note to his family and fashioned a noose out of a torn bedsheet and shoelaces. During a 3 a.m. bed check, he was found hanging in a dark corner of his cell in the prison's infamous "hole."
NEWS
October 9, 1998 | MARK ARAX and MARK GLADSTONE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Five state correctional officers have been indicted by a special Kings County Grand Jury on conspiracy and other charges stemming from a 1993 rape at Corcoran State Prison by an inmate enforcer nicknamed the "Booty Bandit." The five officers, including a lieutenant, were booked at the Kings County Jail Thursday afternoon on a variety of criminal charges, including conspiracy to carry out a sodomy and preparing false reports.
NEWS
October 15, 1999 | From Associated Press
A juror at the high-profile trial of four prison guards was excused Thursday after the defense learned that the juror's husband had been behind bars in a military prison for two years. The Corcoran State Prison guards are accused of placing Eddie Dillard, a 118-pound first-time offender, in the cell of a 6-foot-3, 230-pound sexual predator known as the Booty Bandit to punish Dillard for kicking a female guard.
NEWS
August 22, 1996 | MARK ARAX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Corcoran State Prison will resume the practice of mixing rival gang members in tiny recreation yards even though some high-ranking officers say the policy has had deadly consequences, a Department of Corrections spokesman said Wednesday. The integration policy has resulted in countless fights between rival inmates, leading to dozens of shootings in which guards fired to break up the fights and sometimes hit the wrong targets, said the former supervisors at Corcoran's security housing unit.
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