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July 30, 1990 | MILES CORWIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The nation's most famous "country club prison," once the domain of such celebrity felons as inside trader Ivan Boesky and Watergate figure H.R. Haldeman, is shutting down. The Lompoc Federal Prison Camp is being converted into a higher security federal prison. A prison with fences and razor wire instead of small "off-limits" signs around the property. A prison where inmates have to wear khaki uniforms instead of shorts and T-shirts. A prison where inmates can't play tennis in the afternoon.
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October 7, 2005 | David Rosenzweig, Times Staff Writer
A prison inmate accused of fatally stabbing one guard and wounding four others at the federal maximum security prison in Lompoc was declared mentally incompetent Thursday to stand trial. In a curious twist, defendant Roy C. Green defied his own lawyers, siding with federal prosecutors in insisting that he was competent to face trial in the death penalty case. It was the second time in four years that U.S. District Judge Consuelo B.
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December 17, 1998 | DAVID ROSENZWEIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The U.S. attorney's office said Wednesday that it will seek the death penalty for an inmate accused of fatally stabbing a guard and wounding four others last year at the Lompoc federal penitentiary. If the trial of Roy C. Green proceeds as planned, it will be the first death penalty case tried in Los Angeles federal court since Congress reinstated capital punishment at the federal level in 1988. Atty. Gen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
An investigation into allegations that the Lompoc federal prison has become increasingly violent should be launched, Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Wednesday. In a letter to Harley Lappin, director of federal prisons, Feinstein (D-Calif.) quoted a group representing prison corrections officers as claiming that "since the riot of June 1, 2003 [where three corrective officers were held hostage], over 1,000 incidents have happened and no corrective actions have been attempted by the Bureau of Prisons."
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June 21, 2001 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Inmates are being counted in a redistricting plan. Most can't vote or participate on community commissions, but the 3,000 prisoners at Lompoc's federal penitentiary will be included in the supervisorial redistricting process. Supervisor Tom Urbanske made a motion to exclude the prisoner population from the redistricting tally, and it was seconded by board Chairwoman Joni Gray. But it was voted down 3-2.
NEWS
August 28, 1989
A fight involving inmates from the East and West coasts at Lompoc Federal Penitentiary apparently was triggered by two feuding prisoners who organized the groups against each other, officials said. The prison yard fight Friday night involved about 40 to 50 inmates and lasted less than a half hour before it was broken up by guards, said Paul Ortiz, executive assistant to the warden. A "lock-down," in which each inmate is confined to his cell, remained in effect.
NEWS
August 27, 1989 | From Associated Press
A disturbance at the Lompoc Federal Penitentiary involving about 40 inmates left two people hospitalized and the prison on lock-down status Saturday, a spokesman said. The disturbance began at about 6:40 p.m. Friday when a group of inmates from Washington, D.C., clashed with another group of inmates from the West Coast in the recreation yard, said Paul Ortiz, executive assistant to the warden. The names and conditions of the two hospitalized inmates were not immediately available, Ortiz said.
NEWS
June 16, 1988 | MILES CORWIN, Times Staff Writer
Lompoc Federal Penitentiary authorities are taking extra security precautions in preparation for an expected announcement today that some inmates may be deported to Cuba, a decision that led to violent prison takeovers last year in Louisiana and Georgia.
NEWS
July 1, 1988 | MILES CORWIN, Times Staff Writer
Authorities at Lompoc Federal Penitentiary said an inmate was transferred Thursday to another prison for violating a prohibition against selling stories to newspapers, but an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union contended that he is being punished for criticizing the warden. Dannie Martin, 48, who has written about 20 stories for the San Francisco Chronicle during the last two years, was moved to Metropolitan Correctional Center in San Diego late Thursday night.
NEWS
June 24, 1988 | MILES CORWIN, Times Staff Writer
An inmate at Lompoc Federal Penitentiary who writes regularly for the San Francisco Chronicle was released Thursday from an isolation unit where he spent two days after publication of an article in which he claimed that tensions were rising at the maximum-security prison. Dannie Martin, 48, a bank robber turned inmate journalist, claimed that he was punished because he wrote an article in Sunday's Chronicle depicting potential riot conditions at the prison and criticizing Warden Richard Rison.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Attorneys representing corrections officers at the federal penitentiary in Lompoc have sent a letter to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, complaining that prison officials have failed to guarantee employee security. The letter, which criticizes Warden Al Herrera and the Bureau of Prisons, follows Wednesday's attack on three guards. It contends that staff shortages have resulted in convicts having the upper hand at the prison and accuses Herrera of failing to punish inmates who harass guards.
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October 6, 2003 | William Overend, Times Staff Writer
Stepping into a bitter dispute between corrections officers and the warden of the federal penitentiary here, the FBI has launched an investigation into charges that the prison's top manager has instituted policies that effectively have taken control away from the prison's guards and handed it over to the inmates.
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June 21, 2001 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Inmates are being counted in a redistricting plan. Most can't vote or participate on community commissions, but the 3,000 prisoners at Lompoc's federal penitentiary will be included in the supervisorial redistricting process. Supervisor Tom Urbanske made a motion to exclude the prisoner population from the redistricting tally, and it was seconded by board Chairwoman Joni Gray. But it was voted down 3-2.
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December 17, 1998 | DAVID ROSENZWEIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The U.S. attorney's office said Wednesday that it will seek the death penalty for an inmate accused of fatally stabbing a guard and wounding four others last year at the Lompoc federal penitentiary. If the trial of Roy C. Green proceeds as planned, it will be the first death penalty case tried in Los Angeles federal court since Congress reinstated capital punishment at the federal level in 1988. Atty. Gen.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 27, 1992 | ROBERT EPSTEIN
Man and nature created this ironic setting, this picture-postcard jigsaw for the eye: On both sides of the two-lane road, just beyond the newly framed clusters of tract homes in coastal Lompoc, fields of new flowers roll with the contours of the land, dampened in the morning fog. But straight ahead, other fields, fields of razor wire beneath the towers of surveillance and the doors that close with certain finality, U.S. Penitentiary, Lompoc. Inside, another irony.
NEWS
June 16, 1992 | PAUL JACOBS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Former state Sen. Alan Robbins became just another inmate Monday afternoon when he reported to the federal prison camp at Lompoc to begin serving a five-year sentence for racketeering and income tax evasion. "It's not the gulag," said the camp's administrator, Todd Craig, referring to severe conditions in labor camps in the former Soviet Union. "But it is a minimum-security work camp, and we expect an honest day's work from the inmates, and the amenities are limited."
NEWS
July 8, 1988 | TODD J. GILLMAN, Times Staff Writer
A federal judge here said Thursday that prison authorities at Lompoc Federal Penitentiary took "retaliatory action" against an inmate who writes articles about prison life for the San Francisco Chronicle. But he refused to prevent authorities from moving prisoner Dannie M. Martin for the second time in two weeks. U.S. District Judge Charles Legge said lawyers for Martin and the Chronicle had made "a substantial showing that there has been retaliatory action against Mr.
NEWS
January 26, 1989 | THOMAS H. MAUGH II, Times Science Writer
Mark Fleisher's epiphany came during an episode of "Hill Street Blues." A balding, bespectacled anthropologist at Washington State University, Fleisher was in his eighth month of field work at the Lompoc Federal Penitentiary, serving as a corrections officer or "hack" to study morale among other "hacks." That day, he had spent nine hours investigating the stabbing murder of an inmate named Juan.
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June 9, 1992 | MARK GLADSTONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When he begins his sentence on political corruption charges next week, former state Sen. Alan Robbins is expected to report to the federal prison camp at Lompoc where he will begin a strictly regimented life stripped of the trappings of power. "It is a work camp. It's no-frills and each inmate will work 7 1/2 hours, five days a week," said Todd Craig, administrator of the minimum-security camp, which is surrounded by a four-foot-high split rail fence. The guards are unarmed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 1992
Former state Sen. Alan Robbins is expected to report to the Federal Prison Camp at Lompoc next week to begin his sentence on political corruption charges. Last year, Robbins entered a guilty plea to using his Senate office as a racketeering enterprise to extort money and to two felony counts of income tax evasion. As part of a plea-bargain, Robbins, who resigned from his seat last November, began cooperating with federal authorities.
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