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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Three female inmates were charged with second-degree murder in the October beating death of another inmate at a women's prison in Chowchilla. Tonea Ashline, 32, Alejandra Calderon, 27, and Leticia Velasquez, 36, were also charged with involuntary manslaughter and assault, Madera County Dist. Atty. Ernest LiCalsi said. The three are accused of beating Patricia Ann Toledo, 36, in a prison yard fight at Valley State Prison for Women.
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WORLD
January 6, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
At least 13 inmates were killed and 30 wounded in a shootout among prisoners on the outskirts of Tegucigalpa, the Honduran capital, officials said. Honduran Security Minister Armando Calidonio said police and guards later restored control at National Penitentiary, the nation's largest. He said officials had yet to determine how inmates had obtained guns. The clash occurred at a cellblock known as Casa Blanca, which holds about 200 of the most dangerous inmates.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Two inmates pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of killing and torturing another inmate inside the Men's Central Jail in November. Christian Perez, 18, in jail on murder and carjacking charges, and Heriberto Rodriguez, 24, charged with carjacking, could face the death penaltydue to the special-circumstance allegation of torture. Chadwick Shane Cochran, 35, was beaten and stomped to death.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 2005 | Paul Pringle and Hector Becerra, Times Staff Writers
Before it killed him, the beating that Chadwick Shane Cochran suffered in a Los Angeles jail may have brought back terrifying memories. The attack last month was not the first time the system failed to protect the mentally ill man while he was in custody, according to a civil rights lawsuit. Four years ago, the suit alleged, Georgia prison guards choked and karate-chopped Cochran after he was pulled from a class for mentally ill inmates and vomited on an officer's shoe.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 8, 2005 | Richard Winton and Stuart Pfeifer, Times Staff Writers
Los Angeles County prosecutors on Wednesday said two inmates could face the death penalty for torturing a fellow inmate for up to half an hour, then killing him while they were locked together in an unsupervised room at the Men's Central Jail -- all over what authorities now believe was a misunderstanding.
WORLD
August 16, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Gang members rioted in at least seven Guatemalan prisons, attacking rivals with grenades, guns and knives in coordinated chaos that left 31 inmates dead, officials said. The riots apparently began with attacks by members of the Mara Salvatrucha gang against rivals in the M-18 gang, Interior Minister Carlos Vielmann said. Vielmann said the violence was under control shortly after noon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
The family of slain Chino Institution for Men correctional officer Manuel Gonzalez has filed a $100-million federal lawsuit against California Youth and Adult Correctional Agency Secretary Roderick Q. Hickman and others for "deliberate indifference." Gonzalez, a 16-year veteran with the California Department of Corrections, was stabbed to death inside the prison Jan. 10. Gonzalez estate attorneys say prison administrators Hickman, California Department of Corrections Director Jeanne S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 2005 | Susannah Rosenblatt and Susana Enriquez, Times Staff Writers
State prison officials on Friday removed the warden and two deputy wardens from their posts at the California Institution for Men in Chino after an investigation determined that mismanagement and security lapses contributed to the slaying of a guard in January.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 2005 | Jenifer Warren, Times Staff Writer
The fatal stabbing of an officer by an inmate at the Chino men's prison might have been prevented if guards had not routinely violated security protocols and if managers had properly housed the alleged assailant in a cell for violent convicts, an investigative report concluded Wednesday. In response to the findings, state corrections officials placed Warden Lori DiCarlo and two chief deputies on paid administrative leave and launched a widespread audit of prison operations.
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