As a rule, Paco doesn’t consider an inmate assault worthy of being the day’s Spotlight article. However, today I make an exception to underscore the priorities of the Administration…
David Ruiz | Sacramento Bee
July 31, 2012
An inmate suffered multiple stab wounds today in an attempted homicide at California State Prison, Sacramento, officials said.
The inmate – whose name is being withheld – was attacked in the main exercise yard in B facility, one of the three general population maximum-security yards at the prison, according to a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation news release…(Full text at Sacramento Bee)
Now, I remind you of the July 24 Spotlight post, Corcoran CO viciously slashed July 18: CDCR mum where we learned a notorious murderer tried to kill a transportation CO on July 18. Paco excoriated CDCR for failing to conduct a conference call, relying on a confidential email to notify other facilities.
So, on July 31 an inmate was attacked and CDCR issued an official press release the same day–The article was posted that date and clearly credits a CDCR press release. The attempted murder of a correctional officer doesn’t even merit a memo, much less a press release. Or, did Paco simply miss the press release about the attack on our officer?
Let’s go to the source and see what “news” has been released to the media of late. First, the “latest press releases” per the “OPEC” home page:
Latest Press Releases (8/2/12)
A search of the site reflects one press release prior to the July 18 assault and none until July 25:
- INMATE DEATH AT CALIFORNIA CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION UNDER INVESTIGATION AS HOMICIDE Monday, July 16, 2012
- CDCR Parole Agents Arrest More Than 69 Parolees with Gang Affiliations in Los Angeles Wednesday, July 25, 2012
So, it’s official: the public needs to know when an inmate is stabbed–When an officer is stabbed, it doesn’t merit a mention. The apprehension of a poo-butt walkaway is news, the attempted murder of a law enforcement officer is not. QED. -