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babycat
01-08-2005, 06:07 AM
My 19 year old son and brother are in Chino Please help ease my mind about this prison--is it really that bad of place?
:confused: Entered Chino August 21, 2004. What happens here? Do they stay if so how long. Do they get to pick where they want to transfer to? What can I send them? Do the prison take half of there money for restitution each time? If so what percentage? How many pictures can they have? What kind of entertainment can I send?

Here is a little bit of what happened the day of sentencing : I have proof that they were framed my son and brother are innocent. Forensic Imaging Specialist report stating that it is not my son on the photo.:broken:

LANCASTER - Ms. Jones became so livid she had to be removed from the courtroom. Jones stood up from her seat on the right side of the courtroom, where many family members flanked her.

She asked Judge Lisa Chung to hold a new trial to consider her accusations that the surveillance photographs and videos were doctored.

"You need to establish identity before sentencing him to anything," Jones said about her son, 20-year-old Robert Jones.
"It's not over. Believe that, Robbie," she told her son as she left the courtroom.

Robert Jones and his uncle, Arthur Ross, 35, drew life sentences in prison Thursday for robbing Sam's Club in Palmdale on Jan. 5 2003.

The men were convicted Aug. 21 2004 on charges of kidnapping for the purposes of robbery, two counts of assault with a firearm, one count of robbery and three counts of attempted robbery.

Jones was convicted of the special circumstance of personal use of a firearm, while Ross was convicted of the special circumstance of acting with a principal who used a firearm.

But before Chung issued the sentences, defense attorneys asked her to consider ordering a new trial based on evidence from Ms. Jones that the photographs and store security footage of the robbers was doctored.

The attorneys also asked for a new trial based on possible bias on the part of Chung, who was a deputy district attorney before she became a judge, and who signed the search warrant that led to the arrests of Jones and Ross.

Chung admitted she was a prosecutor before becoming a judge, but said that does not affect the case - and both defense attorneys knew she was a prosecutor before the trial. Their motion involving her, along with their suggestion that evidence was tampered with, was not new, she said.

That evidence, Chung said, could have been brought out months ago and needed to be a recent revelation for her to consider a new trial.

"Legally this does not qualify as newly discovered evidence," Chung said. "This was all available at the beginning of the trial."

The Jones family brought to the court pictures they claim show the robber at Sam's Club was somebody else, and that photo was digitally altered, and a portion of his mug shot found on it.

Ms. Jones, in short, asserts her son was framed. The judge allowed an employee of Samís Club to enter and remain in the deliberation room until a verdict was render.

Ross was working at the store, at 39940 10th St. West, at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 5 when Jones entered and walked around for roughly 15 minutes, investigators said. Jones talked with Ross before Jones walked upstairs, where the store keeps the money, officials said.

Upstairs, Jones pulled a gun on a female employee and demanded money. When she was unable to give him any, he left. As he was walking downstairs, he robbed an employee who had a full cash-register drawer.

Deputy District Attorney Michael Blake told the jury a surveillance tape caught Jones in the act and showed Jones and Ross had dealings before the robbery.

Jones' attorney, Robert Nadler, said a second videotape, taken in the cash room, revealed the robber was much shorter than Jones.

Nadler said an employee's description of the robber doesn't match Jones, including the shade of his skin and description of his eyes. He also said Jones has an alibi.

Because Chung handed down concurrent sentences, Jones and Ross must serve out most of their sentences at the same time.

"It was a very difficult case," Blake said in August of the three-week trial. "I wasn't surprised because I believed that we had enough evidence to convict. But it was difficult putting it all together."

Jones received the harsher sentence because he was convicted of holding the gun during the robbery.

In addition to the life sentence for kidnapping while committing a robbery, Jones was sentenced to 13 years that must be served for armed robbery. Based on the sentences, he will be eligible for parole in 23 years.

Though Ross was not holding the gun, he was convicted of a 1988 Michigan robbery that counted as an "out-of-state strike" and led to a stiffer sentence.

He will be eligible for parole in 15 years.

Outside the court, Nadler said he already had filed an appeal on Jones' sentence. Nadler said he did not know if he would be the attorney for the appellate case, but said, "I would think Robert's attorney is going to try to bring up this issue in the appellate court."

softcooky
01-08-2005, 11:35 AM
I'm assuming they are in the regular dorms now? Not reception? It's not so bad there. They can be sent 10 photos at a time. You have to order CD's or tapes with Access, the package supplier unless they are allowed from other vendors. You can check with the mailroom. Visiting is ok, but visits are being cut short because of so many of us visiting. Restitution so far as I know is 33% right now. My man was transferred there from Tehachapi and likes this better. I doubt they can choose where they go. My man ended up here because his mom was very ill and Chino was closest. She passed last year. Chino is a minimum security prison.

LisaL
01-09-2005, 10:45 AM
Welcome Babycat and good luck! Take Care and God Bless!

-Lisa

RPinSD
01-09-2005, 03:22 PM
Welcome to PTO Babycat

Chino is comprised of 4 seperate units that house various levels and reception center inmates. It's a big facility that has been in operation since 1941, it covers about 2500 acres. All inmates in reception status have a level III designation, so what you can send is curtailed until mainlined. There are 3 reception units a Minimum Support Facility and the Del Norte Unit located next to the East Facility. The main facilities are Central, West and East. Central is the oldest and worst of the 3 it's the main recieving unit for Chino, the East and West Facilities house those inmates that have been classified awaiting transfer or remain in that unit serving their time as "orange suits" (reception privlages)

The MSF yards houses all level 1 inmates and is comprised of several dorm units that provide support for the central and west facility. Del Norte is a level 1-2 College dorm type facility with cells and supports the East facility.
All reception center (Orange suits)inmates have non contact visits, all level 1-2 Blue Suits have contact visits on large yards that are outside.

My mans experience in the Central Facility was not that good unfortunatly he noted a lot of politics, heavy handed CO's and problems on the yard. Though not in such a degree where he considered himself in danger, more just a pain in the ass to deal with.

So what can you send him?
1-20 count book of stamps
20 envelopes or 20 prestamped envelopes from the post office
50 sheets of blank or legal lined letter size paper removed from any binder.
1-5 count pack of clear bic pens unopened
10-4x6 photos with his name and CDC # on the back of each one.
Letters, Cards (very plain, no metal, sounds, decals,pullouts, ect.)
Money orders for canteen (US postal MO made out to him, include his cdc# bunk, unit address city and state)

That's it until mainlined.

Reception center inmates have no access to phones so letters and visits for now. Visiting is easy there, you just show up they process you and off you go to whatever facility he is at. The main visiting center for the West, Central and MSF yards can get busy with long lines but they are fast at getting you processed. The East facility never has lines and they usually have you in under 5 minutes.

Overall, Chino is a pretty easy facility compared to others, it's designated a low level facility and rarely sees lockdowns, problems, fights or injuries so you can breath easy there.

Restitution takes 44% of all funds sent in and will change to 55% Jan 06. You cannot send any entertainment (Playing Cards, Books, Magazines).

He has no say in where they transfer him, when he is classified his info is put into the computer and wherever a bed in that level opens up, that is where he is sent. (except special needs, health/physc, gang, protective custody).

In closing, my man has been at Chino for 4 month now and compared to other prisons he like it here and feels safe.

What unit is your son and brother in and do you know if they have been classified yet, August is a long time?

RPinSD

California Sunshine
01-09-2005, 11:17 PM
Welcome to PTO and the Ca. forum!!! RPinSD gave you a lot of good info :)

LisaL
01-13-2005, 05:20 AM
Welcome to PTO!

VOsLADY
12-20-2006, 11:16 PM
<<<<Chino is comprised of 4 seperate units that house various levels and reception center inmates. It's a big facility that has been in operation since 1941, it covers about 2500 acres. All inmates in reception status have a level III designation, so what you can send is curtailed until mainlined. There are 3 reception units a Minimum Support Facility and the Del Norte Unit located next to the East Facility. The main facilities are Central, West and East. Central is the oldest and worst of the 3 it's the main recieving unit for Chino, the East and West Facilities house those inmates that have been classified awaiting transfer or remain in that unit serving their time as "orange suits" (reception privlages)

The MSF yards houses all level 1 inmates and is comprised of several dorm units that provide support for the central and west facility. Del Norte is a level 1-2 College dorm type facility with cells and supports the East facility.
All reception center (Orange suits)inmates have non contact visits, all level 1-2 Blue Suits have contact visits on large yards that are outside.

My mans experience in the Central Facility was not that good unfortunatly he noted a lot of politics, heavy handed CO's and problems on the yard. Though not in such a degree where he considered himself in danger, more just a pain in the ass to deal with.

So what can you send him?
1-20 count book of stamps
20 envelopes or 20 prestamped envelopes from the post office
50 sheets of blank or legal lined letter size paper removed from any binder.
1-5 count pack of clear bic pens unopened
10-4x6 photos with his name and CDC # on the back of each one.
Letters, Cards (very plain, no metal, sounds, decals,pullouts, ect.)
Money orders for canteen (US postal MO made out to him, include his cdc# bunk, unit address city and state)

That's it until mainlined.

Reception center inmates have no access to phones so letters and visits for now. Visiting is easy there, you just show up they process you and off you go to whatever facility he is at. The main visiting center for the West, Central and MSF yards can get busy with long lines but they are fast at getting you processed. The East facility never has lines and they usually have you in under 5 minutes.

Overall, Chino is a pretty easy facility compared to others, it's designated a low level facility and rarely sees lockdowns, problems, fights or injuries so you can breath easy there.

Restitution takes 44% of all funds sent in and will change to 55% Jan 06. You cannot send any entertainment (Playing Cards, Books, Magazines).

He has no say in where they transfer him, when he is classified his info is put into the computer and wherever a bed in that level opens up, that is where he is sent. (except special needs, health/physc, gang, protective custody).>>>>>>

IS THIS STILL THE SAME FOR TODAY? (2006-07)

Chicos_wifey
12-26-2006, 12:31 AM
yes my huisband is there now. and things are pretty much the same.
12/25/06

kmthr
01-15-2007, 05:20 PM
Could someone tell me if they have used the prison calls online system? Supposedly when the inmate makes a call to this particular # it can go to your cell phone and then you can receive a call at any time.
Another question- how long does it take after the hearing for an inmate to be assigned an area?
I would appreciate any info.

pj663
06-23-2008, 12:40 PM
My 19 year old son and brother are in Chino Please help ease my mind about this prison--is it really that bad of place?
:confused: Entered Chino August 21, 2004. What happens here? Do they stay if so how long. Do they get to pick where they want to transfer to? What can I send them? Do the prison take half of there money for restitution each time? If so what percentage? How many pictures can they have? What kind of entertainment can I send?

Here is a little bit of what happened the day of sentencing : I have proof that they were framed my son and brother are innocent. Forensic Imaging Specialist report stating that it is not my son on the photo.:broken:

LANCASTER - Ms. Jones became so livid she had to be removed from the courtroom. Jones stood up from her seat on the right side of the courtroom, where many family members flanked her.

She asked Judge Lisa Chung to hold a new trial to consider her accusations that the surveillance photographs and videos were doctored.

"You need to establish identity before sentencing him to anything," Jones said about her son, 20-year-old Robert Jones.
"It's not over. Believe that, Robbie," she told her son as she left the courtroom.

Robert Jones and his uncle, Arthur Ross, 35, drew life sentences in prison Thursday for robbing Sam's Club in Palmdale on Jan. 5 2003.

The men were convicted Aug. 21 2004 on charges of kidnapping for the purposes of robbery, two counts of assault with a firearm, one count of robbery and three counts of attempted robbery.

Jones was convicted of the special circumstance of personal use of a firearm, while Ross was convicted of the special circumstance of acting with a principal who used a firearm.

But before Chung issued the sentences, defense attorneys asked her to consider ordering a new trial based on evidence from Ms. Jones that the photographs and store security footage of the robbers was doctored.

The attorneys also asked for a new trial based on possible bias on the part of Chung, who was a deputy district attorney before she became a judge, and who signed the search warrant that led to the arrests of Jones and Ross.

Chung admitted she was a prosecutor before becoming a judge, but said that does not affect the case - and both defense attorneys knew she was a prosecutor before the trial. Their motion involving her, along with their suggestion that evidence was tampered with, was not new, she said.

That evidence, Chung said, could have been brought out months ago and needed to be a recent revelation for her to consider a new trial.

"Legally this does not qualify as newly discovered evidence," Chung said. "This was all available at the beginning of the trial."

The Jones family brought to the court pictures they claim show the robber at Sam's Club was somebody else, and that photo was digitally altered, and a portion of his mug shot found on it.

Ms. Jones, in short, asserts her son was framed. The judge allowed an employee of Samís Club to enter and remain in the deliberation room until a verdict was render.

Ross was working at the store, at 39940 10th St. West, at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 5 when Jones entered and walked around for roughly 15 minutes, investigators said. Jones talked with Ross before Jones walked upstairs, where the store keeps the money, officials said.

Upstairs, Jones pulled a gun on a female employee and demanded money. When she was unable to give him any, he left. As he was walking downstairs, he robbed an employee who had a full cash-register drawer.

Deputy District Attorney Michael Blake told the jury a surveillance tape caught Jones in the act and showed Jones and Ross had dealings before the robbery.

Jones' attorney, Robert Nadler, said a second videotape, taken in the cash room, revealed the robber was much shorter than Jones.

Nadler said an employee's description of the robber doesn't match Jones, including the shade of his skin and description of his eyes. He also said Jones has an alibi.

Because Chung handed down concurrent sentences, Jones and Ross must serve out most of their sentences at the same time.

"It was a very difficult case," Blake said in August of the three-week trial. "I wasn't surprised because I believed that we had enough evidence to convict. But it was difficult putting it all together."

Jones received the harsher sentence because he was convicted of holding the gun during the robbery.

In addition to the life sentence for kidnapping while committing a robbery, Jones was sentenced to 13 years that must be served for armed robbery. Based on the sentences, he will be eligible for parole in 23 years.

Though Ross was not holding the gun, he was convicted of a 1988 Michigan robbery that counted as an "out-of-state strike" and led to a stiffer sentence.

He will be eligible for parole in 15 years.

Outside the court, Nadler said he already had filed an appeal on Jones' sentence. Nadler said he did not know if he would be the attorney for the appellate case, but said, "I would think Robert's attorney is going to try to bring up this issue in the appellate court."










:wave:
Babycat Welcome to PTO:) As you can see all the ladies here are quite helpful:). Go to www.innocentproject.org (http://www.innocentproject.org) I think that possibley you can get assistance or at least some helpful resources. California prison's are so over crowded that our loved ones can't afford to pick and chose they have to go where there is bed space:shake:. It also depends on their level so if your son and brother are level 1"s then they will go to a prison that house level 1 inmates. I hope this helps:)