When Boilerplate Goes Bad

May 29, 2012

In California, an inmate serving a life term for child molestation was strangled by his cellmate serving a life sentence for murder.  Reporting the news, Kim Christensen in the LA Times essentially reprints a blog post from the California Department of Corrections.  SheHe should’ve stuck with the public information officer’s full post.  Thanks to its final boilerplate graf, which Christensen left out, it’s a lot more entertaining—and revealing:

LANCASTER– Officials at California State Prison- Los Angeles County are investigating the death of an inmate as a homicide after he was found unresponsive in his cell Tuesday morning…

Prison officials have named his cellmate Aaron Alvarez, 42, as the suspect in the case. Alvarez has been placed in the administrative segregation unit pending the investigation

The victim was received by California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) on November 30, 1999 from San Diego County. He was serving a life sentence for aggravated sexual assault of a child.

Inmate Alvarez…serving a life sentence for first-degree murder….

LAC provides educational, vocational, re-entry and self-help programs that provide inmates life skills and work skills that can be used in support of their efforts at reintegration into society. The facility has a unique Progressive Programming Facility developed specifically to provide a program, free from disruptive behavior, in which personal and CDCR goals can be more readily achieved.

As you can see, Mr. Alvarez’s progressive behavior was in no way disrupted as he choked the life out of his roomie.  Thus did he readily achieve his goal.  Success!

Hey, this is California.  We think different.

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Klug May 29, 2012 at 3:11 pm

I believe it’s a he (i.e Mr. Christensen.)


ted May 30, 2012 at 4:52 am

So, these inmates that have LIFE SENTENCES are enrolled in programs to help them at reintegration into society. When are they supposed to make use of these skills, in the afterlife?


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