CMC warden accused of doctoring an inmate’s file

January 9, 2015
CMC Warden Elvin Valenzuela

CMC Warden Elvin Valenzuela

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said that Warden Elvin Valenzuela and Captain Jennifer Core were suspended while Lt. Ray Baez and Officer Oscar Herijld was fired for their participation in issues regarding an investigation into a document being removed from a prisoner’s file. However, Herijld left CMC during the investigation, the findings against Baez were revoked in a Skelly hearing, and Valenzuela and Core were not suspended. Because of personnel privacy rules, the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation public relation’s staff is only saying that appropriate actions were taken and is not disclosing what those actions were.


The warden and a captain at the California Men’s Colony in San Luis Obispo County have been accused of destroyed a portion of an inmate’s file in an attempt to promote the prisoner’s parole or transfer, prison sources said.

While in prison, the convicted murderer had been busted for drugs. However, shortly before the inmate was to appear before the California Board of Prison Terms, documents of the 115 drug charge were removed from his file.

Nevertheless, board officials discovered a confidential report describing the drug offense. As a result, the prisoner was not paroled and an investigation was initiated.

Warden Elvin Valenzuela and Captain Jennifer Core were involved in the removal of the file, CMC sources said.

Valenzuela did not respond to requests for comment. Jeffrey Callison, the press secretary for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, confirmed that there had been an investigation into the altering of an inmate’s file.

“In response to your question yesterday, all we can say at this time is that there was an investigation into actions regarding an inmate’s file,” Callison said in an email. “That investigation has been completed and all appropriate actions have been taken. Since this is a personnel matter, there is no further comment that we can make.”

Officer Oscar Herijld and Lieutenant Ray Baez were also  under investigation during the inquiry, sources said.

The Office of Internal Affairs and the Housing Authority both sustained allegations that Lt. Ray Baez had failed to inform his superiors about rule violations in the 2012 removal of the 115 from the inmate’s file, Baez said. However, Baez was on vacation during a portion of the time in question.

In addition, Baez said the warden has the right to remove a 115 for the safety of the prison.

In a Skelly hearing held late last year, a judge cleared Baez of all charges.

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Sad when it’s ok to justify wrong doing by officers. Ok to bring in phones?

I mean, that’s been happening for a long time, as well, right? So, hell, let’s justify it for

who we can when we can. No respect for any of them while they are “investigating”

other staff. They’ll be padding staffs files next. Shame on them.

To promote ANY inmate’s parole in such a manner is totally unethical behavior and borders on criminal behavior. Just the tip of the iceberg of what this warden has and will probably do. Sounds as corrupt as a Mexican prison. Both should have faced a panel of their peers at the state level and at the VERY least been demoted. But the kicker is their motive. Is the prisoner and the warden in a relationship or just who is having the relationship? Or who has the goods on who? Either way, it is disgusting that these two got a slap on the wrist and the governing body got away with handing down the punishment. There is not ONE DAY something underhanded is not going behind the prison walls. And I’m not talking about the inmates.

The key words in this story are “convicted murderer” therefore it’s beyond biblical reason why this person hasn’t been put to death! You’ve heard this before, if we’re a Christian Nation, then it’s about time we start following the inspired word of our Hebrew God.

“Whoever takes a human life shall surely be put to death.” (Leviticus 24:17) Can it get any simpler than this godly passage? No, it cannot. Our God wrote this passage through his inspired word, and expected it to followed, period.

If our God can strike dead Onan for just “spilling his seed” upon the ground and not within his brother’s wife, then this sets an example for the convicted murderer in question to have his life ended as well by just being a convicted murderer, and appeals be damned.

“But Onan knew that the offspring would not be his. So whenever he went in to his brother’s wife he would waste the semen on the ground, so as not to give offspring to his brother. And what he did was wicked in the sight of the Lord, and he put him to death also.” (Genesis 38:9-10)

Enough of this red tape crapola of appeals, appeals to the appeals, etc., we need to start following ALL the bible for a change and justice will be meted out in a quicker manner!

And I guess you would uphold the following as well as they all call for death (by stoning or burning):

Having homosexual intercourse between men (Leviticus 18:22, Leviticus 20:13)

Commiting adultery between a man and a woman (Leviticus 20:10-12)

Lying about virginity(Deuteronomy 22:20-21)[3]

Being the daughter of a priest and practicing prostitution(Leviticus 21:9)[4]

Raping an engaged female virgin (Deuteronomy 22:25)[5]

If an engaged female virgin, being raped in a city (Deuteronomy 22:23-27)[6]

Being male and practicing bestiality (Leviticus 20:15)[7]

Being female and practicing bestiality (Leviticus 20:16)[7]

Having sex with your father’s wife (Leviticus 20:20)[8]

Having sex with your daughter-in-law (Leviticus 20:30)

Having incestual sex (Leviticus 20:17)

Marrying a woman and her daughter(Leviticus 20:14)[9]

Having sex with a woman who is menstruating (Leviticus 20:18)

Consuming blood (Genesis 9:4), Leviticus 17:10[10]

Eating a cheeseburger or anything that mixes meat and dairy (Exodus 23:19)

Sacrificing anything with yeast or honey (Leviticus 2:11)

Eating leavened bread (bread with yeast) during the Feast of Unleavened Bread (Exodus 12:15)

Eating fat (Leviticus 3:17)

Eating pork (Leviticus 11:7-8)

Waiting too long before consuming sacrifices (Leviticus 19:5-8)

Eating aquatic creatures lacking fins or scales (Deuteronomy 14:9-10)

Eating any meat not killed according to the kosher practice (Deuteronomy 12:21)

Eating peace offerings while ritually unclean (Leviticus 7:20)

Being a male who is not circumcised. (Genesis 17:14)

Trying to convert people to another religion (Deuteronomy 13:1-11, Deuteronomy 18:20)[11]

Worshiping idols (Exodus 22:20, Leviticus 20:1-5, Deuteronomy 17:2-7)

Practicing magic (Exodus 22:18)[12]

Blaspheming (Leviticus 24:14-16, 23)

Breaking the Sabbath (Exodus 31:14, Numbers 15:32-36)

Consulting a psychic or spiritualist (Leviticus 19:31)

Being a psychic, medium or spiritualist (Leviticus 20:27)[13]

Being a town that believes in another, non-YHWH god (Deuteronomy 13:12-15)[14]

Giving one of your descendants to Molech (Leviticus 20:2)[15]

Not being a priest and going near the tabernacle when it is being moved (Numbers 1:51)

Being a false prophet (Deuteronomy 13:5, Deuteronomy 18:20, Zechariah 13:2-3)

Performing any work on the Sabbath (Exodus 20:10)

Going to the temple in an unclean state (Numbers 19:13)

Engaging in ritual animal sacrifices other than at the temple (Leviticus 17:1-9)

Manufacturing anointing oil (Exodus 30:33)

WOW! Not much of a population left there Mr. Slanders, huh? You’d have probably found yourself guilty once or twice too, huh?


I couldn’t have said it better myself, even though you left out a “plethora” of other killing passages that are to be initiated, but thank you! It’s wonderful to see another as astute to biblical axioms as I am, praise!

“And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by EVERY WORD of God.” (Luke 4:4)

Who is ANY Christian to argue with Jesus, therefore He states with specificity that EVERY WORD, which included your very well thought out and revealing list, is to be followed, period!

“EVERY word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.“ (Proverbs 30:5)

Ralph Diaz is a high ranking official in Sacramento for CDCR and Warden Valz buddy that is why there is no justice.

Warden Valenzuela is held to higher standard then anyone else at CMC he should held accountable for his actions. I believe the CDCR disciplinary matrix is the same for all Correctional staff therefore they all should have fired. As the Warden he should lead by example. What would have happened if the inmate was allowed to parole and got out and killed another person. Luckily won’t be mowing Valz or Core’s grass anytime soon.

Sounds like a potention inmate is running the asylum.

Potential, not potention.

Warden and captain suspended 10 days, maybe 5,000 to 7,000 dollars. Lieutenant demoted, iam sure more than 12,000 a year for ???. Correctional officer fired, what 70,000 to 80,000

a year for ???????????????. A tap on the hand, a slap in the face and a big kick in the ass.

Core & Valenzuela are two of the most unethical, immoral, & dishonest employees @ CMC. They should both have been fired ! Typical, still being taken care of…wonder who they know @ the top of this department ?

Jennifer Core should have been fired years ago. She would call officers “trolls”. No respect for fellow staff and even less for inmates.

I’ve known Core for years. Worked those SVSP yards with her. The girl is nothing but heart. If she referred to an officer as a troll it would be because thats what they were. Perhaps your feelings were hurt at some point. As far as removing documents from a convicts file……that has been going on forever.

Removing documents from files has been going on forever?

Well, isn’t that nice to know?

Thanks for admitting illegal activity. Why not give up some names? If you knew it was going on then you’re just as guilty. Glad I never worked with you!

“Why not give up some names?” That says all I need to know about you. As far as being glad you never worked with me…likewise. But then I never spent much time in the snack bar. Retired Guy? Let me guess …..hurt your back.

Oh, come on Cossack!

If you know something illegal is happening, you have a responsibility to do something about it.

I don’t have any connection to CMC, but would hope the employees are not just criminals that haven’t been caught, unlike the men they’re there to guard.

When a public official does something of this nature where he violates the public trust. He or she should be fired and lose their pension. It is no wonder why people are losing their confidence in our government.