Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Former Prison Break Actor in Prison for California DUI

California DUI / criminal defense news

May 21, 2008

Inmate Garrison was transferred to the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in Corcoran (CSATF). It is the same prison Robert Downey Jr. was housed in. After reports of good behavior and a possible early release, the former Prison Break actor was transferred from a medium-security facility to tougher digs, his fifth new home since being locked up for vehicular manslaughter.

Garrison, called a "model inmate" by a prison insider, was recently moved from Golden State Correctional Facility near Bakersfield, Cailf., to the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility in Corcoran, a medium/maximum-security lockup adjacent to Corcoran State Prison, which is currently home to Charles Manson and Bobby Kennedy assassin Sirhan Sirhan.

Usually if you are in a medium security facility with 600 inmates, you don't get moved to a place that's high security with 6,000 guys, especially Corcoran—those are violent guys, mostly doing time for murder.

SATF does have accommodations ranging from open dormitories to more isolated confines for maximum-security prisoners who need protection from fellow inmates.

Robert Downey Jr. also did his drugs-related time there, so obviously not all of the prison is meant for the most hardened criminals. Downey was locked up in August 1999 and released a year later after serving a third of his sentence for parole violation.

Garrison pleaded guilty last May to felony vehicular manslaughter stemming from a DUI crash that killed one of his passengers, a 17-year-old Beverly Hills High School student.

He was sentenced in October to 40 months in jail but could be out in 20 once credit for time served and good behavior is factored in, California DUI / criminal defense lawyers say.