Psychologist recovering from inmate attack

Lancaster State PrisonLANCASTER – A contract psychologist suffered injuries to her head, a broken nose, and hemorrhaging behind her left eye after she was attacked by an inmate this morning (June 18) at the California State Prison in Lancaster, authorities said.

At approximately 8:30 a.m., the psychologist was conducting rounds in one of the institution’s housing facilities when 37-year-old inmate Jacob Marquez repeatedly punched the psychologist in her face, according to Lt. Jackie Galapon.

One responding officer sustained an injury to her leg and hand during the incident, and another responding officer sustained cuts and bruises to his right hand, Galapon stated.

Marquez was eventually subdued and then transported to the Administrative Segregation Unit. The psychologist was taken to an area hospital for treatment of her injuries.

The matter will be referred to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution, according to Galapon.

Marquez was committed to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on September 3, 2004 to serve a 20-year sentence for second-degree robbery.

  13 comments for “Psychologist recovering from inmate attack

  1. irritated
    June 24, 2013 at 7:38 am

    Everyone has an opinion and I say whatever. What I want to know is how is the victim. We can sit here and analyze the attacker until we are blue in the face but what good will that do. Let’s all just worry about the psychologist, is she OK. Is she recovering? More about her would be nice.

  2. Nancy P
    June 23, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    “The veil of mental illness”, is what keeps such a large number of inmates high…they claim all types of ailments so they can escape reality of jail, into the influence of drugs. Statics then report on the large number of mentally ill people in prisons. The numbers are made up number based on a large group of prisoners being given drugs under the guise of treatment. My heart goes out to this Dr. She should have never been let out of the sight of guards. I understand this happened during a “sesson”. However, the guards should have had eyes on her at all times or he should have been shackled due to his diagnosis and lack meds.

  3. Ms K.
    June 23, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    I Second that emotion..getting rid of people…or chalking them up to lost causes….( FYI its chalking not choking)…isn’t solving anything but satisfying an ego that is clearly demonstrated by yourself. I do however have a question for you, if you would be so kind to answer when you enrolled or joined the military , did you make certain you were defending ONLY THE MENTALLY STABLE PEOPLE OF OUR COUNTRY?I mean you WERE given the opportunity to choose what kind of AMERICANS you fought for ….as to not be confused with the soldiers who fought and fight for All AMERICANS…right?….by the way..Thank You for your services….always appreciated. Ms.K Martinez

  4. Ms K.
    June 23, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    so Mr. Richards….you see the mentally ill use their disability as an excuse to get out of trouble?…do u then think that it would be a better idea to just have one set of rules to go by regardless of the mental illness of the person, and go strictly by the crime committed?…then if w
    e both get a speeding ticket….lets say…and the punishment is 1000 $…you were doing 55 in 45 .you would sit well with paying that knowing that i on the other hand was going 80 in the same place…?

  5. Ms K.
    June 23, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    with all do respect mr Richards…you feel the mentally ill use their illness to get them out of trouble do you think we should all go by one set of rules too? regardless of our mental stability is? and be punished by the crime alone?

  6. Family Member
    June 21, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    I am a family member to Jacob Marquez who by the way who diagonsis is Schizophrenia at the age of 17 years old. I believe he is on no medication at this time but the papers did not tell you this. I feel bad and sorry that this happen to this Psychologist. I hope that this facility is aware that Jacob Marquez is a Mental Patient as well.

    • Thomas
      June 23, 2013 at 1:17 pm

      He sounds like a menace to society and should be treated as such

      • Anonymous
        June 23, 2013 at 2:24 pm

        Why would he be treated like menace? no matter what the person is going through you shouldn’t set them apart. im pretty sure the facility is aware every facility needs to be aware if any of there inmates have a disorder, and if he has no medication i believe that isnt his fault he cant simply be like ” ill be back im out of medication” the facility needs to provide it. but if he is being provided but he just isnt taking it then that is a different story. i hope everything turns out well for the psychologist and as well for jacbo.!

  7. nadia
    June 20, 2013 at 11:47 am

    This is just one in thousands that get attacked, harassed, etc. The prison is a cesspool and it includes many that are employed there as well.
    Don’t you wonder how in the world are the guards control the inmates? The guards are highly outnumbered yet manage to keep the peace as far as we really know.
    The regular people, like the psychologist, are placed in very dangerous situations and with very crazy inmate’s. It only takes 1 second for an inmate to act up. I hope that this person survives, but I’m sure they have a good lawsuit in that they were vulnerable and not kept safe.
    So many rotting bodies are incarcerated and it costs a whole lot per inmate to keep them locked up. More money is spent on prisons yet what for…more crime.

  8. A. Richards
    June 20, 2013 at 8:24 am

    Yeah, that is an inmate we need to keep paying for, why does this country feel the need to let people like that live, no use to society….. They value no life we shouldn’t value theirs….. Need to start clearing out the prisons and the whole mental ill thing to justify a crime and give a reason for what they did…. They will never be useful to society so just get rid of them…. And yes, I would feelmthensame if it was a family member of mine that was the criminal….. Chock it up as a lost cause!

    • k martinez
      June 23, 2013 at 2:19 am

      You know thats pretty harsh to say that mentally ill people are a lost cause in your words….that is…i mean do you even know what mentally ill means?…it isnt just the ones that have an episode as what has clearly happenned here…do u even know how mentally ill people became ill? or do u thnk they were all born this way? did you even put thought to the fact that an average member of society living normal working everyday can one day become traumatized from some out of the blue event and now boom..just like that your now mentally ill..
      .for the rest of your life….should we then write YOU OFF AS A LOST CAUSE???Or do u have a sudden change of heart/? maybe nextime you shouldnt be so quick to speak before allowing the thinking process to finish….

      • A. Richards
        June 23, 2013 at 9:16 am

        Worked in the field for over 10 years…. And yes, I know what ment it means…. I see the leaches of society day in and day out…… And I see the veil of mental illness get people out of trouble all the time so they only continue to do it forever…. I see then never work a single day at a job but they collect a full social security disability check for the rest of their lives, they get free or subsidized housing, EBT… And I sit back and listen to them talk about what they just got, what placed are easy to shop lift at…. I know how some of them became mentally ill, know how some where born with it because their parent knew their partner was seriously mentally ill but had a kid with them anyways and that same parent sits around expecting for society to pay her, and pay for her kid….. And finally, if something happens to me or a family member……. Makes us that way, with no way to recover…. Yes, lost cause….. And no, I do not care to stay that way with a chance that some new technology might “save” me in the future….. I know exactly what I am saying and after serving in the military….. I have seen mental illness their too and what effects it has in the service…. So k Martinez… Their is your response…. I do not just type out off the cuff remarks……

        • Anonymous
          June 23, 2013 at 2:33 pm

          you dont know if they value life A.richards, and please dont say to me that you worked in the fields i already read it. i currently work in the fields and i see mentally ill people day in and day out that i go to work but i dont think we should just “get rid of them”. half of these people that are mentally ill value life no matter what is going on or what people say about them. i somewhat agree with your EBT statement that they can take advantage of it but that is half of society if you really think about it not only people that are mentally ill, you say a few things that dont only talk about mentally ill patients but also half of the sane people in the world. i do too know what im saying i dont serve military but i have seen mentally ill, i have had issues with some like i said i see them day in and day out, i know and sometimes hear there stories i wont ever understand but i could always talk with them. so getting rid of them wont solve anything.

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