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California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Investigating Inmate Death as a Homicide

CORCORAN – Officials at the Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison, Corcoran (SATF) are investigating the June 10, 2020, death of 64-year-old inmate Danny Roman as a homicide.

On Wednesday at 10:44 a.m., correctional officers responded when two inmates began assaulting Roman. Staff immediately gave orders to stop and inmates Raul Alvarado and Edward Cisneros were placed in restraints. 

Officers immediately began life-saving measures on Roman and 911 was called. Medical assistance continued as Roman was transported to the prison’s medical facility. Roman sustained multiple stab wounds to his body and face. At 11:11 a.m. a doctor pronounced Roman deceased.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation received Roman from Los Angeles County on Jan. 11, 1985.  He was sentenced to life without parole for first-degree murder.Cisneros, 31, and Alvarado, 47, were placed in segregated housing pending an investigation. Two stabbing weapons were recovered from the crime scene.

The Kings County District Attorney’s Office is assisting SATF’s Investigative Services Unit. The Office of the Inspector General has been notified.

Cisneros was received from San Bernardino County on May 28, 2013. He was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole for attempted first-degree murder.

Alvarado was received from Los Angeles County on Feb. 15, 1994. He was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole for second-degree murder.

SATF opened in 1997 and has 1,921 employees. It houses and 4,875 minimum-, medium-, maximum-, and high-security custody inmates. The prison provides inmates with work, vocational, academic, educational, self-help, religious and other rehabilitative programs and has a fully licensed correctional treatment center.


Contact: Terri Hardy (916) 307-0180

inmate Danny Roman
Inmate Edward Cisneros
inmate Raul Alvarado