Governor Gavin Newsom, honored High Desert State Prison Correctional Officer Richard Bianchi, who died in the line of duty.

Correctional Officer, Richard Bianchi, 53, died on June 25th.

In a press statement the Governor Newsom said:

“Jennifer and I offer our deepest condolences to the family, friends, and co-workers of Correctional Officer Richard Bianchi.

“As they mourn the loss of this dedicated officer.

“He will be remembered as a consummate professional who selflessly carried out his duties to protect the public

“And we are grateful for his years of service to the people of California.”

Officer Bianchi died in a single-vehicle crash while on his way to provide custody coverage at a Redding-area hospital.

The California Highway Patrol responded to the crash on Highway 44 and found Officer Bianchi’s overturned state vehicle.

He died on the spot.

The incident was being investigated.

Officer Bianchi had served in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation since 2010.

He was with the High Desert State Prison family since 2011.


He is survived by his wife and two adult children.

In honor of Officer Bianchi, Capitol flags will be flown at half-staff, said the statement.

Governor Grants Pardons And Commutations

Meanwhile, Governor Newsom announced that he has granted 13 pardons and 21 commutations.

California Constitution gives the Governor the authority to grant executive clemency, including in the form of a pardon or commutation.

A clemency grant recognizes a person’s subsequent efforts in self-development. It does not forgive or minimize the harm caused by the crime, said the statement.

A pardon may remove counterproductive barriers to employment and public service, restore civic rights and responsibilities.

And prevent unjust collateral consequences of a conviction, such as deportation and permanent family separation.

On the other hand, a pardon does not expunge or erase a conviction, it added.

So far, Governor Newsom has granted a total of 41 pardons and 65 commutations.


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