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The Menendez Brothers Are Now Housed in the Same California Prison

Erik and Lyle Menendez are serving life sentences for killing their parents in 1989.
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Lyle and Erik Menendez, the two brothers convicted of murdering their mother and father, Kitty and Jose Menendez, in their Beverly Hills mansion in 1989, are now housed in the same California prison.

On February 22, 50-year-old Joseph Lyle Menendez was transferred from Mule Creek State Prison in Ione, California to the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego, says Terry Thornton, deputy press secretary at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

A February 14 message attributed to Lyle and posted on the brothers' unverified Facebook page stated that after being separated for almost 22 years, the brothers would be reunited at Erik's San Diego prison.

Dear Friends, I would like to wish everyone a Happy Valentines’ Day. I adore my wife today more than I ever have...

Posted by Lyle Menendez on Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Thornton said that the brothers had asked to serve their sentences at the same facility previously, and it was determined at a classification hearing for Lyle earlier this month that "there was no reason that they could not be housed at the same institution."

Thornton said it "remains to be seen," however, whether the brothers will be permitted to see each other. "They're in the same prison but they're in different facilities, and any decision to house them in the same facility or same unit or same cell has not been made yet," she said.


The state of California inmate locator confirms that both brothers are now housed at the same prison

Thornton said that both Menendez brothers are classified as "level 2" or "medium-custody" inmates serving life sentences without parole. The R.J. Donovan Correctional Facility has all four levels of CDCR inmates, and Thornton explained that it's possible for inmates' levels to decrease through good behavior and participation in rehabilitation programs.

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"There are a lot of case factors that go into deciding where an inmate is to be housed," Thornton explained: "Any kind of family issues, any programs the offender might be eligible for, what the offender needs in terms of educational programs—all of these factors, as well as others, are taken into consideration."

So yes...... It is the end of the world as we know it. HUGE CHANGES FOR THIS FAMILY! As of yesterday, Lyle is now a...

Posted by Lyle Menendez on Friday, February 23, 2018

Erik, Thornton said, is now classified as being on a "sensitive needs yard" while Joseph Lyle is on a "general population yard at this time." A decision to transfer one to the other's yard could be made at a classification hearing, she said, which takes place at least once a year for each inmate. 

The Steeple Times was the first outlet to report on Lyle's transfer.

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