Friday, October 25, 2013

100 San Diego County Offenders Join the CDCR Conservation Camp Program

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and San Diego County finalized a contract earlier this month that will allow the county to house some of its inmates in the state’s fire camps.

“This agreement with San Diego County is a win for everyone,” CDCR Secretary Jeff Beard said. “Housing county offenders in conservation camps will provide additional space to the county, contribute to the state’s trained firefighting workforce, protect public safety and provide rehabilitation.”

Up to 100 San Diego County offenders will join the approximately 4,000 other inmates participating in CDCR’s Conservation Camp program. Since 1946, able-bodied inmates in the program have helped with fire suppression and other emergencies, such as floods and earthquakes. Only low-level offenders, both male and female, may participate.

According to the contract, San Diego County will pay the state $46.19 per inmate per day, which covers housing and supervision costs by CDCR as well as the costs of training by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention (CAL FIRE). CDCR jointly manages 39 adult and juvenile camps with CAL FIRE and five adult camps with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

In an average year, the fire crews provide more than 2.5 million hours of emergency response work and save taxpayers more than $100 million annually. The crews are available year-round and respond to wildfires, floods, heavy snows, search and rescue operations, earthquakes and other emergencies.

By OPEC Staff

Monday, October 21, 2013

Three Judge Court Extends Deadlines

The United States District Courts composed of Three Judges for the Eastern and Northern District Court recently ordered the parties in the Ralph Coleman, et al., v. Edmund G. Brown Jr., et al., and Marciano Plata, et al., v. Edmund G. Brown Jr., et al., to a meet-and-confer process. The deadline to report on the informal and confidential process facilitated by Honorable Peter Siggins is extended to November 18, 2013.

The deadline was also extended to achieve the Three Judge Court ordered reduction in prison population to 137.5 percent capacity by February 24, 2014.  For additional information or a copy of the court order, please call Albert Rivas at (916) 324-6508 or email