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Grand jury gives prison camp glowing report

The Nevada County Grand Jury gave the Washington Ridge Conservation Camp for state prisoners a glowing report Tuesday.

“Unlike some other prison programs, the camp programs provide significant benefits to the inmates and taxpayers of California” through wildfire fighting and camp maintenance, the report said.

The camp along Highway 20 between Nevada City and the town of Washington has 100 screened prisoners from the low-security California Correctional Center in Susanville. The prisoners learn job skills at the camp and cannot have a history of escape, arson, sex offenses or have a high potential for violence.



Grand Jury members visited Washington Ridge Conservation Camp No. 44 in October of 2006. They found inmates who earn between $1.45 and $3.95 per day for their labor at the camp. They also receive firefighter training and earn an additional $1 per hour while fighting blazes.

The Grand Jury commended state correctional leaders and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection for successfully running the camp.




“The grounds were beautifully maintained and resembled a park-like setting,” the report concluded.

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To contact Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail davem@the union.com or call 477-4237.


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