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Wasco, CA

Prison- Punishment or Rehabilitation

Oh and before I forget unless the inmate is a murderer, then yes its for punishment. As far as Rehab goes, don't make me laugh, there isn't any. Gray Davis our former Governor took away many programs within the prison system that would have helped many not return to prison. The only thing that our current Governor has done is return exericise equipment to some prisons. Whoopie. Return class's that would help people with no skills, or even a high school diploma. Without skills to help them go forward in life, this only creates the "revolving door effect" which puts all of us that are taxpayers in the same damn boat, of paying and paying taxes to run the prisons.  (Jul 28, 2010 | post #3)

Wasco, CA

Prison- Punishment or Rehabilitation

What a topic to put here. CA is a prison state. MOre prisons, mean more inmates, even if the crime committed is so weak, what the hell, send them to our overcrowded prisons. The Governor came up with a plan to ship the inmates in CA to other out of state prisons which in reality costs CA more. Example Wasco Reception State prison was designed to hold 2495 inmates, the population currently is close to 8000 people all crammed together which causes more stress and tension not only with the inmates in reception or mainline, but the staff as well. In order for CA to survive the mess it's in I believe is to shut down San Quentin the oldest open prison in CA and make it into a museum , a state park, and a ferry. As orginally offered by San Fransisco several yrs ago, but the state refused their offer. Currently all prisons in the Valley of CA, Kern, Salinas, Soledad, CCF's, Wasco and CMC are infected by tainted water causing E-coli in the drinking water. Does our state do anything about it? Hell no. Its a money issue. E-coli, we all have that bacteria in our own bodies however when induced with it through drinking water that is unstable, causes severe GI problems both upper and lower. It can cause skin rashes to appear, and in some case's death. Depending on ones immune system. Healthly adults are not effected,but inmates that have drug related issues such as Hep C or Aids, are more likely to suffer the effects of E-coli. Imagine being in a prison with 14 toilets and 300 people that have to use them. Most prisons are filthly, and break state laws pertaining to health and safety laws. But bet your money our state will outright lie and say there isn't a problem. If there wasn't a problem then there wouldn't be forums such as this. Ask around. You would be surprised. As far as inmate health care goes, the majority of people believe that inmates get better care then those of us on the outside. Really? Why on earth would a OBGYN work in a all male prison? What the hell can he do? Our system is terribly screwed up, and trying to fix the problem is impossible. Taking the illegals out of our system I believe and deporting them back to their own countries to serve the times for the crimes that they have committed here, may be an answer to free up some of the space in our overcrowded prisons. Or releasing non violent inmates back into society with rehab centers to help them adjust. They just don't care. The revolving door effect is great. Even our CA state parole departments are screwed up. You tell me, what would you do to change the way our prisons are run? The CCPOA here in CA is a briding tool to use to gain more control over ca state prisons. Just look at it this way, when our Govenor was elected to office several yrs ago, shortly after old Arnie boy won, he went to Hawaii, and who was there too? The CCPOA of Ca, how interesting. And the Governor stated as a promise to CA that no more prisons would be built, yet there are two in the works. The Governor of CA is not for the people of CA he is for himself.  (Jul 28, 2010 | post #2)

Wasco, CA

Don't Drink the Water at Wasco State Prison

If he is in reception, call the prison directly and ask to speak to someone in records. They can give you his bed #, CDC # if he is new, his dorm and mailing address. Mail takes two weeks for him to get it, and vice versa. I was thinking of sending my hubby 20 books of stamps so he could trade for canteen stuff. I hope to hear from him this week.  (Jul 28, 2010 | post #7)

Wasco, CA

Don't Drink the Water at Wasco State Prison

The state water community doesn't seem to understand that E-coli in the water is very dangerous. I have only gotten one letter from my husband since he went to Wasco. He's in reception and I imagine will be there till he paroles in Nov I hope......Once he gets out Im taking him to a doctor here in our county and getting him a complete check up. Ca is one messy state. Maybe the Governor of CA would like to drink water tainted with E-coli!  (Jul 28, 2010 | post #6)

Wasco, CA

Don't Drink the Water at Wasco State Prison

I got a letter from my husband who said that the water at WSPRC had E-coli in it. Wasco is in a farming community just outside of Kern County. This is horrible, as a retired nurse, E-coli although we have it in our bodies naturally, but drinking it is far worse. It can cause lower GI problems if not corrected. Our STATE Prisons all over the Valley have this problem, and the STATE doesn't give a damn! Even their own staff have become sicken by this. E-coli can cause rashes and death if not treated. Damn this STATE!  (Jul 26, 2010 | post #1)