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Prison conversion is going along well

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As the District 2 supervisor, I have followed California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s conversion of Valley State Prison from a woman’s prison to a men’s prison very closely.

Our efforts to stop the conversion were not in vain, even though the state converted the prison. As a result of our efforts — those of my office and the City of Chowchilla — the state has been very careful about the inmate population selected to move into the facility. Valley State Prison is now considered a re-entry facility.

The inmates housed at VSP are all “programming,” which is to say they are actively working through programs offered to help get them ready to reenter society.

I recently spoke with Ron Davis, warden at VSP, and am confident he is on top of security at the facility. They sift out the high-risk inmates and have removed several from the prison population. They’re on top of contraband and gang activity.

The families of these types of inmates choose not to relocate into the area because of the short duration their men are incarcerated at VSP. Instead, they wait for their loved ones’ releases. As law dictates, all of these men are returned to the county where they were convicted when released.

Since the conversion began in October 2012, there have been two or three incidents inside VSP, all but one are accidents. There have been two inmates removed due to program violations — anyone who violates the program is out of VSP.

Because I had been very vocal about the conversion, and my office worked closely with the City of Chowchilla, I wanted to follow up on this issue.

David B. Rogers,
Madera County Supervisor, District 2


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