Humboldt County Civil Grand Jury Recommending Humboldt County Correctional Facility Invest More in Conservation (Fire) Camps for Inmates

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The Humboldt County Civil Grand Jury is recommending that the Humboldt County Correctional Facility and the California State Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation invest more Conservation (fire) Camps - firefighting - to reintegrate more inmates into society after they are released.


The detailed report focuses on the goal of reducing recidivism and providing meaningful productive jobs for recently released inmates, siting that the county has underutilized this resource.


According to a press release sent by Jim Glover, the grand jury foreperson, the report, “details a lengthy investigation into the relationship between Conservation Camp rehabilitation, the Humboldt County Correctional Facility and efforts to more successfully reintegrate inmates into society after release.”


The grand jury has also made recommendations to the California State Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation because Cal Fire depends on the services of inmates in the conservation camps throughout the year and especially during wildfire season.

Read the press release below and the grand jury’s report at the bottom of the post.


The initial investigative report of the 2019-2020 Civil Grand Jury has just been released as of May 26, 2020. This report takes an intensive look at Conservation Camps located in Humboldt County.

The report, which will be available online on the Civil Grand Jury reports page of humboldtgov.org, details a lengthy investigation into the relationship between Conservation Camp rehabilitation, the Humboldt County Correctional Facility and efforts to more successfully reintegrate inmates into society after release.

Following incarceration, the goal of reducing recidivism and providing meaningful and productive job prospects for inmates is the focus of the report.

Since Cal Fire depends on the services of inmates in the Conservation Camps throughout the year, but especially during often volatile fire conditions, recommendations to the California State Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation are included. Subsequent reports will be released over the balance of the Spring and early Summer.

See related PDF Angels_In_Orange-CC_Report.pdf

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