CDCR

Conservation (Fire) Camps

Parole Agents at a meeting

Facts and figures

Total Staff (CDCR) 2009: 11           
Total Staffing (CAL-FIRE/LAC) 2009: 13
Total # Inmates (as of 12/31/2009): 144

Camp Products

Canvas Shop

Community service projects

Total number of projects 2009 Completed:
 #130 / 2,159,280 hours

Total # projects 2010 (Estimated): 
100,000 man-hours   

Project Descriptions:

1. Fish & Game – Public Services

2. BLM:  Fire Defense Improvements

3. Local Government:  Public Recreation

4. Cal Trans:  Public Service

Welcome to Antelope Conservation Camp #25

P.O. Box 270160, Susanville, CA  96127
PHONE (530) 257-2181, extension 4224

 

CDCR Camp Staff              
H. Anglea, Lt.

CAL FIRE Staff
J. Barry, Division Chief

 

Camp History

The Antelope Conservation Camp 25 was open in February 1963.  The camp is jointly operated by California Department of Corrections (CDC) and the California Department of Forestry and Fire protection (CDF). The camp’s primary mission is to provide inmate fire areas for fire suppression activities in the Lassen Modoc Ranger Unit, and the Plumas County areas. In addition to fire suppression, inmates hand crews provide a work force for conservation and community services projects in the local area.  THE in-camp project is a California Department of Forestry and fire protection (CDF) Canvas Shop which produces web gear for fire fighters which is provided to crews and stuff throughout the State.
The California Department of Corrections (CDC) is responsible for the supervision, care, and discipline of the inmates. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CDF) maintains the camp, supervises the work of inmate fire crews, and is and is responsible for custody of the inmates while on their daily CDF project activities. CDC staff may accompany the inmate fire crews when they respond out of the local area to provide for their care and custody when not on emergency assignments to fires and flood. Inmates must have 24 hour a day direct supervision while on projects and while assigned to emergency incidents.

Inmate Programs

Inmates are paid for their work.  The majority are laborers who receive $1.45 per day for their work. Skilled inmates may warn up to $2.56 per day. Skilled inmate includes mechanics, Clerks, cooks, plumbers, welders, carpenter, and electricians. While assigned to fighting fires, inmates may earn $1.00 per hour. Inmate may purchase items such as cosmetics, correspondence materials and snacks from the camp canteen.  Inmates also participate in hobby craft and other leisure time activities during their off work hours.  Visiting is conducted during the weekends. Families can bring a picnic lunch during visits.  Spiritual services are provided by community volunteers. Inmate quickly learns that life at a conservation camp is more desirable than behind the walls of a prison and therefore, conducts themselves accordingly.

 

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