Community Involvement, Victim & Survivor Rights & Services

Wasco State Prison staff raise $1,500 for Kern County crime victims

Prison staff donate a check to benefit Kern County crime victims.
From left are Assistant District Attorney Andrea Kohler, WSP-RC Warden (A) Heather Shirley, Kern County District Attorney Cynthia Zimmer, CRM Claudia Saldana, and Acting Director of the Kern County Family Justice Center Elizabeth Ruelas during the check presentation at Wasco State Prison-Reception Center on April 22.

Wasco State Prison-Reception Center (WSP-RC) staff rolled up their sleeves and opened their wallets in support of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. On April 20, they held a taco food sale to raise funds for the Kern County Family Justice Center Foundation, serving crime victims. Managed by the Kern County District Attorney’s Office, the foundation operates in communities throughout Kern County.

The Kern County foundation imagines a future in which the needs of crime victims are met, children are protected, violence fades, batterers are held accountable, and families heal and thrive. To help, WSP-RC Investigative Services Unit (ISU) staff along with staff from the Community Resource Manager’s (CRM) Office, cooked street tacos for the institution’s staff.

On April 22, WSP-RC Warden (A) Heather Shirley and CRM Claudia Saldana presented Kern County District Attorney (DA) Cynthia Zimmer with a $1,500 donation. Also attending the donation presentation was Assistant DA Andrea Kohler and Acting Director of the Kern County Family Justice Center Elizabeth Ruelas.

DA Zimmer explained this donation will go a long way toward the upcoming opening of an additional Kern County Family Justice Center serving the communities of Lamont and Arvin.

WSP-RC staff are proud to come together during this important week to help bring awareness to all victims of crimes, especially those most vulnerable, such as children.

“It is a pleasure to support a worthy cause whose main focus is the well-being of families and children who are victims or exposed to crimes that can have long lasting impacts on their lives,” said prison staff organizers.

Story by Lt. J. Farley.

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