Community Involvement, Victim & Survivor Rights & Services

WSP‑RC raises $1,500 for Kern 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 to help Kern County crime victims. The efforts were part 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:

  • needs of crime victims are met
  • children are protected
  • violence fades
  • batterers are held accountable
  • and families heal and thrive.

To help, the Investigative Services Unit, along with the Community Resource Manager’s (CRM) Office, cooked street tacos for staff.

On April 22, Warden (A) Heather Shirley and CRM Claudia Saldana presented a $1,500 donation to the county District Attorney.

Also attending the donation presentation was Assistant DA Andrea Kohler and Acting Director of the Kern County Family Justice Center Elizabeth Ruelas.

DA Zimmer said the funds will go toward an additional 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 cause focusing on the well-being of families and children who are victims,” said prison organizers.

Story by Lt. J. Farley.

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