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Fenner Canyon Conservation Camp Inmate Death is Under Investigation

Valyermo, CA – California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and CAL FIRE officials are investigating theillness and subsequent death of a conservation camp inmate.

Jimmy Randolph, 44, passed away on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 12:30 p.m. at DesertRegional Hospitalin Palm Springs, California.  His family was at his bedside. The announcement of an official cause of death is pending the results of an autopsy. 
Randolph was a camp laborer housed at theFenner Canyon Conservation Camp (CC#41).  Prior to becoming ill on Saturday morning, August 18, 2012, Randolph had been assigned to theBuck Fire in Hemet, California. 
Randolph entered the CDCR on July 20, 2005 from Los Angeles County, Californiato serve an 8 year sentence for petty theft with priors.  He was scheduled to parole in October 2012.
Fenner Canyon Conservation Camp currently houses less than 150 minimum security inmates.   The camp’s primary mission is to provide inmate fire crews to CAL FIRE for fire suppression, pre-fire and hazardous fuel reduction projects in Los Angeles, Kern and San Bernardino Counties. 

August 19, 2012
Lt. L. A. von Savoye
(209) 984-5291 ext. 5499