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Sierra Conservation Center shooting team
wins top honors


By Dana Simas
Public Information Officer
The Crisis Response Team from CDCR’s Sierra Conservation Center’s (SCC) recently swept other law enforcement agencies and gun clubs for the second year in a row at the third annual Tuolumne County Shoot-Off.
The event, hosted by the Mother Lode Gun Club, included such events as the action pistol, bulls-eye pistol, and rifle competitions. The SCC Crisis Response Team (CRT) swept the competition in both the action pistol and the bull’s-eye pistol events.
“The action pistol event is our bread and butter,” said Correctional Officer Jason Waddell, who led the CRT to victory.
In the action pistol event, shooters first must hit four steel targets and then, while running and reloading, move to the next box to shoot a target that is holding a hostage.
Once the hostage-taker has been hit the shooter again runs and reloads and fires at a spinning target of four steel plates. In this timed-event, the faster the shooter moves and the more accurate the shots, the more points are earned.
In the bull’s-eye pistol, the shooter must stand approximately 10 yards from a paper plate with a bull’s-eye in the middle. The shooter must not only hit the plate but the shot must be made one-handed.
The third event is the rifle competition. Shooters fire 10 rounds each in three different positions from 100 yards. First is standing, second is sitting, and the third is firing in the prone position. In this event, there is a timed and an untimed round.
SCC’s team smashed the competition and took the victory for its second year in a row.
The four-member team is composed of Correctional Officers Jason Waddell, Luke Bunnel, Garrett Dean and Jerad Roscelli. Combined, they represent more than 36 years of CDCR experience.
In second place was the California Grizzlies Junior Rifle Team; third place went to the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office; fourth, the California Highway Patrol; and fifth the Tuolumne County Police Explorers.
To prepare for the event, the CRT practices at the gun range regularly and works to keep up the 90 percent accuracy needed to pass the CDCR Academy.
Comings and goings
Nate Elam, health care CEO of California Health Care Facility Stockton, is leaving California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS) to accept a position with a private health care organization.
Larry Fong, current health care CEO for Mule Creek State Prison and Sierra Conservation Camp, will serve as acting CEO for CHCF
Stockton effective Oct. 15.
Fong brings more than 37 years of extensive experience managing both public and
private health-care facilities. Fong joined CCHCS in January 2010 as health care
CEO of Deuel Vocational Institute in Tracy.
Terri Weinholdt will serve as acting CEO at MCSP and SCC.
California ID pilot project for parolees a success
By California Prison Industry Authority Staff
In 2010, the California Prison Industry Authority (CALPIA) and the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) collaborated to administer the California Identification Pilot Project for one year.
More than 8,000 California identification cards were distributed to the paroling population of nine institutions during the pilot period.
Now that the pilot program has been completed and has shown itself to be highly successful, CALPIA and DMV are looking to make the program a permanent part of efforts to help those paroling out of state prisons.
Valid identification is absolutely necessary for successful re-entry steps, such as housing, banking and employment. By expanding this pilot program, more offenders within three to six months of parole can use this program to be better equipped for re-entry into society.

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