CCC, HDSP arrange for confiscated cell phones to go to military

By Lt. Marc Jarrett/ PIO / CCC

On Oct. 17, California Correctional Center (CCC) Warden (A), R. L. Gower and High Desert State Prison (HDSP) Chief Deputy Warden, Fred Foulk presented the Soaring Eagle Blue Star Moms with 1,629 cellular phones.

Shannon Martin, Darla Brown, and Christine Boyd represented the Soaring Eagle Blue Star Moms.  The Soaring Eagle Blue Star Moms are paying over $200 in shipping cost to send the confiscated cellular phones to Cell Phones for Soldiers (CPFS).

CPFS provides free talk time to our deployed soldiers by recycling the cellular phones and using the funds to purchase prepaid calling cards.  On an average, 13,000 of the cards are mailed to military personnel overseas each week.

Founded in 2004, CPFS is a non-profit organization and has provided more than 150 million minutes of free talk time to U.S. military personnel.

Over the last couple of years, CCC and HDSP’s staff have joined forces in confiscating contraband cellular phones from the inmate population. The cellular phones threaten the safety and security of the staff and community.

Cellular phones have become a popular and dangerous contraband item among the inmate population. The donated cellular phones are contraband that were confiscated from inmates at CCC and HDSP, as well as from inmates located in the 18 Northern California Fire Camps.

CCC’s and HDSP’s staffs not only put a bid dent in a dangerous situation, but also were to turn put the cell phones to good use.

Anyone wishing to donate cellular phones may contact CPFS directly on-line at or call (800) 426-1031.

Inspector gives CCI high marks for health care

Another CDCR prison has received high marks for its medical care.

Recently, the Office of the Inspector General reported that the California Correctional Institution (CCI) in Tehachapi earned an overall score of 85.3 percent in the latest inspection of its health care services, facilities and staffing.

Scores of 85 percent and above are considered to be in the top tier (“high adherence”).


Michael Groza

On Oct. 29, Folsom State Prison officials were notified that Correctional Officer Michael Groza had passed away.

Mr. Groza began his career with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and assigned to Folsom State Prison on Aug., 1994.