The inmate Men’s Advisory Council (MAC) at Wasco State Prison-Reception Center (WSP-RC) recently raised more than $1,000 for a charity that helps wounded veterans, reported Lt. Robert Mazuka, PIO at WSP.

On Oct. 27, the council partnered with Kentucky Fried Chicken of Delano to conduct an

Sgt. Major Jason Geis, of the Wounded Heroes Foundation, accepts a check from two inmates at the Wasco State Prison-Reception Center.

inmate luncheon to raise funds for the Wounded Heroes Foundation of Bakersfield.

The MAC raised $1,032.07, which surpassed all previous inmate fundraisers at WSP-RC.  The MAC sold KFC, as well as cake, to the general population inmates during this food sale.

Sgt. Major Jason Geis, representing the Wounded Heroes Foundation, was present for the fundraiser.  Geis spoke to the inmates involved with the fundraiser and answered their questions.  He accepted the donation from the MAC.

Inmate Giovani White, MAC chairman, said he learned about the foundation while watching local news.

“That is when I saw this great organization that was helping build homes for wounded brave service men and women returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan,” said.

Inmate Jesse Cot, MAC secretary, explained the council’s support for the foundation.

“We wanted these soldiers to know that all Americans, whether free or incarcerated, care about them in their time of need,” Cot said. 

The inmates participating in the food sale personally thanked Geis for his service and paid their respect to all those in the Armed Services.

Comings and goings

Anthony Lucero, 46, of Herald has been appointed deputy director of operations and programs for the Division of Juvenile Justice at CDCR. Lucero has been assistant chief of labor at the CDCR Office of Labor Relations since 2011. He has served in various positions at DJJ since 1988, including major, lieutenant, sergeant, administrator, treatment team supervisor, senior youth correctional counselor and youth correctional counselor. His latest position does not require Senate confirmation.
Daniel Stone, 48, of Folsom has been appointed director of the Division of Adult Parole at CDCR, where he has served since 2008. Stone has worked in numerous positions at CDCR since 1987, including regional parole administrator, associate director of DAPO, parole administrator, correctional counselor, correctional officer and parole agent I, II and III. His latest position requires Senate confirmation.


David Martin

On Nov. 9, Mule Creek State Prison officials were notified that Correctional Sgt. David Martin had died of a terminal illness.

Martin began his career with the CDCR at the Correctional Training Facility (CTF) in September 1996. In September 2002, he transferred to Mule Creek State Prison.

He was promoted to the rank of sergeant at MCSP in July 2007, where he remained until his death.