Domestic violence, sex assault victims to receive refurbished phones
By Lt. Sarah Watson, AA/Public Information Officer
California Rehabilitation Center
The California Rehabilitation Center (CRC) donated 600 cellular phones to Riverside County Family Justice Center in April, in honor of Victims Awareness month.
Each year, CRC’s staff confiscates over 1,000 cellular phones from inmates. Cell phones are identified and logged by the Investigative Services Unit and prepared for donation.
Riverside County Family Justice Center Supervisor Debbie Anderson said the phones would be put to good use.
“We are thankful for being selected to receive the donation today from CRC, Warden and staff,” she said.
A collection of cell phones is done yearly by the Riverside County Family Justice Center in partnership with Verizon’s Hopeline Project. The phones are delivered to Verizon each October in conjunction with Domestic Violence Awareness month.
Verizon recycles the phones and, in turn, gives the Riverside County Family Justice Center new cell phones with 3,000 prepaid minutes to distribute. The phones are used to help domestic violence and sexual assault victims. Often, the victim’s phone is destroyed or taken during the crime or the victim may have to flee their home without a phone.
“It is an honor to assist the Riverside County Family Justice Center in their efforts to help victims gain some semblance of normalcy in their lives,” said Warden Cynthia Y. Tampkins.