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 during the month of October in observance of Domestic Awareness month.
During 2015, CRC staff confiscated over 1,200 cellular phones from inmates. Cell phones are identified and logged by the Investigative Services Unit and prepared for donation.
October has been observed as the Domestic Violence Awareness month since 1995. The effects of domestic violence can be long-lasting. Based on reports from 10 countries, between 55 and 95 percent of women who were physically abused by their partners never contacted non-governmental organizations, shelters or the police for help.
“The first thing taken from victims is their life line and ability to communicate,” said Debbie Anderson, supervisor for Riverside County Family Justice Center. “We sneak the phones to the victims so they can call 911. We are thankful for being selected again to receive the donation from CRC.”
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 each. The phones are used to help domestic violence and sexual assault victims.
“A lot of our inmates are incarcerated for domestic violence and this is just one of the ways the inmate population can give back to the victims,” said Warden Cynthia Y. Tampkins.