By Lt. Greg Crowe, AA/PIO
High Desert State Prison
The Facility A Criminal Gang Members Anonymous (CGA) group wanted to help the people who had been devastated by all the valley fires in late 2017. The CGA members and Inmate Leisure Time Activity Group (ILTAG) sponsor came up with the charity drive idea and found a nonprofit, the Interfaith Shelter Network (IFSN).
High Desert State Prison (HDSP) Warden M. Eliot Spearman approved the population to donate hygiene items and money to IFSN. Without any personal benefit to the inmates, Facilities A and B donated six large boxes of new unopened hygiene items and the entire population of HDSP also donated $750 from their trust accounts. On May 17, when two IFSN staff members came to receive the check and boxes of donated items, they were overwhelmed with the response from the inmate population.
“Staff at HDSP set the bar of expectations for our offenders in many different areas on a daily basis. The structure we bring to our offenders is slowly softening their hearts, enabling them to help people throughout California who suffered loss due to the devastating fires last year. My staff amaze me in the different ways they reinforce restorative justice within our offenders,” said Warden Spearman.