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Folsom Community Correctional Facility

    On September 14, 1998, the 1998-1999 Sacramento County Grand Jury toured the Folsom Community Correctional Facility, located at 570 East Natomas St., Folsom.

    Background

    Folsom Community Correctional Facility (FCCF) occupies land owned by the California Department of Corrections and is contiguous with California State Prison, Represa. The buildings are owned by the City of Folsom and the city operates the facility. The rationale for this community correctional facility is to provide inmates a secure environment at less cost than incarceration in the California state prison system.

    The Grand Jury was informed that FCCF inmates must be physically able to work. Most inmates are classified as minimal security risk; their sentences are generally 18 months or less. Prisoners transferred to the FCCF must meet these standards and be approved by the facility director. This facility was first used as a return-to-custody facility for parole violators, but its scope has expanded and it now receives prison inmates from around the state; the majority are transferred from San Quentin Prison. The facility, which has 430 inmates beds, was not full at the time of the Grand Jury`s visit. There are 72 staff, including 51 officers.

    Most FCCF inmates work at the Correctional Resource Recovery Facility (CRRF), located adjacent to FCCF. The CRRF is operated jointly by the City of Folsom and the Prison Industry Authority on 15.5 acres, with 3.5 acres dedicated to a materials recovery operation. Approximately 100 tons of solid waste from the City of Folsom are processed daily at the CRRF. The CRRF is self-supporting and provides productive work for inmates, facilitates a sentence-reduction program based on the inmates' work performance, and provides a method for them to earn modest wages which can be used for either victim restitution or family support.

    Assembly Bill 939 mandated that cities recycle 50 percent of their landfill waste by 2000. The City of Folsom relies entirely on CRRF to meet its AB 939 standards and has no other recycling program in place.

    Findings and Recommendations

    Finding #1: The Grand Jury was told by officials conducting the tour that the CRRF has a good safety record. However, at the time of its visit, the Grand Jury observed that not all inmates were wearing safety equipment while working at the CRRF, although there is the potential for exposure to hazardous substances. One emergency eyewash station and a shower in the warehouse appeared to be non-operational. One forklift and one large truck did not have audible back-up signals, posing an accident risk.

    Recommendation #1: The Grand Jury reminds the CRRF to enforce all Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations. It is imperative that inmates wear hard hats, gloves and eye protection devices at all times. All emergency eyewash stations and showers must be functional. Backup signals on forklifts and trucks must be audible and operational.

    Finding #2: At the time of its visit, the Grand Jury observed that only a portion of the FCCF had a fire-suppression system.

    Recommendation #2: The Grand Jury requests that the FCCF provide documentation that the facility is compliant with current fire safety regulations. If the existing system is not compliant, the Grand Jury requests details as to when the facility will be in compliance.

    A Response is Required

    The California Penal Code requires the City of Folsom to respond in writing to the Grand Jury's recommendations contained in this report, and to submit its responses to the presiding judge of the Sacramento Superior Court by September 30, 1999.

1998/99 Sacramento County Grand Jury - Final Report (Internet Version) June 30, 1999

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