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High marks for Nevada County prison camp

The Nevada County Grand Jury gave the Washington Ridge Conservation Camp for state prisoners a glowing report Tuesday.

The report said, “Unlike some other prison programs, the camp programs provide significant benefits to the inmates and taxpayers of California,” through wildfire fighting and camp maintenance.

The camp along Highway 20 between Nevada City and Interstate 80 has 100 screened prisoners from the low security California Correctional Center in Susanville. The prisoners learn job skills at the camp and cannot have a history of escape, arson, sex offenses or have a high violence potential.

The grand jury commended state correctional leaders and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection for successfully running the camp.

Meanwhile, the Nevada County 2007-’08 Grand Jury is taking applications. Applications are due Friday, April 27, 2007.

A grand jury consists of 19 people. A pool of 50 candidates will be created from the applicants. After 50 candidates are interviewed, a list of 30 names is selected from which 19 names are drawn.

For more information, go to http://www.civilgrandjury.com or have an application mailed to you by calling 265-1475.

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