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Friday, April 26, 2013

Local students on guard at prison

Tracy PressA group of West High School seniors got an inside look at what it takes to work
behind the bars of Tracy’s rural prison on Tuesday, April 23.

The visit to Deuel Vocational Institution, 23500 Kasson Road, was to help students learn more about different law enforcement occupations as part of teacher Annette Feldman’s Law & Order and Public Policy program.

“I wanted them to get an appreciation for the daily jobs of various different careers,” Feldman said. “DVI is the second largest employer in Tracy and most don’t know about it.”

DVI spokesman Lt. Arnel Bona was the tour guide for Feldman and her 17 students.

Bona’s tour showcased the diversity of the prison occupations, which includes non-correctional positions such as counselors, medical staff, cooks and secretaries.

“They see what officers have to do,” he said. “It’s a fantastic idea if they’re interested in law enforcement. It’s a rewarding career.”

As students made their way through different parts of the prison, Bona told them about some of the prison procedures, such as inmates being required to walk inside designated areas in the hallways and assigned seating in the dining halls.

Included in the tour was a visit to the reception area for incoming prisoners, an exercise yard and two dining halls.

One of the highlights of the tour was a peek into two cell blocks.

Armando Rango, 17, said after going inside a prisoner cell that it was not what he expected and called them “small” and “dirty.” continue reading...

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