XIA-"Behind Prison Bars: Vacaville, The First Stop" - Charles Howe - San Francisco Chronicle

XIA-"Behind Prison Bars: Vacaville, The First Stop" - Charles Howe - San Francisco Chronicle

by: Charles Howe | publication date: March 8, 1971 | Publication: San Francisco Chronicle | pages: 10

". . .Fred Crocker, wearing a suit of whites with a belly chain secured to his waist, stepped out of a sheriff's van last week and walked into the recesses of Vacaville Medical Facility. A fat youngster, who admitted he had been impersonating an ambassador of another country. Fred was arrested in a northern county on charges of forgery after he tried to hand a bogus $200 person check on a jaded bartender. Croker's case was relative fare at Vacaville, where felons from 47 of California's 58 counties are first sent (the rest go to Chino, outside Los Angeles), in that he has never been to the penitentiary before. . ."

This article describes what takes place at Vacaville Medical Facility, the first stop for the majority of felons convicted in California. On average, a new inmate will spend six weeks at Vacaville while their physical and mental health is evaluated.

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