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Two inmates of Calipatria State Prison in Imperial Valley were injured, one of them fatally, while working as part of a CalTrans inmate work crew on the eastbound side of Interstate 8 yesterday in the late morning.

Inmate Richard Warrick, 45, was transported to El Centro Regional Medical Center for treatment of moderate injuries and returned to prison. He is serving a three year sentence for burglary, possession of a controlled substance, and receiving stolen property.

The second individual, who has not been identified pending notification of his family, was pronounced dead at the scene at approximately 11:50 a.m.

Calipatria State Prison officials also stated in the news release regarding the death and injury that the institution "provides educational, vocational, re-entry and self-help programs that provide inmates life skills and work skills that can be used in support of their efforts at reintegration into society."

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Visduh Aug. 18, 2012 @ 6:02 p.m.

Interstate 8 covers hundreds of miles. How about a description of where on I-8 this happened?


SurfPuppy619 Aug. 19, 2012 @ 5:19 p.m.

Not really trying to be funny, just pointing out the obvious.

Depends on the circumstances-which they do not give here. If the state was allowing the work in a grossly negligent and dangerous manner then they could be held liable, if a driver had a medical problem and hit them then there is less of a chance of the state getting a judgement against them, but even then it will depend upon the circumstances. I don't know....... but I would bet my lost dollar there will be a lawsuit-how much and will it fly are other issues.


Twister Aug. 19, 2012 @ 12:08 p.m.

Yes, a lawsuit is coming, as it damned well should. But we taxpayers will have to shell out the bill for the determined yahooism of bureaucrats, for whose incompetence, inaction, and bad judgment they never have to suffer. We need LEGISLATION that limits such protection to those who were doing their duty, not shirking it in spades.


SurfPuppy619 Aug. 19, 2012 @ 5:23 p.m.

This is the objective of prisoners doing free labor. As they are not insured. No waivers. No contracts. No liability. No matter what the dangers in the located environment/s be. viewer, get real, the labor is not free-they get .50 cents an hour (last time I checked), and yes there is a contract with the prisoners, it is called the US Constitution and the law is very clear on these issues. The state can certainly be held liable for dangerous conditions, have you not been following the CA Prison take over by the federal courts here in CA over medical care??? It has been going on for 11 years now, and has caused all sorts of problems, most self imposed by making everything under the sun a 10 year offense.

As there be financial loss. When one needs replacement, just get another one. Just like replacing a product. not even worth responding to.


Twister Aug. 19, 2012 @ 8:41 p.m.

Does this mean that my idea about using white-collar criminals to generated electricity is out?


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