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Old 03-25-2005, 01:10 PM
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Default Article: Committment a Story From Inside R.J. Donovan


By Shari McCullough

San Diego Reader
March 24, 2005.

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Robert Hernandez presides over a psychological war zone. At Donovan correctional facility, where Hernandez is warden, every move his officers make is watched by inmates; every word they say is overheard. "Nothing," said one officer, "goes on unnoticed behind those walls." An approachable 51-year-old man, Hernandez has been the warden of R.J. Donovan Correctional Facility at Rock Mountain since January 2002. The medium- to high-security prison occupies 780 acres on Otay Mesa, two miles north of the Mexican border. "I compare my job to being either a mayor or a city manager," Hernandez said. "I have the same responsibilities. I have a police force, which is my correctional officers. I have a maintenance department, which I'm in charge of. I have a personnel department; I have a training department; we have a records department; I have a fire department. I have warehouses. I have an infirmary here -- it's the same as a hospital, except that it's not licensed. I have emergency-response teams, similar to SWAT teams. I have a hostage-negotiation team. And I have an annual budget of $92 million.

"You know, we have the same problems that we have in any municipality out there in the free world," Hernandez said, "except my population here, they're all male felons."

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That was a real interesting article. Thanks for posting that.
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