May review hints at closure of three California prisons

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CALIFORNIA. (KTXL) – California could see a reduction in its prison count over the next three years as Governor Newsom’s May review outlined plans to close three California state prisons by 2025.

Currently, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) oversees 34 adult prisons.

According to the governor, the reason for the continued closure of state-run prisons is the steady decline in the adult prison population in recent years.

Although CDCR forecasts an increase of 3,342 inmates between 2021-22 and 2022-23, due to CDCR restarting inmate admissions as a result of the pandemic, they still expect to see a downward trend the number of detainees from 2024.

In December 2021, the adult prison population was 99,699 and this number decreased by 3% in April 2022, the population having fallen to 96,581, according to the May revision.

This is not the first time the governor has proposed closing prisons.

In Newsom’s 2021 budget, he proposed closing the Deuel Vocational Facility in Tracy and the California Correctional Facility (CCC) in Susanville, as well as minimum-security portions of the California Correctional Facility (CCI) and from the California Training Center (CTF).

The Deuel Professional Establishment was closed in September 2021, resulting in an expected annual general fund savings of $150.3 million starting in fiscal year 2022-23, according to the May review.

However, the closure of the CCC and CTF are the subject of litigation as the City of Susanville filed a lawsuit against the closure of the CCC in Lassen County Superior Court in July 2021, according to the May review.

Even with planned closures, the governor still plans to allocate $13.9 billion to CDCR in 2022-23.

The state is also still in the process of reimbursing $243.9 million to counties that held state prisoners, between March 2020 and August 2021, in county jails during the CDCR’s suspension of receiving inmates. due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Approximately $44.9 million could additionally flow to counties as the backlog of state prisoners is reduced and eventually eliminated.

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