Closure of Lassen County Prison Will Cost 1,080 Jobs

The state will close the California Correctional Center in Susanville next summer as the prison inmate population continues to decline. The June 2022 closure will hit the rural community of Lassen County hard. It is expected to result in the loss of 1,080 jobs.

“It’s going to devastate the community,” Sen. Brian Dahle (R-Bieber) said, as quoted by the San Luis Obispo Tribune. “The trickle down effect in Lassen County will be devastating.”

Both Dahle and Lassen County Administrator Richard Egan said they were surprised by the news. Egan Lamented the fact that local officials were not consulted before the decision was made.

Gov. Gavin Newsom has been pledging to close prisons since his earliest days in office. The prison population has been declining since a series of sentencing reform laws, beginning with AB 109 in 2011. Releases during the pandemic supercharged the process. In the past year, the state inmate population dropped from 120,000 to 95,223.

The 2,064 currently interned at the Susanville prison will be transferred to other facilities “based on their housing, custody and rehabilitative needs,” according to the Department of Corrections. The closure is expected to save the state $122 million.


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