As outlined in Governor Gavin Newsom’s 2020-21 California Budget, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS) will close two state prisons. The first prison, Deuel Vocational Institution (DVI), closed on September 30, 2021. The second, California Correctional Center (CCC), will close in 2023. In December 2022, CDCR announced the planned closure of Chuckawalla Valley State Prison (CVSP) by March 2025.
Additionally, CDCR also not renew the lease with CoreCivic for California City Correctional Facility, terminating the contract in March 2024 and ending the use of that facility as a state prison.
The reasons these institutions were selected for closure are not a reflection of their quality of work and care, or the management or staff. Staff at the prisons can be assured we will work together to ensure a smooth transition, including placing employees into like positions at other facilities whenever possible. To that end, CDCR and CCHCS have formed a team to coordinate and oversee the process with CalHR, and to ensure ongoing communication and transparency with staff throughout. We will also have a dedicated email for questions. We encourage everyone to participate and reach out.
As we move forward with the closures, we thank all employees and stakeholders for their commitment, hard work, and perseverance. We are equally committed to you, and to keeping our staff, families, and communities informed and connected.