Prison Closure Information

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) are developing a plan to close two state prisons. The first prison, Deuel Vocational Institution (DVI), closed on September 30, 2021. The closure of the two state prisons was included in the Governor’s budget plan prior to the pandemic as a result of various reforms and other changes that significantly reduced the prison population.

The reasons this institution was selected for closure are not a reflection of its quality of work and care, or the management or staff. Staff at the prison can be assured that 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 you to ask questions. We encourage everyone to participate and reach out.

As we move forward with the closure, we thank you for your commitment, hard work, and perseverance. We are equally committed to you, and to keeping our staff, families, and communities informed and connected.