Wednesday, July 15, 2009

CDCR Suspends Expanded Third Day Visiting Program on Fridays Due to Budget Crisis and Furlough Impacts

SACRAMENTO — The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) will suspend the Third Day Visiting Program at adult institutions throughout the state beginning Friday, July 17, due to the state budget crisis and the impact of staff furloughs.

The Third Day Visiting Program began in July of 2006 and expanded visiting to include Fridays at 21 of 33 adult prisons as a privilege for inmates who participated in positive rehabilitation programming. The suspension of the Third Day Visiting program will not impact regular visiting at the state’s 33 prisons, which will continue on Saturdays and Sundays.

“Due to the state’s worsening fiscal crisis and the impact of staff furloughs we are forced to reduce operational costs and suspend the Third Day Visiting Program until further notice,” said Terri McDonald, CDCR Chief Deputy Secretary of Adult Operations. “Our staff will continue to work with inmates and their families to ensure they are afforded visiting opportunities during regular visiting hours.”

CDCR institutions will redirect Friday visiting staff to provide coverage for staff on leave due to state mandated furlough or other vacancies.

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