Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Visiting On Labor Day To Be Cancelled In State Prisons and Camps

Cost-saving move is expected to save hundreds of thousands of dollars

SACRAMENTO – In response to the State of California’s continued budget impasse, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) will not have visiting on Labor Day, Monday, September 6, 2010 in all institutions and camps. The visiting closure will save approximately $325,000.

Normal visiting will still be held on Saturday and Sunday, September 4, and 5.

“Because of the state’s serious fiscal condition without a budget in place, we must take this measure to preserve funds and ensure our corrections system continues to run safely and efficiently,” said Terri McDonald, CDCR Chief Deputy Secretary of Adult Operations.

California Law establishes five approved holiday visiting days: New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Labor Day is the least frequented of the five approved holiday visiting days.

CDCR is in the process of assessing and implementing several long-term strategies to reduce operational costs. Since fewer people visit on Labor Day, CDCR plans to initiate a change to state regulations and permanently remove Labor Day from the visiting schedule. Of the current potential fiscal reductions being reviewed, this is the only strategy impacting the visiting program.

“Despite these challenges, we continue to recognize the importance of visiting as a means of maintaining family and community connections,” McDonald said.

The Labor Day visiting closure will not affect scheduled family visiting. Juvenile and contract bed facilities will remain unaffected as will approved compassionate hospital visits, attorney visits and mandated court visits.

Contact:
Gordon Hinkle
Terry Thornton
(916) 445-4950