Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Remaining CDCR Contracts with Community Correctional Facilities Expire

SACRAMENTO The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) announced that the eight remaining contracts with Community Correctional Facilities (CCF) statewide expired last week as the state reduces the number of offenders eligible to be housed in CCFs.

CDCR ended the use of the remaining CCF beds as a result of the 2011 Public Safety Realignment and other actions the department has taken to reduce its inmate population, as ordered by the Three-Judge Court and affirmed in May by the U.S. Supreme Court.

In the past, the department has used CCFs to house minimum- and medium-custody inmates, virtually the same population that under Realignment will be housed in local jails. State prisons will be responsible for housing only violent, serious or sexual offenders, who cannot be safely housed in a CCF’s dormitory-style environment.  CCF contractors also provided education and vocational programs for the low-level inmates.

The CCFs whose contracts expired November 30 are:
  • Desert View Modified Community Correctional Facility in San Bernardino County
  • Shafter Community Correctional Facility in Kern County
  • Taft Community Correctional Facility in Kern County

CDCR will maintain its contract with Golden State Modified Community Correctional Facility (GSMCCF) in Kern County. The facility houses 600 Level I/II (Level IV being the highest security level) adult male inmates.

At its peak in 2008, CDCR contracted with 13 public and private CCFs to house up to 5,913 inmates. The state paid an average daily rate of $55.68 per contracted bed.

The CDCR’s Community Correctional Facilities Administration was deactivated effective December 1, 2011. Oversight of the remaining community correctional facility, GSMCCF, will be maintained under CDCR’s Contract Bed Unit, which oversees California’s out-of-state correctional facilities contracts.

With the expiration of the CDCR contracts, there are currently 2,321 public and 2,903 private CCF beds available in Fresno, Kern, Los Angeles, Lassen, San Bernardino, and Sutter Counties.

To see the list of potential bed space available by county, please visit CDCR’s website: http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/realignment/docs/CCF%20Potential%20Bed%20Space.pdf

For more information about CDCR’s actions to comply with the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed order to reduce its inmate population, visit CDCR’s website at: http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/News/3_judge_panel_decision.html


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
December 7, 2011                                                    
Contact: Dana Toyama
(916) 445-4950