(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale), wrote Governor Newsom asking him to reconsider the closing of California Correctional Center (CCC) in Susanville, CA. The letter outlines the many reasons why closing the CCC is detrimental. This rural facility currently houses 2,000 inmates and provides 1,000 local jobs along with training and staffing for 14 inmate firefighting camps in Northern California.
LaMalfa said, “This abrupt decision to close the prison in Susanville, should absolutely be reconsidered. The CCC houses inmates in a cost effective way, and helps increase our overall defenses during wildfire season by providing inmate firefighting crews. Closing this facility will have far reaching ramifications economically in the Susanville area. Now is not the time to be closing prisons and releasing more inmates who have not fully served their time. This is a lose-lose situation, less firefighting capabilities for the state, fewer beds to house convicted criminals and major economic harm for Lassen County. I urge Governor Newsom and the California Department of Corrections to reconsider this decision.”
Since opening in 1963 the CCC has served as a minimum-security facility for the State of California.
Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.