Since the announcement of the closure of California Correctional Center (CCC) and the inmate firefighter training camps in Susanville, we have met with the Secretary of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and the Governor’s staff demanding answers to how this decision was made and why. We continue to believe that closing the camps in the midst of these unprecedented fire seasons and the process used to make this decision is a flawed course of action. It also does not follow the plan CDCR had originally published.
We have been working closely with city and county officials and employee representatives to find ways to mitigate the terrible impacts to our community caused by this decision. We will continue to look for state programs that can be relocated to Lassen County to utilize existing facilities and infrastructure. We are also seeking state funding to offset budget cuts to schools and loss of tax revenue.
We appreciate the hundreds of community members who have written to our offices and the Governor to fight against this decision and the broader policy agenda promoting the early release of violent felons. This, and many other important issues, demonstrate that we must work together to find ways to improve the economic strength of the rural counties we represent. As the situation continues to develop, we will be sure to provide updates and information as it becomes available. Please reach out to our offices with any additional questions or need for assistance.