Closed since 2011, the Delano Community Correctional Facility reopened Tuesday in a move that will provide jobs and build a stronger local economy.
The facility will create 89 permanent jobs as well as 25 ancillary jobs in Delano, according to a news release from the office of Assemblyman Rudy Salas, D-Bakersfield. The facility can house 578 inmates as part of the state correctional system's reduction of its prison population.
"Job creation and public safety go hand-in-hand with the reopening of this Community Correction Facility," Salas said in the news release. "Reopening the Delano CCF helps with the statewide prison crisis while ensuring that prisoners serve their time."
The city of Delano recently signed a contract with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for the facility's reopening.
Local CCFs were closed in 2011 when so-called prison realignment resulted in low-level offenders being sent to county jails instead of prison, and the facilities were no longer needed by the CDCR. Delano isn't the only city to see a shuttered correctional facility reopen in recent months.
The Shafter Community Correctional Facility reopened Dec. 17, bringing 86 jobs to the city. Its maximum capacity is 560 inmates.
The Taft Community Correctional Facility is expected to reopen within the next few months, and has the capacity to hold 512 inmates. In addition, a 400-bed facility northeast of downtown Bakersfield could reopen.
The state is under a federal court order to reduce its prison population to 137.5 percent of design capacity.