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Taft Correctional Institution.

Taft Correctional Institution has once again informed Kern County officials it intends to permanently close, which would result in more than 300 people losing work.

The federal prison first announced it would shut down last fall, but has continuously pushed back the date of final closure for months as efforts to save the facility have taken place. According to Management & Training Corporation, which operates the prison, the Federal Bureau of Prisons determined $100 million in upgrades were needed to keep the facility open.

The prison can house around 2,500 men and employs hundreds, around 60 of whom live in Taft.

M&TC told supervisors Monday it continues to work with various authorities on options to keep the prison open, but was required by law to send out a WARN Notice regardless. The notice said the prison’s contract will end April 30, resulting in the mass layoffs of staff employed there.

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