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State Announces Plans To Close Prison In Susanville

A major Lassen County employer is shutting down next year. The California Correctional Center in Susanville serves as a hub for incarcerated firefighters prior to placement into 14 fire camps statewide. More than 2,000 inmates are housed at the facility, with a paid staff of 1,080 state employees. The closure by July of next year is expected to save the state $122 Million. State Senator Brian Dahle and his wife, State Assemblywoman Megan Dahle, released a statement saying they’re appalled by the decision affecting their districts, and that they had no prior knowledge. High Desert State Prison in Susanville is a separate C.D.C.R. facility, which will remain open.