NORCO: State proposes closing prison (The Press-Enterprise)

PRISON2_0424_web.JPGThe state prison in Norco would be closed as part of a corrections overhaul announced Monday that would save California $1.5 billion a year.

The California Rehabilitation Center has 1,050 authorized positions with a payroll of $76.8 million and houses 3,900 inmates. Closing it would save about $160 million a year in operating costs, authorities said.

The wide-ranging reorganization plan also includes halting a $4 billion prison-construction program, and outlines the department's recommendations for ending years of federal court oversight, crowding, poor inmate medical and mental health treatment, and soaring budgets.

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