Fiscal Watchdog Wants To Close 5 Prisons In Crime-Ridden California

A nonpartisan fiscal watchdog agency that advises the California Legislature is calling for closure of five additional state prisons to help reduce the state budget deficit, the gap between spending and income.

“The Governor proposes reductions to [the] California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s funding to account for previous capacity reductions and for the planned deactivation of a prison in March 2025 (Chuckwalla Valley State Prison in Riverside County),” according to a recent report from the state’s Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO). “In addition, the budget reflects operation of nearly 15,000 empty beds in 2024-25, which is projected to grow to about 19,000 by 2028. This means the state could deactivate around five additional prisons.”