SACRAMENTO – California Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) released the following statement upon learning that House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA 23rd District) will meet with the Attorney General and the U.S. Department of Justice next week to discuss suspending activities relating to the closure of Taft Correctional Institution (TCI). Along with Congressman McCarthy, Senator Grove recently sent a letter to the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) urging federal officials to reconsider the shutdown.
Congressman Kevin McCarthy released the following statement on the Taft Correctional Institution:
“I appreciate the Attorney General and the U.S. Department of Justice’s decision to temporarily suspend activities related to the Bureau of Prisons’ rash decision to deactivate the Taft Correctional Institution. I am looking forward to meeting with the Attorney General next week to discuss why this deactivation action was taken in the first place.”
The facility is run by the Management & Training Corporation said they were shocked when the closure was previously announced.
TCI employs more than 340 individuals and provides $4.66 million in economic support to the local economy. The pending closure date will take place on January 30, 2020.
“I am thrilled to hear the joint effort led by Congressman McCarthy and our incredible community has helped to suspend the impending closure of the Taft Correctional Institution. This suspension reaffirms the serious ramifications that the closure would have on our local community.
“I look forward to receiving an explanation on the detrimental decision to shut down Taft Correctional Institution which would severely affect the livelihoods of employees and their families,” said Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove.
Senator Grove’s letter.
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