Proposed five-year contract would bring inmates back to Taft

The Taft City Council is going to hold a special meeting Thursday evening to discuss a proposed contract with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation that could reopen the Taft Community Correctional Facility.

The council discussed the latest in a series of contract proposals from the state in closed session Tuesday night and decided to call a special meeting that could lead to a vote to approve an agreement.

Mayor Paul Linder said there is no contract yet but is optimistic.

"We discussed it in closed session and decided to vote consider it in a special meeting," he said Wednesday evening. I'm hopeful. I am very hopeful." he said.

Chief of Police Ed Whiting said he wouldn't comment at this point.

The proposed contract would be for five years and both the city and CDCR would have the option of terminating it an any time with 30 days notice.

No other details were immediately released.

If the city and state do agree, the CCF will be housing a higher level of inmate in the past, and the council will also vote on an emergency contract to hire Black/Hall Construction to make security modifications to the CCF.
The CCF has been closed for two years after the implementation of prison reforms mandated by AB109.