Facility may be expanded to hold up to 600 inmates

The Taft Community Correctional Facility is officially under contract with the State of California again.

The 41/2-year, $51 million contract between the City of Taft and the California Department of Corrections is now signed and executed, the Taft Midway Driller has learned.

The city will now start hiring guards and staff for the facility, Chief of Police Ed Whiting said.

Not only is the facility going to reopen, probably by mid to late February, but the Driller has learned the contract with the CDCR may be amended to allow the city to house up to 600 inmates at a time.

In the past, its capacity has been just over 500 inmates.

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