Bus brings in 38 prisoners in pink jumpsuits. More coming later in the week

Taft's newly remodeled Modified Community Correctional Facility is officially back in business.
The first busload of 38 inmates from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation rolled into the new sally port at the facility just after noon on Monday.

It was met by correctional officers from the CCF, who unloaded the inmates personal belongings before the inmates, clad in pink CDCR jumpsuits, filed off the bus.

It was more than 27 months – November 2011 – ago that the last bus of CDR inmates pulled out of Taft when the facility was closed – along with all the other CCFs in the state – when the realignment of AB109 shifted the responsibility for many inmates to counties.

Today's busload was the first of four for the week, Chief of Police Ed Whiting said.
Another one is expected on Wednesday, and two more on Friday.

The MCCF should have 138 inmates by the end of the week and the buses will keep coming until the facility reaches its current capacity of 512 inmates.