How can I help?

We appreciate your interest in getting involved! Please consider the following: Join the coalition and add your name to the list of advocates pushing to Save Chuck. Submit a story telling us how Chuckawalla Valley State Prison has impacted you. Write a letter to your representatives.

2023-03-08T09:08:50-08:00March 8th, 2023|

How would Blythe and the State of California California benefit from keeping Chuckawalla open?

By selecting CRC for closure instead of Chuckawalla, the State could not only better ensure fiscal responsibility, but also better satisfy the criteria for choosing a prison to close that they selected: specifically the effects on the local workforce, long-term investments in state-owned and operated correctional facilities, and public safety and rehabilitation. Chuckawalla is a

2023-02-22T07:46:00-08:00February 22nd, 2023|

Are there other prisons that make better candidates for closure?

Chuckawalla is just one of many prisons in California that could be closed. For many reasons, the City of Norco’s California Rehabilitation Center (CRC) in particular is a more fitting candidate for closure.  As calculated by the Legislative Analyst’s Office in its State Prison Infrastructure Report, CRC requires $670 million more than Chuckawalla in infrastructure

2023-02-22T07:44:59-08:00February 22nd, 2023|

How will the closure impact the community?

The City of Blythe is a rural community with few economic prospects and Chuckawalla Valley State Prison is Blythe’s second-largest employer. It provides approximately 800 jobs to a population of 17,793 residents and plays a crucial role in sustaining Blythe’s economy. If Chuckawalla were to leave Blythe, so would the jobs that it provides, and

2023-02-22T00:34:42-08:00February 22nd, 2023|

Why was Chuckawalla chosen to be closed?

According to the CDCR, Chuckawalla Valley State Prison was selected for closure based on the factors set forth in Penal Code section 2067, which includes factors such as costs to operate at capacity, impact of closure on the workforce, housing needs for all populations, long-term investments in state-owned and operated correctional facilities, public safety and

2023-02-22T00:33:14-08:00February 22nd, 2023|

Why is the State closing prisons?

The CDCR has been closing prisons in the past few years in compliance with reduced funding for prisons being included in State budgets, as well as Governor Newsom’s commitment to phase out the use of private prisons in California. Declining prison populations have also been cited as motivating prison closures. Closing prisons would bring the

2023-02-22T00:31:49-08:00February 22nd, 2023|
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