Closed correctional facility will reopen in McFarland

MCFARLAND, Calif. - A private prison contractor has announced plans to reopen a closed facility in McFarland.

The GEO Group announced last week that the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has signed a contract for the McFarland Female Community Reentry Facility on Taylor Avenue.

The complex currently has room for 260 inmates – but the company and state plans to double that within a year.

“Anytime anyone can support the community with employment and increasing our sales tax, then it’s something to be excited about,” McFarland Mayor Manuel Cantu told 23ABC. “We really want to support them on their endeavor and we know (GEO) has done a lot of great things to support our community already.”

The facility is expected to bring around 100 jobs. Cantu estimates that, combined with the two other prison complexes in McFarland, around 400 people will be employed by GEO.

State officials said the facility will be geared towards inmates with less than four years to serve and offer additional resources. 

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