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.
Mothers on a mission after tragic loss
Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia is something most people have never heard of, but two Bakersfield mothers are working to change that after…
Bakersfield fights new water restrictions
Alexsis Wheeler is taking the drought seriously. After learning about the drought in school, the 15-year-old is not only holding herself…
Farmers defend the almond amid criticism
Amid the drought almonds have become a target, with stats reporting that almonds use a large amount of water.
Residents raise concerns over shopping center
While new shops have been popping up all around Bakersfield, people in one area said, they don't want new shopping around their…