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The community corrections facility in Taft has sat empty for two years, but a new proposal by Governor Jerry Brown could bring inmates back into the facility.
An assembly budget committee passed the governors $700 million dollar plan, Thursday, that could return the inmates back to the community corrections facility.
With more than 10,000 inmates needed to be moved from state prisons, but the facility in Taft could house about 500 of them.
"It will employ as many as 55 to 60 employees. It benefits the inmates because we can give them some programs, and it benefits the city because it gives us a revenue stream back," said Ed Whiting, Taft Chief of Police.
Yet, some legislators raised serious questions about the long term financial consequences of the Governor's proposal.
"There is bi-partisan frustration with the federal judges that are posting this order and in my opinion being irresponsible and forcing the state to have to spend $415 million dollars of additional funding to address this crisis," said Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D)Torrance.
The plan still has to go before the full assembly and the senate.