MCFARLAND, Calif. — The GEO Group, which owns "134 correctional, detention and community reentry facilities" around the world, has announced that its contract with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is ending and they will be closing the Central Valley Modified Community Correctional Facility in McFarland.
In an official statement, the GEO Group said “We appreciate our long-standing relationship with CDCR. We’re proud of the valuable services provided by our dedicated employees at the Central Valley facility for the thousands of individuals who have benefited from our state-of-the-art rehabilitation and community reentry programming."
They go on to say "We have always strived to be part of the solution, helping meet California’s recidivism reduction goals. We are pleased to have been able to provide cost-effective solutions for California’s taxpayers when the state’s prison system faced capacity constraints. We recognize that the state’s needs have changed and are committed to a smooth operational transition, which underscores the inherent flexibility for the state to be able to rely on private sector service providers."
The current population of the facility will be transferred. No word on where they would be transferred and the status of current facility employees.
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