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First set of layoffs at Taft prison set for November 23

Posted at 12:05 PM, Oct 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-18 15:16:20-04

TAFT, Calif. — According to a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification the first wave of layoffs for staff at the Taft Correctional Institution will be on November 23.

The estimated layoffs will include 154 correctional officers, 12 case managers, six lieutenants and at least a hundred more staff members at the prison. The second set of layoffs is scheduled to happen in December and/or January, according to the WARN letter.

Earlier this month, the prison announced its closure which is scheduled for the end of January.

The WARN letter also stated that, " Due to unforeseeable business circumstances, normal staff attrition and fluctuating inmate counts, we cannot reasonable estimate the exact dates when staff will be reduced."

You can read the full WARN letter below: