What is the status of CRC-Norco?

Aug 15th, 2012 | By | Category: Uncategorized

A bud from CCPOA asked me a while back why I hadn’t done a story about the projected demise of CRC Norco, made famous in song and story (well, song anyway) as the Hotel California.  I told him the reason, I had no idea that anything of interest that had any degree of specificity was in the cards for Norco.  I was, sad to say, uninformed.

It seems that about four or five months ago SecrAttorney Cate announced that Norco would be closing down, with a projected closure date of mid-2016.

I understand that Norco is old, and was not built as a prison.  Due to its age and other operational considerations it is very expensive to maintain.  However, with the department almost certain to miss its population cut target and possibly incuring the wrath of the federal court thereby, one tends to wonder about the wisdom of shutting down functional beds.

I also wonder what will become of the civil addict program if Norco goes away.

If anybody has any further information on the subject I wouldn’t mind hearing about it.

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5 Comments to “What is the status of CRC-Norco?”

  1. bulldogger says:

    The civil addict program is dead as the courts are no longer sentencing anyone to the program because prop 36 and drug courts were cheaper. It was a joke anyway as that facility always had the most drugs. To answer centurion’s question yes one of those new dorms was built in 2008 the second one never was. I work for parole now but my former partners tell me the pop is way down in all facilities and the closure is still on track.

  2. Centurion says:

    Just a point of clarification. If you look at the photo, CRC grounds actually start at the parking lot that bisects the photo. The roadway at the top of the photo is another boundry. The bottom half of the photo, below the parking lot and including the lake, is owned by the Navy.

    When I left Norco in 2002 they were beginning to implement a multi million dollar dorm construction program. Brand new expensive concrete structures were to be built one or two at a time, and the old wooden Navy barracks were to be torn down as inmates were rehoused into new buildings.

    Were these dorms built? I mean…they would have cost several million apiece to construct. Seems kinda foolish to close a facility right after investing that kind of money into it.

    (If this posted more than once…my applogies. Having trouble posting today. Thanks).

  3. Howie Katz says:

    As a former CRC agent, my fondest memory goes back to, I believe it was 1968.

    I it was at the California Narcotic Officers Association annual conference that Roland Wood, Superintendent of CRC, was a featured speaker. Good old Rollie bragged that three years after their release, 20 percent of CRC’s former ‘residents’ (parolees) were drug free.

    The very next day, Ronald Reagan appeared and told the CNOA members that three years after their release, 80 percent of CRC’s former ‘residents’ had been caught using drugs and returned to CRC.

    Of course, Rollie’s stats were somewhat off base because what he should have said was that many among the 20 percent he bragged about just had not gotten caught.

    And here is an interesting fact. A substantial number of CRC residents actually never used any heroin to begin with. They were pot heads and pill droppers who got caught committing burglaries and robberies. They claimed they committed their crimes in order to pay for their heroin addiction so that they would escape a prison sentence. They conned the examining physicians into certifying them as heroin addicts and, voila, they ended up in CRC.

  4. P16 says:

    Direction has been given that all civil addicts will be discharged from parole effective July 1, 2013. As of that date there will be no more program.