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.