Susanville to Sue Gavin Newsom Administration Over Plan to Close Prison

Leaders of one Northern California city say they are planning on suing Gov. Gavin Newsoms administration over a proposed California state prison closure next year that would devastate the local economy.

During closed session of a special City Council meeting on Thursday, Susanvilles city attorney was authorized to take the state to court over the closure of the California Correctional Center, currently scheduled for June 30, 2022.

The Newsom administrations reasoning behind the planned closure of the prison which for years has been a hub for inmate firefighting training was the declining numbers of incarcerated Californians, exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic, which resulted in early releases for thousands of inmates.