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  • Ricky_duz Ricky_duz Jan 31, 1999 1:10 PM Flag

    Southern California News #2

    "Desert town hopes prison is no mirage California
    City has history of failure" San Diego Union-Tribune
    Sunday January 31, 1999.
    California City - Standing
    amid the 207 square miles of desert scrub that make up
    California's third-largest city in area, it's hard to imagine
    this town's original destiny. Lonely street signs mark
    paved roads that end abruptly. There are no houses,
    playing children, barking dogs or mailboxes. In fact,
    California City - population 8,800 - didn't get its first
    chain drugstore until last year. Instead, lined up in
    rows among an occasionl Joshua tree, are completed
    prison cell blocks. There was skepticism when the
    Corrections Corporation of America agreed to build a
    2,500-bed privately operated prison in town. But this could
    be the plan that finally works for California City.
    The prison will create about 500 jobs, most of them
    correctional officer positions. The company will hire local
    residents and train them. The 10-building prison is
    expected to be finished by this summer. True, the company
    has yet to line up any inmates for the medium
    security facility. The company is battling the state's
    powerful prison gaurd union, which is trying to prevent
    the nonunion company from taking away any state
    inmates away from unionized prisons. If the California
    City lockup can't house California inmates, th company
    intends to take federal criminals or bring in inmates
    from other states.

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