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COMPANY SUBMITS PLAN TO BUILD PRISON IN CALIFORNIA CITY.

Byline: Jim Skeen Daily News Staff Writer

A Houston firm submitted a proposal to the state to build a 500-bed correctional facility in California City that would handle medium- and minimum-security inmates.

Cornell Corrections submitted a proposal to the state Corrections Department to build a $10 million to $14 million facility on the north side of the city, along with proposals for facilities in Yuba, San Bernardino, Modoc, and Merced counties.

State officials plan to issue at least four contracts. The sites selected are expected to be announced May 28. The facilities could be running by summer 1997.

Cornell Corrections is interested in California City because civic leaders have lobbied for state officials to build a prison there, and because of the community's proximity to other state prisons.

California City is within 100 miles of two existing state prisons, one in Tehachapi and another in Lancaster, said Laura Shol, Cornell Corrections regional administrator.

In February, California City's Planning Commission approved of the firm's conceptual plans for the correctional facility.

If selected, Cornell Corrections would have to build the facility and then the state would reimburse them for the cost. The state would enter into a 10-year agreement in which Cornell Corrections would receive pay for each prisoner housed.

The state has five community correctional facilities being operated by private vendors and seven being run by cities or counties. Altogether the state has 53 contracts with private companies for correctional services, including work-furlough facilities.

In December, the City Council approved working with Behavioral Systems Southwest, a San Clemente firm, on a similar proposal, but that firm pulled out of the state bidding competition, citing a lack of expertize.

California City officials are interested in the proposal because it would mean 100 to 120 jobs for the community of about 10,000 people.

Cornell Corrections runs a 200-inmate facility for women in Live Oak, a community north of Sacramento, and a 280-inmate facility for men in Baker. The company also runs a similar facility in Rhode Island.
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Date:Mar 7, 1996
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