UAPD staff and stewards are working to ensure transparency throughout the process of closing Deuel Vocational Institution (DVI). As outlined in the Budget Act of 2020, DVI is slated for closure by September 30, 2021. Several housing units have closed as the Institution transitions toward full closure and CCHCS will continue to reduce the inmate population in the coming months.
The Voluntary Transfer Process (VTP) at DVI was an opportunity for staff to potentially avoid a layoff by expressing interest in the location(s) in which they were interested in transferring to if a viable position were to exist. The VTP was processed in accordance with total State service seniority, such that the employee with the highest seniority score was placed first in the top selection for which they are interested and then the second in seniority, and so on.
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) also announced the upcoming deactivation of California Correctional Center (CCC) in Susanville by June 30, 2022. The prison is comprised of four facilities and serves as a hub for incarcerated firefighters who are trained for placement into one of 14 Conservation (Fire) Camps in Northern California. Those fire camps will now be part of the Sierra Conservation Center in Jamestown and will continue supporting local, state, and federal agencies responding to fires, floods, and other natural or manmade disasters. Approximately 2,064 incarcerated people are housed at CCC, and there are 1,080 staff at the institution. Incarcerated people will be transferred to other facilities based on their housing, custody and rehabilitative needs. All of their rehabilitative, educational and self-help program credits will transfer with them. UAPD will work with CDCR to assist doctors who wish to continue working in the prison system with possible relocation to other institutions.