By Donna Westfall – December 21, 2016 – Rumors abound that Pelican Bay State Prison is due to close.
I asked Supervisor 1st District, Roger Gitlin, for the facts:
“As your Del Norte County Supervisor for District 1, one of my appointments is to sit on the Pelican Bay State Prison Advisory Board. Our group meets bi-monthly with Warden Clark Ducart and key personel to listen and learn on-going activity of Del Norte County’s largest employer
There’s a rumor bouncing around Del Norte County that Pelican Bay State Prison is closing. I’m here to tell you, that is false. Pelican Bay State Prison is absolutely NOT closing.
The population at PBSP is stable. Under Court mandate, CDCR is contracting. Current State-wide inmate population is about 114,000 which does not include about 5,000 out of State inmates. Pelican Bay has a population of about 2200 which is expected to adjust up over the next few months as the Department adjusts to the changing environment and established goals set by CDCR.
I hope you will share this information among your Face Book friends an quell this fallacious rumor re: PBSP.
Of of much greater concern is replacing Last Chance Grade with a suitable by-pass, so ingress and egress can be facilitated to and from PBSP. The by-pass must be studied, selected, built and completed before the doomed highway collapses into the Pacific. I continue to call for this vital by-pass over the next five years.”