CMC facing limited layoffs
January 31, 2012
By KAREN VELIE
Of the 545 layoff warning notices the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation sent out last week, only seven went to employees of the California Men’s Colony in San Luis Obispo.
As part of a state prison realignment that is slated to reduce the prison population by 33,000 within two years by moving some offenders to county jails, staff numbers are also slated to decline. Throughout the state prison system, there are now 14,000 fewer inmates than there were six months ago.
Even so, at the California Men’s Colony the prisoner population has remained consistent at approximately 5,686 inmates. Plans are in the works to decrease the population by 500 inmates before the end of the fiscal year, said Dean Spears, public information officer at CMC.
“California prisons have some 14,000 fewer inmates today than four months ago at the beginning of the public safety realignment,” Spears said. “Consequently, staffing needs have also fallen. As the inmate population decreases at CMC, so will the staffing needs of our institution.”
Currently, there are 912 people employed at CMC. Another round of layoffs is scheduled for the fall.
Correction: The numbers were incorrect on the inmate population. The inmate population on Jan. 30 was 5,686.