The state started moving male prisoners into the former Valley State Prison for Women in Chowchilla this week, according to Lt. Greg Bergersen, the prison staff’s community relations specialist.
“We received 100 male inmates Thursday from two different facilities,” Bergersen said Friday. “It’s working out quite well. We have them housed, and it’s all working according to plans for the conversion. They came from Tehachapi and the substance-abuse training facility in Corcoran.”
Valley State Prison for Women — now called just Valley State Prison will be an all-male facility, Bergersen said. The second of the two Chowchilla women’s prisons, Central California Women’s Facility, will remain as a prison for female offenders housing prisoners of all levels of security classification, from high to low.
Bergersen said he didn’t know how many male prisoners eventually would occupy the prison. “We haven’t heard those numbers yet,” he said. “We’re still in the process of conversion.” ...