Announcement met with lawsuit, opposition from gov't officials
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has formally announced that it will convert Valley State Prison for Women in Chowchilla into a men’s facility.
“If everything goes as projected, the conversion will be complete in 18 months, beginning this fall,” said CDCR spokeswoman Dana Toyama.
But Friday, the City of Chowchilla filed a lawsuit against CDCR, asking that a court force CDCR to withdraw its Notice of Exemption from the California Environmental Quality Act regulations and comply with CEQA before the conversion takes place.
The city also asks the court to grant a temporary restraining order on CDCR prohibiting the agency from any conversion activity before it has fully complied with CEQA, alleging that CDCR has already begun bathroom remodels in the prison.
The lawsuit asks CDCR to pay for the costs of the suit and attorney’s fees...