McCarthy, Noerr Hold Press Conference at Taft Correctional Institution
Today, Congressman Kevin McCarthy and City of Taft Mayor Dave Noerr held a press conference at the Taft Correctional Institution (TCI) following a facility tour.
Below are some highlights from the press conference:
“I just finished touring the Taft Correctional [Institution] with the Mayor of Taft, Dave Noerr, the Warden, and Bureau of Prisons [officials]. As you know, there was a report that came out from the Bureau of Prisons [concerning the prison structure]. Now this is not something new, this is something that they’ve been monitoring for more than 13 years, but if you’ve ever spent the time to walk through this prison you would know – the inmates do not [face unique challenges] when it comes to living in these facilities.
“These are areas that are recreational, that are already walled off…What I looked at when I found this report was that this facility doesn’t need to be closed – the places that need help – you could actually fix those while people are still here.
“[With] a little commonsense, we can maintain this facility. This facility makes us safer. This facility is probably one of the best-run facilities, one of the cleanest facilities since it’s been built…
“We want to make sure they’re safe – they are today. We want to make sure they’re safe into the future. This is a problem that we can solve, and at the same time [work to maintain and improve the] Taft Correctional facility.”