News, A rural California prison was set to close this summer. It’s still open, and inmates want a say : detailed suggestions and opinions about A rural California prison was set to close this summer. It’s still open, and inmates want a say .
When it rains, water pours through the ceilings of the California Correctional Center in Susanville, sometimes flooding the cells of incarcerated men who have resorted to using soap to seal leaks.
Some toilets in the prison don’t flush and are filled with green algae.
And when the Dixie fire — the second-largest wildfire in California history — burned last summer a few miles outside town, inmates were not moved from the facility, even as electricity and water were shut off, smoke filled their cells, and they had to cover their faces with wet towels to breathe, according to court documents filed in Lassen County Superior Court, signed by about 100 men incarcerated there.
“These kinds of barbaric, inhumane conditions are unacceptable in a civilized society,” the documents say.