California State Prison, Corcoran has changed dramatically since it opened 30 years ago, according to an officer who has been there since the beginning.
“It’s turned to the better,” Correctional Officer Rey Aguirre said, at ceremonies marking the 30 years of Corcoran history.
Corcoran was the 19th of the current 35 prisons built in California. It opened in February 1988 with a cost of $262 million, the Hanford Sentinel reported March 29. The prison houses 3,202 inmates and comprises nine facilities. The prison was built on 942 acres and the nine facilities span over 515 acres.
“A prison of this magnitude and complexity as CSP Corcoran can only operate as well as it does because of the amazing staff that operate it day by day,” said Warden Martin Biter.
“Corcoran State Prison is second to none in my heart. I am honored to have had the privilege to work here with such outstanding people at this prison that I believe are not only making a difference, but are inspiring change.”
Corcoran prison staff were recognized with certificates and presented with a coin for their 30 years of service.
“I think we’re getting more response out of the community and out of the inmates themselves. There’s not as much turmoil that we used to have back in the day,” Aguirre commented.
In attendance for the ceremony were Corcoran City Council members Jeanette Zamora-Bragg and Patricia Nolen, Mayor Raymond Lerma, Vice Mayor Sidonio Palmerin, and representatives from the offices of state Sen. Andy Vidak and Assemblyman Rudy Salas.