Say No to Prison Expansion - Weigh in on the Environmental Impact Reports

California has plans to build thousands of

 new prison beds costing Californian's over $810 million to build

.  The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has narrowed down f

ive existing prisons to add these new beds to including Donovan (Chula Vista),  Mule Creek (Ione), Folsom, Vacaville, & Norco. That means thousands of new beds in Amador, Riverside County, San Diego, Solano & Sacramento County.  CDCR 



a draft version of the Environmental Impact Report

for each location

The period for public comments is currently


and ends on August 19th.

The key to intervening in the formal EIR process is to generate as many different comments from as many different possible perspectives as possible -- a traffic expert, an air quality expert, an endangered species expert, a water quality expert, environmental experts and community members who will be impacted etc. The EIR team must gather data on:

* Visual resources, light and glare
* Air quality
* Biological resources
* Cultural and historic resources
* Geology and soils
* Hazards, hazardous materials and public health
* Hydrology and water quality
* Land use and planning
* Noise
* Employment, population, housing and community services

We are asking you to make your voice heard! Let CDCR know California cannot build its way out of prison overcrowding and needs alternatives to incarceration and not more cages.

You’ll find a few site-specific talking points to the side of this letter, if you click them they get added to your letter. Please personalize and localize the letter as much as you can. If you have knowledge of environmental justice or public health concerns particular to these prison sites, please add them in!

This will strengthen our opposition and hopefully shut down this unnecessary and destructive expansion.

Step 1 - Select a Recipient


  • Robert Sleppy

Step 2 - Write your message

Click on a point to add it to the letter.
  • IONE: Unsafe levels of a variety of toxins have been found in our groundwater and local ranchers have reported high contents of caffeine in the water system due to the coffee roasting plant housed inside MCSP. There have also been reports of measles-infected cattle, suspected to be from contaminated water. I demand further investigation and action regarding the recurrent violations and plans for disposal and treatment of wastewater. I am concerned that Ione does not have the infrastructure to support a new prison facility, and that the city will be forced to bear unnecessary costs.

  • IONE: Wastewater runoff and contamination is a very serious concern for Ione and Amador county. The city of Ione has already been found in violation of water discharge regulation for many years. The Regional Water Quality Control Board Central Valley issued an order to CDCR regarding its Mule Creek facility “stating that the prison did not have sufficient treatment, storage, and disposal capacity for its wastewater because of increased inmate population, and directed the prison to reduce wastewater inflows.”

  • SAN DIEGO: Air quality and pollution is a never-ending battle for San Diego. We cannot afford the pollution that will come from the increase in traffic on our highways.

  • SAN DIEGO: The water supply in San Diego will be significantly strained, if not depleted, by the proposed expansion. San Diego can use the thousands of gallons per day that this expansion will use for the citizens in the community that need that water to be able to create a healthy environment for their families. What will this increase use of water consumption do to benefit the San Diego community that already suffers from lack of parks, lack of health food options, and continues water and air pollution?

  • SAN DIEGO: Water will be provided by the Otay Water District. The EIR states that “the onsite potable water delivery system to existing RJD facilities would remain unchanged under the project”, but that a new pipeline would be provided under a new 24-inch line relocated under Donovan. We would like to see an analysis of the current financial contribution that is given to the Otay Water District per prisoner and the projected financial contribution per prisoner for this project. We would also like to see a comparison of those numbers to what citizens are currently contributing especially given that the water prices seem to be increasing for those using water from the Otay Water District.

  • SAN DIEGO: Industrial Truck traffic is already an issue within San Diego County. San Diego is a town near the border, which increases the amount of traffic within the area due to commercial traffic. Although, CDCR will fully fund the restriping of the westbound approach at the intersection of Otay Mesa Road and La Media Road to include a second left-turn lane which is said to improve the flow of traffic we are concerned that this will still impact the freeways and roads not directly close to the facility.

  • FOLSOM: Sewage spillage into the American River is a major problem in Folsom and the State Prison is responsible for a sizable amount of sewage in the city. Expansion will create more sewage for a system already overloaded. CDCR must investigate reports of toxic water and the capacity of the sewage infrastructure to withstand an additional 800-1600 prisoners.

  • VACAVILLE: Hundreds of new beds will stress the wastewater system in Vacaville likely beyond capacity. Our community cannot afford the health risks associated with contaminated ground and/or well water.