Combat Unsanitary Conditions in Rundown Prison Complex

Target: California Governor Jerry Brown

Goal: Immediately address unsafe and unsanitary conditions in state prison facility. 

Leaky pipes, cockroaches, rats, and other unsanitary conditions plague inmates at the California Rehabilitation Center in Norco, according to a recent state inspection. These conditions put inmates’ health at risk and cannot be allowed to persist. Demand that immediate action be taken to address unsafe conditions in this prison.

The California Rehabilitation Center at Norco is almost a century old, and it is starting to show its age. For the 2,400 inmates who call the prison home, this spells trouble. Inspectors tasked with reviewing the facility’s capacity “to ensure the health and safety of inmate workers and staff” were shocked to find just how bad conditions were.

Pools of collected wastewater from leaking pipes, lack of hot water in bathroom sinks, and cockroach and rat infestations all torment inmates throughout the prison, according to the inspectors’ report. The kitchens also reportedly maintain disgustingly unsanitary conditions, including storing raw meat with precooked food and not properly cleaning the pots and pans used for cooking between meals.

Just because people are serving time in prison does not mean that they should be subjected to unsanitary conditions that put their health and welfare at great risk. Sign the petition below to urge California Governor Jerry Brown to take immediate action to alleviate this facility’s litany of unsanitary conditions.


Dear Governor Brown,

I am writing you today regarding the California Rehabilitation Center in Norco. Recent inspections show that this facility is decrepit, rundown, and in need of major refurbishment. This should be accomplished as soon as possible.

I hope you will agree that just because people in your state are serving time doesn’t mean that they should be forced to live in squalor and filth. Unfortunately, that seems to be what is going on in Norco.

The inspectors found cockroaches and rat infestations, with their droppings everywhere. They found that inmates had no hot water in their bathroom sinks, leaving them unable to keep their hands clean. They found leaky pipes dripping wastewater, raw food stored in ways that very easily contaminate other foods, and kitchenware that had never been properly sanitized between uses.

The conditions in this prison have been so bad for so long that there has been discussion of shutting it down for years. The state cannot do that without risking overcrowding in the other prisons that Norco’s inmates would be transferred to, though, so it needs to do the next best thing. I urge you to take immediate action to address and alleviate the unsafe and unsanitary conditions in Norco’s California Rehabilitation Center.


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Photo credit: California Department of Corrections

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