More than 45% of the employment in Susanville is at CCC and the adjacent High Desert State Prison, which opened in 1995. The average pay for non-management correctional staffers is $87,500, not including benefits and overtime — generous-paying jobs in a county where only 13% of residents have a bachelor’s degree.
“We have population-based funding,” she said. “It’s going to affect the city’s funding. We don’t know how it will affect citizen services. There’s this whole domino effect that’s happening, and it’s the feeling about town. It’s sad.”