Sen. Skinner Calls on CCPOA to Stop Planned Junket to Las Vegas

January 7, 2021

California state Sen. Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, released the following statement today regarding the plan by leaders of the California Correctional Peace Officers Association (CCPOA) to gather in Las Vegas on Jan. 26 and 27:

“The decision by California’s prison guard union to refuse to comply with the current ban on nonessential travel in order to attend a junket in Las Vegas is offensive, flat out wrong, and extremely dangerous,” Sen. Skinner said. “As public servants who work in California’s prisons — congregate facilities that continue to experience repeated deadly COVID-19 outbreaks — your disregard of public health orders will worsen the crisis and endanger not only the individuals who attend, their families, and their communities, but also everyone who lives or works in California’s corrections facilities. To date, more than 56,000 people in our prisons have been infected, including nearly 14,000 staff, and at least 144 people have died. I call on CCPOA leaders to stop this reckless gathering and comply with all state and local public health orders.”

California’s guidance on nonessential travel can be found here.

Sen. Nancy Skinner represents the 9th Senate District and is the Senate majority whip. She is also chair of the Senate Budget Committee and a member of the Senate Public Safety Committee.