Adelaide, California is a dusty desert town just west of Interstate 15. Since the 1992 closure of George Air Force Base (once the area’s main employer), the town has struggled mightily to find a steady source of income.
There was an expensive but failed attempt to build an international passenger airport on the shuttered base. A Chinese-backed venture called Da Zhong Hua Wholesale Town broke ground but faltered. Even the local minor league baseball team turned into a costly burden.
The only industry Adelanto has been able to sustain is incarceration. The city of roughly 31,000 people is now home to three prisons with a total of 3,340 beds. In November 2014, the city council approved construction of a fourth facility, adding another 3,264 beds.
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