‘If you don’t want us, tell us to go back’

The making of a California prison town.

  • City Councilman John Woodard, center, tours a medical marijuana production facility — a new revenue stream the town is pursuing — being developed in Adelanto’s industrial area.

    Andrew Cullen
  • Former Adelanto Mayor Cari Thomas cut the first deal to transform a former state prison into a privately run detention facility for ICE.

    Andrew Cullen
  • Current Mayor Rich Kerr, elected on an anti-prison platform, now embraces them.

    Andrew Cullen