And when inmates aren't working or in the classroom, they'll likely be out in the recreation yard, where they have basketball courts, a soccer field and a track.
The inmates will sleep in a seven by twelve foot cell complete with toilet and sink. They will have access to a common area where they can watch basic cable TV, work out a sweat and shower.
Families will be able to visit on weekends and federal holidays, and that means a boom for local businesses. "We've had some customers at our motel to come visit their family members there," said Joseph Amador, who runs a motel in Mendota. He says he's already seen more visitors since a low-security satellite prison opened in August.
The Mendota Federal Institution has already hired more than 200 staff but are looking for more and the city wants those new hires to be locals. "We want more local people, it's obvious that the people are going to come from everywhere but we're pushing more for local and they can see that's why they're coming around to work with people to say, hey, this is what it takes to qualify," said Mendota Mayor Robert Silva.
Anything that will give a much needed boost to a city suffering from double-digit unemployment.