The department figures the shutdown will save $400,000 in overtime costs for the two days, just before the 2009-10 fiscal year ends June 30. The policy doesn't apply to attorney visits or visits to terminally ill inmates.
Earlier this month, the department ended its "Third Day" visits for the same reason. That program expanded visiting days to include Fridays at 21 of the state's 33 adult prisons as a reward for inmates who participated in rehab. CDCR hasn't announced when it will restart the program.
A press release about the Third Day program notes the shutdown will "provide coverage for staff on leave due to state mandated furlough or other vacancies."