Tule Lake Historic Jail Rehabilitation Project Public Review

Concrete jail being built with building materials scattered on the ground.
Tule Lake Historic Jail Rehabilitation Project Public Review

Superintendent Larry Whalon has announced the availability of the Tule Lake Segregation Center Historic Jail Rehabilitation Project Environmental Assessment (EA). The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking your comments on the proposed restoration of the Tule Lake Segregation Center jail.

Tule Lake is the largest of the ten sites where people of Japanese descent from the U.S. west coast were forcibly removed and incarcerated during World War II. Tule Lake is the only one of the ten War Relocation Authority camps to become a maximum-security facility with three separate detention facilities, including the jail. The jail, used to administratively detain dissident leaders, was in use from late 1944 until the closure of the Segregation Center in 1946.

After the camp was abandoned, the vacant jail deteriorated from aging and weathering. A freestanding shelter erected by the California Department of Transportation (CalTrans) in 2004 protected the building from the elements before and after its transfer to the NPS in 2008. Beginning in 2013, the Tule Lake Unit worked with the Tule Lake Committee to prepare a plan for its restoration.

The building is significant as a jail within a jail in the Tule Lake Segregation Center National Historic Landmark. It is the only remaining jail in the 10 camps. Therefore, the proposed action focuses on restoration and rehabilitation of the structure to ensure its availability for visitor understanding of the incarceration.

Your comments are welcome and should be entered by the end of the day on Thursday June 7, 2018. at the NPS Planning Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/document.cfm?parkID=535&projectID=52954&documentID=87931

Last updated: May 31, 2018

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