Legislators Hear Argument for Closing Prison

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(photo: Nevada Dept of Corrections)

(photo: Nevada Dept of Corrections)

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The director of Nevada’s prison system says closing the old Nevada State Prison in Carson City is a tough choice, but there is no better alternative to save money.

Department of Corrections Director Greg Cox told legislative panels that the decision is the right one.  The prison, parts of which date to the 1860’s, houses more than 700 inmates and employees over 200 staff members.  It is estimated that closing it down will eliminate 112 positions and save $16.1 million in the upcoming biennium.

Cox asked legislators to decide about the closure by April to allow its closure by the end of October.  He says it would cost the state $700,000 each mnth beyond October to keep the prison open.

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