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Cost For Closing Aging Prison Rises

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada’s prison chief says closing the aging Nevada State Prison has cost the Department of Corrections $2.5 million in overtime costs at other prisons during the first quarter of this fiscal year.

Correctional Director Greg Cox told the Nevada Board of Prisoner Commissioners on Monday that staff positions that were budgeted at other prisons to accommodate moving inmates have not been filled yet.

Instead, money for those positions has been used to pay for continued staff at NSP in Carson City while the process of shuttering that prison continues.

That has left a shortage of staff at other facilities, requiring officers to work overtime.

Cox says he will have to ask the Board of Examiners and the Legislature’s Interim Finance Committee for funding to cover the extra costs.

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