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File photo of a prison cell.  (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

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(Carson City, NV) —  State officials are recommending Nevada build a new execution chamber at Ely State Prison.

Nevada’s existing death chamber is housed at the now-closed Nevada State Prison in Carson City that was shuttered in January.

The Nevada Appeal reports that a proposed list of capital improvement projects estimates constructing an execution chamber in the Ely prison administration building would cost about $692,000. That’s far less the $5.3 million estimate to build a new execution building in southern Nevada.

Officials also another advantage is that all death row inmates are currently housed in Ely.

The new execution chamber was part of a $127 million package of projects recommended by the head of the state public works manager.

The Public Works Board meets Sept. 18 to try to finalize the list.

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