|North Carolina Department of Public Safety|
Beverly Eaves Perdue
Alvin W. Keller Jr.
North Carolina Department of Correction
|For Release:||Contact: Keith Acree|
|Date: April 1, 2010||Phone: 919 -716-3700|
Division of Prisons completes prison closures ordered by legislature
Seven prisons close, nine others convert, merge or expand
RALEIGH – Today’s closure of McCain Correctional Hospital in Hoke County marks the end of eight months of work to close seven prisons and convert several others as ordered by the legislature in the 2009-10 budget.
The seven prison closings and changes at nine others eliminated 516 positions for a $22.3 million annual savings. The department was able to place 417 employees into other vacant positions within the agency and 73 employees left the agency after receiving severance. Approximately 2,000 inmates transferred to other prisons as part of the process.
“This could not have been completed as smoothly and efficiently without the coordinated and dedicated work of hundreds of people at the affected prisons, in human resources and in prison administration,” said Secretary Alvin Keller. “We are grateful for everyone’s efforts and professionalism during a complicated and sometimes difficult process.”
The prisons that closed and their closing dates are:
Gates Correctional Center Oct. 1, 2009
Union Correctional Center Oct. 1, 2009
Umstead Correctional Center Nov. 1, 2009
McCain Correctional Hospital Apr. 1, 2010
prisons merged into larger neighboring prisons effective Dec. 1,
Hoke and Odom
Correctional Institutions as well as
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