DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTION
James B. Hunt, Jr., Governor
Theodis Beck, Secretary
Tracy Little, Director of Public Information (919) 733-4926
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 3, 2000
Currituck Correctional Center to Close August 1
Currituck Correctional Center in Maple will close August 1 as recommended by Governor Hunt and approved by the N.C. General Assembly.
Currituck's closing is part of the Department of Correction's move to close smaller and less efficient facilities. The closing will save North Carolina taxpayers $1.14 million over 11 months.
The 28 inmates currently housed at Currituck will be transferred to other facilities. All 38 employees at Currituck were offered jobs at other facilities, and most have accepted positions at either Gates Correctional Center in Gatesville or Pasquotank Correctional Institution in Elizabeth City.
Correction Secretary Theodis Beck said, "We are always looking for ways to operate more efficiently, and we believe this closing will help us streamline operations."
Currituck Correctional Center opened in 1950 as a close and medium security prison. At that time, Currituck housed 75 inmates. In 1999, Currituck was converted to a minimum-security facility.
In the early 1990s, the Government Performance Audit Committee recommended the closing of Currituck Correctional Center along with other small costly to operate facilities.
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