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Theodis Beck

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Date: March 14, 2006 Phone: (919) 716-3726


 Maury Correctional Institution opens

New facility will bring more than 400 jobs

HOOKERTON – NC Correction Secretary Theodis Beck, other correction officials, legislators, county and local town officials and citizens today helped celebrate the opening of the new Maury Correctional Institution, which is bringing about 450 jobs to Greene County.

 “To the community, the new prison will mean economic opportunities,” Beck said. “To the Department of Correction, the 413,000-square-foot institution will provide some needed relief from a backlog of prisoners waiting to be housed.”

The prison initially will have an estimated annual operating budget of approximately $20.7 million.

The 1,000-cell close custody facility for adult males sits on 131 acres on Moore Rouse Road just outside Hookerton. Construction began in April 2004. The Division of Prisons will start moving inmates into the prison in late April this year.

In addition to the housing areas, the prison will contain the necessary support areas, including administrative offices; warehousing and maintenance; food preparation and dining hall; academic, vocational and religious program areas; and visitation.

Correctional staff will work with Lenoir Community College to provide education and vocational programs such as Adult Basic Education and GED. Education programs will include basic skills instruction for inmates who have less than an eighth grade education level and other classes to prepare inmates to pass the adult high school equivalency exam.

Maury Correctional Institution is the fourth of six 1,000-cell close custody prisons that the state has contracted to build. Scotland Correctional Institution in Laurinburg opened in September 2003, Lanesboro Correctional Institution opened in January 2004 and Alexander Correctional Institution opened in March of 2004. The other two prisons – Bertie and Tabor (in Columbus County) are under construction.



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