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Theodis Beck

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Date: Aug. 18, 2008 Phone: 919 -716-3700

Tabor Correctional Institution opens

 TABOR CITY – Correction Secretary Theodis Beck joined legislators and local officials today to celebrate the opening of the new Tabor Correctional Institution, which is bringing more than 515 jobs to Columbus County.

 “This new prison will provide relief from a growing jail backlog and a crowded prison system, said Secretary Beck. “To the community, the prison will mean new jobs and economic opportunities.”

 The prison will have an estimated annual operating budget of approximately $28 million including more than $20 million in employee salaries each year.

 The 1,500-cell close and medium custody prison for adult males is located just off NC 904 in Tabor City. Construction began in June 2006. The Division of Prisons plans to start moving inmates into the prison in September. 

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

 Southeastern Community College in Whiteville will provide Adult Basic Education and GED classes for inmates.

 A 252-bed minimum custody addition is planned with construction to begin in early 2009 and completion scheduled for late 2011.

 Tabor Correctional Institution is the last of six 1,000-cell high-security prisons that the state has contracted to build.  Scotland Correctional Institution in Laurinburg opened in September 2003, Lanesboro Correctional Institution opened in January 2004, Alexander Correctional Institution opened in March of 2004, Maury Correctional Institution opened in March 2006 and Bertie Correctional Institution opened in May 2006. 



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