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Alvin W. Keller Jr.

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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:

Wilmington Residential Facility for Women                                   Sept. 1, 2009

Guilford Correctional Center                                                        Oct. 1, 2009

Gates Correctional Center                                                           Oct. 1, 2009

Union Correctional Center                                                           Oct. 1, 2009

Umstead Correctional Center                                                      Nov. 1, 2009

Cleveland Correctional Center                                                      Dec. 1, 2009

McCain Correctional Hospital                                                      Apr. 1, 2010

Two other prisons merged into larger neighboring prisons effective Dec. 1, 2009.  Anson Correctional Center became a minimum-security unit of Brown Creek Correctional Institution and Rowan Correctional Center similarly became a part of Piedmont Correctional Institution.

Hoke and Odom Correctional Institutions as well as Lincoln Correctional Center converted from medium to minimum-custody, resulting in staff reductions. Additional inmates were housed at Warren, Nash, Pamlico and Craven Correctional Institutions, resulting in additional staff at those facilities.

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