State set to close Durham prison Oct. 1

Staff reportsAugust 9, 2011 

— Durham Correctional Center will close on Oct. 1, the first of four minimum-security prisons to be shut as part of the legislature's plan to save nearly $11 million a year.

Also scheduled to close are Haywood Correctional Center on Nov. 1, and Cabarrus and Charlotte correctional centers on Dec. 1. Inmates will be transferred to other prisons before the closing dates.

Durham Correctional Center, built in 1925 at 3900 Guess Road, houses 216 adult male inmates and has a 42-member staff.

Keith Acree, spokesman for the Department of Correction, said the closings will eliminate 203 positions and save $10.7 million a year. The four prisons have a combined 798 inmate beds.

The department will try to transfer workers into vacant positions elsewhere. If vacancies can't be found, they'll be laid off.

The state hasn't decided what to do with the soon-to-be-vacant prison properties.

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