Closure of Old Nevada State Prison Still a Possibility

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Possible closure of the old Nevada State Prison will be on the table at the 2009 Legislature if the Department of Corrections must cut 14 percent out of its upcoming 2009-11 budget, a new report states.

The report on the prison, which dates to the 1860s and is one of the oldest in the West, went to the state Prison Board, which meets Aug. 12. The shutdown would save $19 million a year but would eliminate about 200 jobs in the Carson City area.

The report also says closure of two minimum-security conservation camps in the first year of the state's next two-year budget cycle would save nearly $3 million a year; and the closure of another two camps in the second year would save $3.3 million.

Corrections Director Howard Skolnik said in the report to the Prison Board, chaired by Gov. Jim Gibbons, that he anticipates the facilities could be closed without requiring the early release of any inmates.