Nevada State Prison Closure Goes to Prisons Board

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Nevada's prisons chief is telling Gov. Jim Gibbons that closing the Nevada State Prison in Carson City is part of his budget plan for the coming two years.

The state Prison Board, headed by the governor, approved nearly $9.4 million in cuts in the current corrections budget due to lower-than-expected tax revenues.

Corrections Director Howard Skolnik submitted a report earlier saying closing the prison would save $19 million a year but would eliminate about 200 jobs in the Carson City area.

The prison dates to the 1860s and is one of the oldest in the West.

Gibbons projects a revenue shortfall of more than $1 billion in the next two-year budget cycle. He's has asked departments to find ways to cut 14 percent from their 2009 budgets.

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