September 17, 2014
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - The last inmates have packed up their duffel bags and left Nevada State Prison, a penitentiary 150 years old that predates Nevada's statehood.
Most of the inmates that once numbered around 800 have already been moved to other prisons. A handful of minimum-security prisoners were the last ones to leave Monday.
NSP is home to Nevada's execution chamber, where 43 prisoners under a death sentence were killed. The death chamber will remain there for now, though no executions are currently pending.
Prison officials say closing the aging facility will save the state about $15 million in the current two-year budget cycle, because it costs less to feed and manage inmates at newer prisons.
A "decommissioning" ceremony is planned for late March.
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