August 23, 2014
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - The state Board of Prison Commissioners
will get an update on the progress toward closing the aging Nevada State Prison in Carson City.
The prison houses Nevada's death chamber and parts of it date back to the 1860s.
Closing the prison has been debated for years. Department of Corrections officials say shuttering it and moving inmates to new, more efficient prisons will save millions of dollars in staff and operating costs.
Gov. Brian Sandoval wanted to close it by October, but state lawmakers extended that deadline until April of next year.
Corrections officials have been moving inmates out over the past several months, and the population as of Friday was 139, down from around 700 earlier this year.
The prison board meets Monday in Carson City.
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