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Prisons to Close as Part of Cost Cutting Measure

By: Associated Press and WTVY
By: Associated Press and WTVY

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida officials say they will close six of the state's correctional facilities for a savings of at least $30 million this year.

A Florida Department of Corrections representative said on Tuesday that the state is shuttering the Brevard Correctional Institution in Cocoa and the Hendry Correctional Institution in Immokalee. It is also closing the Hillsborough Correctional Institution in Riverview, the Tallahassee Road Prison and the Lowell and Sumter boot camps. Workers at those locations will be offered jobs at other facilities and the closings will not result in the early release of any inmates.

The state now has a surplus of beds that allows inmates to be moved within the prison system.

All of the shutdowns should be completed by the end of June.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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