State targets Palmer prison for November closing

    The Department of Corrections says the 176 minimum security prisoners will be moved first.

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The state of Alaska will close the Palmer Correctional Facility to save about $5.6 million as the state addresses a multibillion-dollar budget deficit.

    The Department of Corrections says the 176 minimum security prisoners will be moved first, many to the Point Mackenzie Correctional Farm. Thirteen staff members also will be transferred to the farm, while the other 12 will go to various other facilities in south-central Alaska.

    Officials say in a release that a plan to close the medium security side of the Palmer jail will take about four months, ending in late November. The 303 mediums security prisoners will be transferred primarily to the Goose Creek and Wildwood facilities.

    The plan calls for about 30 jobs to be reduced, but corrections spokesman Corey Allen-Young says the actual number of job losses might be minimal since staff members targeted for reduction could take open jobs at other prisons.

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