LV Sun: Lawmakers keep Nevada’s old prison

The Associated Press
Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010
Source: Las Vegas Sun

Legislative leaders say Gov. Jim Gibbons’ plan to shut down the 148-year-old Nevada State Prison in Carson City is dead.

Gibbons wanted to move most of the 740 inmates to the High Desert State Prison in Clark County and others to prisons around Nevada.

Corrections chief Howard Skolnik said that would have accomplished half of the budget cut his department is taking.

But Assembly Speaker Barbara Buckley, D-Las Vegas, says shutting down the old prison would cost money in the long run.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal employees protested the disruption for prison guards.

Gibbons had said the prison was outmoded and expensive to run. It previously held high-risk inmates, but they were transferred to Ely. A death chamber will remain in Carson City.

More on the budget deal: LVRJ.