Gainesville Correctional closure delayed until March

The Gainesville Sun reports:

The closing of the Gainesville Correctional Institution, set for Wednesday as part of a statewide overhaul of the prison system, has been delayed until March to give the employees more time to request transfers and find work.

State Department of Corrections officials earlier this month announced the closing of facilities in Gainesville, Levy County and Bradford County to cut costs.

Facilities in Gainesville and Levy County were to close Wednesday while New River Correctional in Bradford County is set to close in March.

But an agency spokeswoman said in an email to The Sun Thursday that the closing of GCI has been postponed to sometime in late March.

It could not be learned if the closing of the Levy Forestry Camp also has been postponed.

The closing of the three facilities will cut 496 full-time jobs, though some will be offered jobs at facilities that remain open.

Statewide, the closures will add up to a savings of nearly $15 million for the rest of this fiscal year and nearly $76 million in the next fiscal year, with 1,293 full-time jobs eliminated, according to a department news release earlier this month.

Gainesville Correctional Institution on Northeast 39th Avenue currently houses 529 medium- and minimum-security inmates who were sentenced for crimes such as drug sales, theft and assault. Eliminated will be 150 full-time positions.

New River Correction Institution, another medium- and minimum-security prison located near a number of corrections facilities in Raiford, will lose 281 full-time positions.

Sixty-five jobs will be eliminated when the Levy Forestry Camp in Bronson, a work camp for women and a part of Marion County’s Lowell Correctional Institution, closes Feb. 1.




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