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Posted: 6:13 a.m. Monday, May 20, 2013
MORGANTON, N.C. —
The North Carolina Senate budget proposal could have major and wide-ranging local impacts.The plan would save the Polk Historical site in Pineville.However, the proposal would close the Western Youth Facility in Morganton and cut hundreds of jobs.Under the proposal, the detention center will close on Jan. 1, 2014. When that occurs, more than 320 people will lose their jobs.The facility has been open for more than 40 years and is home to thousands of youthful offenders between the ages of 13 and 21.The building is also old and need of upgrades, but the Senate sees the closure as a reflection of the declining prison population.It would also save the state $16.3 million per year.Channel 9 spoke to people in the area about the possible closure in March. They said closing the prison would devastate an already economically depressed area.The state is putting aside $100,000 to repurpose the minimum security portion of the prison into something else.
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