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Nelsonville prison will stay open

NELSONVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A southeast Ohio prison that houses aging inmates is going to stay open.

The Athens Messenger (http://bit.ly/Z0Bnpe ) reports that the state has rescinded plans to close the Hocking Correctional Facility in Nelsonville. Closure of the facility was proposed in October because of state budget cuts and a declining prison population.

This week, Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Director Gary Mohr submitted a letter to his department stating that despite budget cuts, closure of the Nelsonville facility is no longer on the table. He said prison population projections show that intake will be higher than originally anticipated.

The Hocking Correctional Facility is the smallest stand-alone prison in the state. It houses 436 aging male inmates in minimum and medium security, and has 137 employees.

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