Committee votes to close Colorado prison to reduce costs

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (The Gazette) — A Colorado legislative committee has voted to close a minimum-security men’s prison as a cost-saving measure following a reduction in the inmate population resulting from the coronavirus.

The Gazette reported the Joint Budget Committee voted to close the 252-bed Skyline Correctional Center in Cañon City in January. Officials say the closure is expected to save $1.9 million in the state’s general fund in 2020-21 and nearly $5 million the following year. The facility is one of four minimum-security prisons in Colorado. The proposed closure is scheduled to be voted on as part of a budget bill when lawmakers reconvene.

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