Indiana to close southern Indiana prison this month

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The state Department of Correction says it will close the minimum-security Henryville Correctional Facility in southern Indiana this month in a cost-saving move.

The agency says the 140 inmates at the prison about 20 miles north of Louisville, Kentucky, will be moved to prisons in Branchville or Edinburgh, and its 36 staff members will be offered vacant positions at other prisons.

The department says the number of minimum-security inmates has fallen under new sentencing guidelines passed by the General Assembly in 2014 and 2015. It says the overall prison population has fallen by more than 1,100 inmates to about 26,000 as of April 30.

A DOC news release Wednesday doesn’t say how much money will be saved by the closing. A phone message was left for a department spokesman.

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