In a bid to ease pressure on Nevada’s strained finances, Gov. Jim Gibbons last week approved plans to phase out Nevada State Prison in Carson City. The governor said this is expected to save the state $3 million while improving safety for prison staff.

The prison is more than 100 years old and poorly designed, costing taxpayers an additional $4,000 to $6,000 per inmate, the governor said. The prison has more than 650 inmates.

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