Nevada State Prison, which dates to the 1860s, may close as a result of the state's current budget crisis, says the Nevada Appeal in Carson City. The move that would save $19 million a year. State prisons chief Howard Skolnik said that under a “what if” scenario prepared for Gov. Jim Gibbons, budget cuts of up to 4 percent would result in the old prison shutting down by next January.
A shutdown would lay off 200 people. “We are very concerned about our staff and their families,” said a corrections spokesman. “This prison has been a constant in Carson City since the 1800s and families after families have worked there and it’s been their careers.” Should workers have to move out of Carson City to find state employment, the impact would be devastating, said Ron Weisinger of the Northern Nevada Development Authority.