South Carolina is closing a prison that houses inmates shortly before they are released.
Corrections Department director Bryan Stirling told The Associated Press on Thursday that the Campbell Pre-Release Center in Columbia will slowly phase out.
The facility opened in 1975 and is a minimum-security prison for male inmates who have served most of their sentences and have the opportunity to participate in work release programs.
Stirling said inmates at the pre-release center will be moved to other facilities. The work-release and labor crew programs will be transferred to other facilities in Columbia. Corrections officers at Campbell will either transfer to open jobs at other prisons or stay on to work as contraband officers at other prisons in the Columbia complex.
Corrections officials say the closing comes as the rate of repeat offenders has dropped from about 31 percent in 2008 to 27.5 percent in 2010.
A spokeswoman could not give a final date for the prison’s closing.