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The Indiana Department of Corrections is closing a minimum-security facility in Indianapolis to cut back on costs.
The Indianapolis Re-Entry Educational Facility, or IREF, will close after just more than seven years of operation. The DOC says the closure will affect 183 inmates and 107 employees.
DOC Chief of Communications Doug Garrison says changes in legislation have limited the number of inmates being sent to facilities like the IREF.
Because of the lower numbers of inmates, Garrison says it would be cheaper to fill vacancies at other low-level prisons than to keep the facility open.
“There’s only about 183 offenders at that facility, whereas capacity is about 420,” Garrison says. “So it just didn’t make a lot of sense, or efficiency, to keep that facility open.”
The inmates currently at IREF will be relocated to other nearby prisons. Garrison says the department will try to find open positions at other facilities for current IREF employees and no jobs will be lost as a result of the closure.
Garrison says there’s no estimate on how much money the move will save the state, and it’s unclear what the building will be used for in the future. That decision will fall to the Department of Administration.