State will close women’s prison

The Georgia Department of Corrections will close Metro State Prison in DeKalb County in April to save $19.1 million, Corrections Commissioner Brian Owens told legislators Wednesday.

Metro State is a maximum-security prison for women that has about 900 beds but only about 700 inmates.

Owens said the number of women coming into the system has dropped, so not as many beds are needed. Metro’s inmates will be moved to other prisons. In this age of budget shortfalls when every department in the state is being asked to spend less, closing the prison is a way to save money, he said.  More...    PrisonerPal.com