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Shuttered Phelps prison to reopen

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DEQUINCY, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections says the former DeQuincy prison, C. Paul Phelps Correctional Center, will reopen as a transitional work program for non-violent offenders.

Secretary Jimmy LeBlanc says repurposing Phelps honors the department's commitment to area leaders to find the best possible use for the facility. DOC closed Phelps on Nov. 1, 2012, claiming it was old, inefficient and costly to keep open. When it closed, it housed nearly 900 inmates and had about 300 employees.

KPLC-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1gzj8ON ) LeBlanc's department announced the plan Friday.

Officials say the program will be open to 300 adult men who are non-violent, non-sex offenders and who are within four years of their release date. Officials hope to move in the first round of participants in late summer, early fall.

Information from: KPLC-TV, http://kplctv.com

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