Feb 15, 2011 7:21 PM by Greg Boyce

DOC proposes closing Fort Lyon facility

Tom Clements, the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Corrections announced a plan today to close the Fort Lyon Correctional Facility  located near Las Animas.

The prison has an emphasis on health care services, including high needs medical care, geriatrics and services for offenders with serious mental illnesses. Fort Lyon Correctional Facility is a 500 bed medium custody facility. Offenders will be transferred to other facilities.

Clements gave several reasons for closing the facility, including the long distance from specialized medical care providers, and high transportationi costs.

Savings are estimated at $6.3 million dollars a year.

Currently the facility employees 204 full-time personnel. The Department will provide other opportunities for personnel currently employed there.

Under the plan, the facility will close on August 31, 2011. Fort Lyon was formerly a nursing home for veterans. The facility will revert back to federal ownership.

The DOC will host a public town hall meeting to answer questions and address any concerns. The meeting will be held on Thursday, February 17 from 6:00 to  8:30 p.m. at the Otero Junior College Student Center, Room 116.

Editor's Note:  This meeting has been moved to Las Animas High School on Thursday at 6:00 p.m.




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