Wilmington Residential Facility for Women may be shut down

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Budget cuts have forced the Wilmington Residential Facility for Women to close at the end of the month.

The facility helps inmates re-enter society after serving prison sentences.

"This has just been devastating to all of our staff and it's particularly devastating to the inmates because if they are moved from this facility, there is no guarantee that they will have a job," said Facility Superintendent Laura Overstreet.

Governor Beverly Perdue released her budget plans earlier this year and recommended that the minimum custody facility be closed due to increased operating costs. New Hanover/Pender County Representative Carolyn Justice disagrees with the Governor's plan.

"Our women's prison facility here, which was a great facility, helped women get jobs. They all have an education," said Justice.  "They were paying money back to the prison to take care of themselves. That entire prison is going to be cut."

Perdue said closing the doors would save almost $350,000 in 2009 and more than $500,000 in 2010.

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