Indiana Department of Corrections announces closure of Michigan City State Prison

Northwest Indiana Forum: Indiana State Prison in Michigan City

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind – The Indiana Department of Corrections (IDOC) announced Friday, the closure of the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City, but it won't happen for a few years.

The Department of Correction wants to build a new 4,200-bed prison on the campus of the current Westville Correctional Facility.

Department of Corrections officials say the new facility will cost about $1.2 billion and will take four years to build.

When it's finished, it would replace both the current Westville facility and the prison in Michigan City.

The Michigan City prison currently employs 416 workers. The IDOC says those workers will be able to transfer to the new Westville facility, located about 15 miles away. They say nobody will be forced out of a job.

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