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Another closed prison goes for $1

With the state’s prison population declining and some of its prisons closing, the state occasionally sells the land for a nominal buck.

The Senate Rules Committee on Wednesday gave the green light to selling the closed Gates Correctional Center in the northeast part of the state to Gates County for $1. The county wants to use it for emergency services functions.

Sen. Josh Stein, a Democrat from Raleigh, didn’t let the issue pass without commenting about recent opposition to the deal selling the Dorothea Dix property in Raleigh for less than market value. Sen. Ralph Hise, a Republican from Spruce Pine, had complained about the Dix deal even while sponsoring a bill in 2011 selling a closed prison in his mountains district to a community college for $1.

Hise, a member of the Rules Committee, also voted for the Gates deal, which was placed on the Senate calendar for later Wednesday.

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