Robeson County Correctional Center could close in August

The Robeson County Correctional Center is one of five prisons in North Carolina that could be shutdown as part of the Governor's $20.6 billon budget proposal.

The 276-bed facility is a minimum security institution off of Highway 711 in Lumberton.

State Representative Charles Graham says closing it would have a devastating impact on Robeson County.

"We're looking at the potential loss of 80 jobs. As far as I know this unit does a good job, takes inmates from all over the state. It has a good record. And I'm disappointed that it's been selected by the Governor for closure," Graham said.

The House and Senate still have to vote on the closing. If it passes, the prison will close August 1.