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Prison Now Empty, Closing Next Week

A Mansfield prison was emptied of all of its prisoners as of yesterday.

The Bergin Correctional Institution is being shut down.

Correction Department spokesperson Brian Garnett says the inmates were shifted to other prisons.

Because Bergin is a minimum security facility, its inmates can be put in higher-security prisons.

Garnett says employees will remain at the facility for the next week shutting down building systems, doing paperwork, and accounting for inventory.

The employees got layoff notices.

The prison is expected to remain closed, even if state employees accept contract concessions in an ongoing vote.

The buildings are expected to remain empty, and available in case the prison population grows again in coming years.

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