State Prison Florence

A fence surrounds the Florence Complex July 23, 2014, in Florence.

FLORENCE — The state prison population has seen an 8.7% decrease since September, which will affect Florence’s state shared revenues in the future, according to the town manager.

Although the governor announced the closure of Florence Complex in January, the closure was not part of the governor’s “skinny budget,” Brent Billingsley said. There were 3,589 inmates in Florence Complex at the beginning of the year, but since the closure of the minimum-security North Unit, it is down to 2,555, but up 2% over last month.

Eyman Complex, also in Florence, is to remain active.

Town staff are monitoring the inmate numbers daily and met recently with state Corrections Director David Shinn and staff.

“We continue to work closely with the department to ensure the land will meet its full use, that Florence residents will retain jobs and that impacts to the town’s revenue streams will be minimized,” Billingsley wrote in a report to the Town Council.

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