Yankton petition urges keeping federal prison open

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YANKTON, S.D. (AP) - Yankton leaders are circulating a petition they hope will help keep open a federal prison.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has proposed closing two minimum-security federal prison camps to save money. The category includes the Yankton Federal Prison Camp, though it's not known if it's a target.

The Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan reports community leaders are circulating a petition at the urging of U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem.

They say closure of the prison would mean the loss of 100 jobs, would hurt the local economy and would eliminate training and counseling opportunities for nearly 600 inmates.

The prison has already seen cuts under the Trump administration. The Regional Technical Education Center is no longer offering training in welding and other trades at the prison.

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