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Supporters mobilize against lawmakers' decision to close Hillsborough Correctional Institution

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Legislative leaders decided in weekend budget talks to close Hillsborough Correctional Institution in Riverview, the state's only faith- and character-based prison for women.
 
A show of force by HCI supporters last year kept the prison open and those advocates, including retired women from Sun City Center, began mobilizing again Sunday.
 
But the debt-ridden Department of Corrections developed criteria that resulted in the prison being rated the least efficient in the state.
 
"I'm disappointed," said Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey. "I think the volunteers and the former inmates there showed us the success of that facility."
 
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[Last modified: Sunday, March 4, 2012 7:22pm]

    

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