Decommissioning ceremony for Nevada State Prison

Joyce Lupiani

Decommissioning ceremony for Nevada State Prison

CREATED May. 18, 2012

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- The last inmates left months ago, and now the 150-year-old Nevada State Prison is being officially taken out of service.

A decommissioning ceremony will be held Friday on the prison grounds in Carson City.

Parts of NSP predate Nevada's statehood. It was established in 1862 and was in continuous operation for 150 years until the last inmates were moved out in January.

The prison also houses Nevada's execution chamber, though no executions are imminent.

Officials had said bringing the aging building up to code would have cost $30 million, and moving inmates to newer, more efficient penitentiaries is expected to save half that amount over the two-year budget cycle.

Gov. Brian Sandoval is scheduled to speak at the ceremony.