Slammer Sale: States find closed prisons can be a tough sell



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    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — States are finding out the hard way that closed prisons can be a tough sell.

    A recent national study found at least 94 state correctional facilities have been shut down since 2011, and only a few have been sold.

    Developers say cell blocks and dormitories tend to be too expensive to tear down, and too restrictive to repurpose.

    In New York, a mountaintop site in the Adirondacks is on the market for the second time in two years despite stunning views and proximity to the tourist destination of Saratoga Springs.

    But a few states have had success. In Virginia, a former prison will be the site of more than 270 homes. In Tennessee, the former Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary is being turned into a whiskey distillery and tourist attraction.
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