The state unveiled a new prison today in Columbus County. The North Carolina Department of Corrections opened the doors to Tabor Correctional Institution in Tabor City today. After an opening ceremony officials toured the prison and saw what life will be like for the inmates. When Tabor Correctional starts welcoming inmates just after Labor Day they can expect buses driving through re-enforced steel doors, a list of permitted items, and of course their cells. Monday local officials got a first-hand look at what everyday life will be like for those inmates. For some the experience was a little too real. Barbara Buffkin of Horry County Bank said, "I was taken away. I've never been in a place like this. I don't think I want to stay in a place like this. But it is, it's good for the people of this town." The prison will bring more than 500 jobs to Columbus County. Area residents will fill 350 of those jobs. The facility will hold up to 1500. Tabor Correctional will house close and medium custody inmates. Construction on a minimum custody addition is planned to begin in January. If you would like to tour the prison, the Department of Corrections will hold a public open house this Sunday beginning at 11 a.m.
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