Cleveland Community College gains ownership of closed prison

Cleveland Community College now owns the prison complex off Kemper Road in Shelby.

When Jason Hurst, president of Cleveland Community College, was hired, he was aware of a program where his faculty worked with inmates to gain job training and skills. What wasn’t in his welcome pack was the news that Cleveland Community College would one day own a prison.

“This is a surprise, but it’s a pleasant surprise,” Hurst said Monday. “This is an opportunity for us to do something that no one else in the state is doing and really become a model of the state.”

On July 1, Cleveland Community College became the owner of the Cleveland Correctional Center. The prison, located off Kemper Road, was one of several prisons closed in 2009 as part of a cost-cutting effort by the State Department of Corrections.

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