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DEQUINCY, LA (KPLC) -

The deadline for contractors to submit proposals to run the transitional work program at the shuttered Phelps Correctional Center in DeQuincy has been extended.

A spokeswoman with the state Department of Corrections said the deadline was changed from Tuesday to May 20.

Pam Laborde said the extension is common following a question-and-answer period. Because of an addendum made to the original request for proposals, the extension was granted.

In late March, officials announced that Phelps would be reopened as transitional work program for non-violent offenders.

The program will be open to 300 adult males who are non-violent, non-sex offenders and who are within four years of their release date.

Participants without previous job training or vocational certification will have the opportunity to achieve certification in an "in-demand" skilled trade.

The DOC closed Phelps on Nov. 1, 2012, claiming it was old, inefficient and costly to keep open. When the facility closed, it housed nearly 900 inmates and employed just under 300 Southwest Louisiana residents.

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