BALDWIN — Some excitement was stirred in the community last Thursday when GEO Group, Inc. posted on they are hiring a correctional officer for North Lake Correctional Facility in Baldwin. Some residents hoped this meant the prison would soon be opening so more jobs could come to the area.

An emailed statement from GEO to the Star, from spokesman Pablo Paez, shot down the rumors of the prison opening.

“At this time, we hiring one of the three officer positions we currently have on staff to provide security at the vacant facility,” Paez said.

When the question of the North Lake Correctional Facility opening again was brought up at State Sen. Curt VanderWall’s coffee hour on Friday in Baldwin, the senator said GEO is in negotiations, but nothing has been signed yet.

The last time the North Lake Correctional Facility was open, they housed prisoners from Vermont. The contract with Vermont was not renewed, and on June 20, 2017, the facility closed. At that time, GEO stated the company hoped the facility could be reactivated in the future.

In March of 2017, Baldwin village council members approved measures and signed documents to allow GEO, Inc., to fund necessary repairs and expansions to the wastewater treatment plant to accommodate the facility.