A new close custody prison in Bertie County is expected to provide a major economic boost to the area. Local and state officials gathered in Windsor Tuesday as the Bertie Correctional Facility officially opened its doors. Department of Correction officials say the prison will employ just over 400 people. The average salary is around $25,000 per year. County officials say the benefits of the prison to the community extend beyond just jobs. The prison is scheduled to begin accepting inmates this July. Construction of the facility began in January 2004.