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Group Advocates For State Prison Revitalization

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee State Prison has been abandoned for years but one group has sought to revitalize the iconic building.

The site has been the famous setting for feature films, such as "The Green Mile" and music videos. The Tennessee State Prison in West Nashville has been rotting for years and one group said it hopes to highlight the site's history, and fight for it being preserved.

"I've passed by this place a thousand times and have always been curious about what happened there, what it's like inside," said Jason Hale founder of the group "Save The Prison."

The state closed the prison in early 1990's, but since then, despite begin the setting for a number of films, it has sat vacant.

Officials with the Tennessee Department of Corrections said it's working on a plan for the prison's future, which could move their headquarters out of this downtown office building and put everyone here.

"All of our Middle Tennessee prisons are out there, our support services are on the site so being able to consolidate and be in close proximity would allow us to not only be more efficient, but to be self-sufficient," said Dorenda Carter with the Department of Corrections.

The planning stage has yet to be concluded, but renovations would likely cost millions. While T-DOC officials said they'll preserve as much of the prison as possible, there's one thing Hale hopes they don't forget.

"I just hope that some way that they allow it where the public can come in and enjoy just a little bit of it and learn the history of it," he said.

The state's Department of General Services as well as T-DOC should announce final plans for turning the prison into office space sometime next month.

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