The Frank Young House, an Arlington halfway house that gave nonviolent felons an alternative to prison, has been closed after the state canceled its contract, a spokeswoman for the Virginia Department of Corrections said yesterday.

Dee Malcan, chief of operations for the Corrections Department, said Offender Aid and Restoration of Arlington, the nonprofit group that operated the halfway house, had violated "basic administrative and supervisory standards."

Malcan would not specify the violations. She said representatives of the group are scheduled to meet next week with corrections chief Edward Murray.

She added that the group was warned about the state's concerns two years ago and that similar problems were found during a state inspection in December.

The $167,600-a-year contract was canceled last Friday and the house, at 901 N. Oakland St., closed that day.

Program officials were unsure how many men were living in the house last Friday, but said it was no more than two or three. All were placed in other residential programs, said Brian McGrath, chairman of the board that runs Offender Aid and Restoration.

McGrath said he was puzzled by the cancellation of the contract and said the group has not received the findings of the state inspection.

The group will try to win back its old contract to operate the decade-old program, he said, the only one of its kind in Arlington.