Florida Governor Charlie Crist will ask state lawmakers for 400-million dollars to build additional prisons.
A 1,500 bed private prison opened in September at the Graceville Industrial Park.
Work is already underway to expand it by nearly 400-beds.
South Florida based GEO Group has bought 50 additional acres for a second prison.
The state Department of Corrections is Florida’s largest employer.
Florida Department of Corrections predicts a need for an additional 8,000 prison beds in the next year.