Alabama looks at buying private Perry Co. prison

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Legislature is one step away from approving a bond issue that would allow the state to buy a privately operated prison in Perry County.

The legislation would permit the state to issue $60 million in bonds to buy and perform work on the Perry County Correctional Center, which is owned by LCS Corrections Services of Lafayette, La.

A spokesman for Alabama's prison system says Alabama already houses about 400 inmates at the prison near Uniontown. It was designed for 750 inmates.

The bond issue legislation has passed the Senate and will be awaiting a vote in the House when lawmakers return to Montgomery on Wednesday.

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