Lawmakers OK bill that could give Ala. new prison

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The state of Alabama may soon have its
first new prison since 1997.

The Alabama House approved a bill in the final minutes of the 2010 session Thursday night to permit a $60 million bond issue that would allow the state to buy the privately owned Perry County Detention Center near Uniontown.

Prison officials say they badly need the space in the 750-bed facility.

The current owners say after being refurbished the prison could house up to 2,000 inmates.

Alabama currently has over 31,000 in a system designed to hold less than half that number.

Local officials say the jobs at the prison are badly needed in a poor county with unemployment near 20 percent.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Lowell Location: Dothan on Apr 27, 2010 at 02:06 AM
    WOW!So this is where you anti-bingo idiots wanted our hard earned tax dollars to be spent.I get it now,we're working to pay for a 60,000,000 dollar prison for some other county to benefit from the jobs it creates.DUH,So since you morons think e-bingo causes crime rates and the like to increase why not let cc come on in to town so we to could get a 60,000,000 dollar prison that we could spend our hard earned tax dollars on.Maybe our unemploted cc workers could just work there and we would,t be spending our hard earned tax dollars on unemployment compensation.What a bunch of idiots.LET THE PEOPLE VOTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!LET C.C.OPEN.
  • by Joey Location: dothan on Apr 26, 2010 at 08:19 PM
    use the penalty prescribed by the thirteenth amendment to punish some criminals and we woudnt need so much prison space. Especially for people who are not citizens of our country and have not followd proper immigration procedures and who shouldnt be draining our tax dollars.
  • by whyaname Location: Al. on Apr 25, 2010 at 03:00 PM
    we need more jail with all the mrth dealer an street walker but you got to make money someway
  • by GH Location: Enterprise on Apr 25, 2010 at 02:17 PM
    New prisons are one of the few things money should be spent on. Too many criminals out on the street. Wish they'd get a real death penalty working so we could get rid of the trash on death row.
  • by ran3 Location: Al on Apr 24, 2010 at 06:07 PM
    THATS how you create JOBS!!!!!
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