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.
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