Archive for Monday, December 12, 2011

Public meeting Wednesday to address proposed new Leavenworth prison

Bridgette Lyles, site selection specialist for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, speaks at Leavenworth's Riverfront Community Center during a public scoping meeting for a proposed new medium-security federal prison on the grounds of the current U.S. Penitentiary in Leavenworth.

Bridgette Lyles, site selection specialist for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, speaks at Leavenworth's Riverfront Community Center during a public scoping meeting for a proposed new medium-security federal prison on the grounds of the current U.S. Penitentiary in Leavenworth.

December 12, 2011

The Federal Bureau of Prisons will have a public hearing this week regarding a proposed new federal prison in Leavenworth.

The meeting will be 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Riverfront Community Center, 123 S. Esplanade St. in Leavenworth, according to a city of Leavenworth announcement.

The purpose of the meeting is for any interested residents to make comments about the proposed prison and a recently released draft environmental impact statement for the proposed project.

The proposed new federal correctional institution and prison camp would hold about 1,500 medium-security inmates and about 300 minimum-security inmates, Bureau of Prisons officials said at a public meeting in January. The officials said the facility would provide about 300 full-time jobs and have an annual operating budget of about $40 million. The new prison would be in addition to the existing U.S. Penitentiary in Leavenworth, located on the same grounds.

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