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Posted: Monday, 13 February 2017 7:44PM

Kansas House panel not ready to endorse Lansing prison plan



TOPEKA, Kan. -” A Kansas House panel is not ready to endorse a proposal to have a private company build a new prison in Lansing and lease it to the state.

The Appropriations Committee on Monday voted 12-9 against including a provision endorsing the project in a budget bill. Members said they don't yet have enough information and shouldn't rush any decisions.

The Department of Corrections plans to solicit proposals from private companies to build a new prison to replace the state's oldest one and largest one in Lansing.

The department believes that with a new, modern building, it can cut the prison's staff by more than 40% and use the savings to cover an annual lease payment. The agency argues that the new building also will be safer.

AP News
02/13/2017 7:46PM
Kansas House panel not ready to endorse Lansing prison plan
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