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Archive for Saturday, December 15, 2007

Brownback hopeful state can land new prison

December 15, 2007

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— Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback said Friday he believes Leavenworth, Kan., is a strong contender to land a new federal prison that officials want to build in the Midwest.

Brownback, a Republican, said officials at the federal Bureau of Prisons have expressed "an interest" in locating a maximum security facility at Leavenworth, though he stressed that no official decision has been made.

While there is no specific timetable for building the new prison, Brownback said a decision could be announced as early as next year if Congress designates money for the project.

"We're going to start working on the appropriations process next year" to get funding for the new prison, Brownback said.

Agency officials say they are still considering several sites.

"Leavenworth would certainly be considered if and when the project is pursued," said Bureau of Prisons spokesman Michael Truman. "There is no specific timetable at this time."

The U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth once housed some of the country's most notorious criminals as a maximum security prison. But it was converted to a medium security prison in 2005 and currently houses 1,900 medium- and minimum-security inmates.

Leavenworth officials have welcomed the idea of a new prison and the positive economic impact it would have for the surrounding community. A new prison would have about 1,400 beds and be staffed with about 300 employees.

Bureau of Prisons director Harley Lappin toured Leavenworth with Brownback in late September and met with Brownback's staff recently to discuss potential for the site in Kansas.

Brownback promotes Leavenworth as a "prison friendly community" where the Bureau of Prisons and the Justice Department already own land next to Fort Leavenworth that could accommodate a new prison. The cost savings of locating several facilities in one location is a key reason Leavenworth should have an edge in the competition, Brownback said.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years ago

"prison friendly community"

I bet that's how the Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce bills Leavenworth, don't you think?

marcdeveraux 7 years ago

yes lock up more people with drug habits, give millions in taxpayer money to construction companies,food providers and support a new growth industry.yes invest in human suffering and police control.wonder why we have so many criminals? because we send kids to jail for minor crimes teach them in prison to be better thugs.just more pork to secure votes for good christian brownback

SettingTheRecordStraight 7 years ago

marc, You are suppressing yourself with the kind of brainwashing you've bought into! Dude, seriously.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years ago

Exactly which parts of marc's post come from "brainwashing," STRS?

Centerville 7 years ago

Is this a part of the Prison Museum that Boyda's so anxious to waste money on?

Richard Heckler 7 years ago

Hey Sen. Brownback get off your rear end and bring back the much better paying jobs to the USA so people can pay for some education and feed their families. All a prison does is add a lot more to the taxpayers cost of living and we never get our money back. Kansas needs jobs back to america soooooo get on with it. You are part of the problem!

ahistorian 7 years ago

Actually Leavenworth's chamber uses the prison theme in getting people to come to the city. The phrase used is The Great Escape. They will even dress up in black and white prison uniforms to great tour buses. And the future Kansas Regional Prisons Museum is not a waste of money. The museum will preserve local history and educate the public about the corrections system. The educational programs would be beneficial to present and future law enforcement, sociologists, psychologists, social workers, historians and so on. No to mention that high school students would learn about how "crime doesn't pay" and hopefully it would make them want to continue to be good citizens and not end up behind bars. The feasibility study done projected 20,000 visitors a year to this museum. The tourism dollars would support economic development of the area creating jobs and increasing sales for area businesses. For more information about the future museum please visit www.ksprisonsmuseum.org.

As for "all a prison does is add a lot more to the taxpayers cost of living and we never get our money back."
The Lansing Correctional Facility inmates give back to the tax payers in many ways. They mow the rights of way, they respond to natural disaster clean ups like the tornado in Tonganoxie a few years ago and the ice storm. They built the original fire station on Kansas Ave and assisted with its expansion. They assist local governments with labor for projects. They also make toys and restore bikes and give them to local charities to distribute to kids who need them. This is just some of the things they do.

Richard Heckler 7 years ago

"As for "all a prison does is add a lot more to the taxpayers cost of living and we never get our money back." The Lansing Correctional Facility inmates give back to the tax payers in many ways. They mow the rights of way, they respond to natural disaster clean ups like the tornado in Tonganoxie a few years ago and the ice storm. They built the original fire station on Kansas Ave and assisted with its expansion. They assist local governments with labor for projects. They also make toys and restore bikes and give them to local charities to distribute to kids who need them. This is just some of the things they do."

Prisons cost a lot of money to operate. Should release whatever non violent criminals annually and early to make space for the really bad criminals.

lunacydetector 7 years ago

why wasn't lawrence considered? 300 good paying jobs and working for the gub'ment is right up the lunatic fringe's alley.

come on senator sam!

lunacydetector 7 years ago

we could also have the prisoners pick the weeds in our parks. the kooks could use them like slaves.

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