Plan for new Kansas prison faces skepticism from lawmakers
May 14, 2017
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Even as Kansas corrections officials move ahead with plans to build a new prison to replace the state's oldest and largest lockup, their project faces bipartisan skepticism from legislators worried that their oversight is being skirted.
Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's administration expects by the end of the week to have a list of qualified companies interested in building the new prison in Lansing. The project would cost up to $155 million; the cash-strapped state could finance it with bonds or lease the new prison from its builder for up to 40 years before buying it....