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Criticism of Kansas prison plan reflects lawmakers' distrust


December 3, 2017

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas legislators' criticism of a plan to build a new state prison reflects bipartisan mistrust of the Department of Corrections and doubts that it seriously considered a potentially cheaper alternative to leasing the new facility from the company building it.

The department plans to have private-prison giant CoreCivic Inc., based in Nashville, Tennessee, oversee construction of a 2,400-bed prison in Lansing to replace the state's oldest and largest prison there. Kansas would pay for the two-year, $170 million project by leasing the prison for 20 years, with the state c...

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