Wisconsin lawmakers propose selling historic prison

The 120-year-old prison in northeastern Wisconsin
Posted at 1:41 PM, May 14, 2017

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Republican legislators want to sell a 120-year-old prison in northeastern Wisconsin and open a new facility.

Rep. Dave Steffen and Sen. Frank Lasee have introduced a bill that calls for selling the Green Bay Correctional Institution and building a new prison in Brown County or an adjacent county. It would be privately owned but the state would lease and run it.

Steffen and Lasee wrote in a memo seeking co-sponsors that the prison is over capacity and needs extensive maintenance work. Decommissioning the current prison also would free up land for re-development.

The bill doesn't lay out a selling price or allocate any money for leasing a new prison. A public hearing on the measure is set for Tuesday.

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