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Thursday, May 24, 2007

CSP II To Break Ground

Even though the state didn't receive any bids during the bidding process to build another maximum security prison they are starting the process anyway.

Heavy equipment has moved into the prison complex east of CaƱon City in preparation of groundbreaking this week for the new Colorado State Penitentiary II, the Fremont County Commissioners learned Tuesday morning.

Melvin Cole of the Colorado Department of Corrections told the commissioners no bids were received during the official bidding process for the new prison. Regardless, the state elected to begin the work for the new prison, which has been at a standstill for years as the state struggled to fund construction funds.

CSP II will mimic the original Colorado State Penitentiary in architecture and purpose. Situated near CSP, the second penitentiary will have 960 beds for the DOC’s most violent, dangerous and disruptive offenders. It has a scheduled completion date of 2010, Cole said.

Canon City Record

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Even though the Gov Ritter has said that he wants to reduce the number of people who go back to prison and there are some 7 thousand inmates that need drug rehab and not to be put into prison and throw away the key.
They do not get any bids, after many years of being fought on building this 31st prison. This does not make sense.