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 Cañon 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.
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