Green Bay prison proposal to receive public hearing this week

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Legislation to close the Green Bay Correctional Institution and build a new facility in the Brown County area will receive a hearing at the state capitol, according to State Representative David Steffen (R-Howard). 

A public hearing on the bill is slated to happen in the Senate Committee on Government Operations, Technology, and Consumer Protection this week, according to Steffen’s office. 

Representative Steffen authored the proposal in response to what he calls significant cost and capacity concerns currently plaguing the 119-year old facility.

“I am looking forward to the opportunity to continue discussing this proposal and its benefits to
my community and our entire state. The cost and capacity concerns at GBCI aren’t going away
and I am dedicated to continuing my work in developing a cost-effective solution to this
problem,” said Rep. Steffen.

The bill establishes a public/private partnership in which the state would operate and staff the
facility, which would be privately constructed and owned. This model allows for significant
savings of taxpayer dollars attributed to reduced capital and operational costs, according to Steffen. 

The bill previously received a public hearing in the Assembly Committee on Corrections in May
of this year. The bill will now receive a hearing in the Senate, which is scheduled for Thursday,
October 19, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. in room 300 Southeast in the state capitol building.

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