The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

April 10, 2013

Obama pushes for prison's opening

By Katie Dahlstrom
Herald Staff Writer

CLINTON — President Barack Obama's proposed budget includes funds for activating the long-vacant Thomson prison.

The budget, which was submitted to Congress today, includes $166.3 million to begin the activation of Thomson prison and two other prisons, acquire 1,000 private contract beds and to expand a program to reduce recidivism rates.

If fully funded by Congress, the President’s budget would likely cover the entire cost of upgrades and renovations to the facility. The full activation of Thomson prison is expected to take two years at a cost of $25 million in fiscal year 2014 for upgrades and renovations and $168 million in fiscal year 2015 for equipment and staffing.

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