Legislation sponsored by State Representative Tim Miller (R-Prinsburg) that would help re-open the Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton has been approved by the Minnesota House State Government Finance Committee.

Legislation sponsored by State Representative Tim Miller (R-Prinsburg) that would help re-open the Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton has been approved by the Minnesota House State Government Finance Committee.

Miller’s bill seeks $139 million in bonding proceeds so the State of Minnesota can purchase and upgrade the prison.

“The state has a need for more prison bed space, and re-opening the Prairie Correctional Facility is the most cost-effective and common sense solution towards solving this problem,” Miller said.

Already constructed and with space for 1,600 inmates, Miller said the Appleton facility is the more logical answer when compared to Governor Dayton’s idea of spending at least $141 million on a brand new facility containing 500 beds.

Along with putting the state-of-the-art prison back in business, Miller notes the nearly 300 good-paying union jobs that would be created once it has been re-opened.

“I was pleased with the committee’s feedback and support, and am hopeful for more positive progress in the weeks ahead,” Miller said.

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