State Cancels Plans To Build New Fayette County Prison

By Ralph Iannotti

UNIONTOWN (KDKA) — The Corbett administration killed plans for a new 2,000-bed $200 million prison in Fayette County.

The reason was partly because of economics.

The administration put out a statement saying it would not spend $200 million unless absolutely needed and there are several prisons around Pennsylvania now underutilized

State Rep.Tim Mahoney, D-Uniontown, told KDKA-TV’s Ralph Iannotti he was stunned by the announcement.

He said it came as a complete surprise because every meeting he went to was positive.

Word that the prison would not be built is devastating to the Fayette County area.

“You have people who are without work looking for good paying jobs – what do you tell them now?” Mahoney said.

The prison plans were announced two-and-a-half years ago with much fanfare.

Mahoney said he wanted to meet with state officials to see if they would reconsider going forward with plans to build the prison.

  • RedMosquito

    The potential jobs lost versus the cost of housing 2000 inmates; this is a good move. Who pays for the housing of the said inmates? DYK, the prison industry is big business; Geo Group, Cornell, Corrections Inc (NASDAQ, NYSE), which begs the question: does Rep Mahoney have any type of interest in the afore mentioned?

  • Mon River Towing

    Hallelujah! Americans want this type of spending to stop. That’s why we voted in congressmen that would stop it. Maybe Mahoney doesnt like his present job? Bill Deweese either. Fayette County is among the most beautiful parts of the state. Keep it that way. It doesnt need a prison, not that we needed yet another in PA. Thanks Governor Corbett. Finally someone who gets it.

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