FAYETTE COUNTY (KDKA) – Last month, Fayette County commissioners elected to build a new $30 million prison. It’s a decision residents are still angry about.

Those who are opposed to building a new prison have planned a rally for Tuesday morning. They are hoping to present signatures to the county in the hopes of getting the issue on an upcoming ballot.

The current prison is 125-years-old, overcrowded, falling apart and is not up to state standards.

Commissioners voted 2-1 to build a new facility near the Fayette County Fairgrounds after a study last year showed that the option would be more cost effective than renovating the current prison.

However, not everyone agrees with that decision.

“It’s not a matter of we don’t want a prison. I think we all know we need a prison. But again, we are being locked out. This is a one-sided deal,” Terry Kris said.

The group that has planned the rally claims to have 2,000 signatures supporting their point of view.

The rally is planned for 11 a.m.


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