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County considering building new $40 million prison outside city

February 8, 2013

Lycoming County is considering a $40 million plan to build a new county jail outside of the city after consultants presented a plan today to the county Prison Board....

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Feb-08-13 10:15 PM

what i dont understand is, the taxes had to go up so much because the county is falling under. after the budget and everything has been passed, taxes have been raised, suddenly there is MILLIONS of dollars to build prisons and new buildings all over the place. lets just not build stuff and save the taxpayers money..

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Feb-08-13 7:03 PM

Oops.. be careful what you post Anti-Gabe, the S.G. has thin skin when it comes to offending a God.

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Feb-08-13 3:52 PM

For 146 more beds at $273972.60 each, what a deal, spend,spend,spend.

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Feb-08-13 3:15 PM

Hey rick, I think I heard that the new prison will be next to your house!!!

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Feb-08-13 1:30 PM

Dude, Mayor Campana's flights of fancy richly deserve sarcasm and ridicule, in my opinion.

ww, I see your reply to my laser tag comment has 1 Disagree. Is it that they don't like laser tag or that they think a prison would be the perfect place for it?

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Feb-08-13 1:19 PM

1.Sarcasm and ridicule will not make this any better if they do agree to this. 2.Any person who sees the prison system as profitable has to be delusional. On average custody of an inmate costs about $30,000 per year. Currently the county charges $10 a day. Assuming that any given inmate pays all of that (and most do not) that is $3650 a year. The county does save a significant amount of money through using Pre-Release Center as a source of workers at the landfill. This does not make the prison by any means profitable. 3.State Grants? really, where do you think that money comes from? Tax dollars, from all the tax paying citizens.

Any Questions...

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Feb-08-13 12:48 PM

I've got it! Any time an "undesirable" tenant attempts to register to rent in Williamsport Gabe can just ship them on over to the "old" jail to live! Then we'll really know where they all are, right?

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Feb-08-13 12:46 PM


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Feb-08-13 12:36 PM

More beds = more revenues for the county with inmate rent and state grants. The country jail/pre release is by far a huge profitable business for the county.

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Feb-08-13 12:35 PM

Maybe a "Cell Block 2", with country music in this one.

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Feb-08-13 12:08 PM

Spike, so you're telling me that if it WERE city owned Gabe would already be chomping at the bit to get his hands on it?? jk

ww, I think it would be a sweet place for laser tag. You could play guards against prisoners, run riot sims, give all the gun lovin' peeps on here a place to take out their frustrations...just think of the possibilities!!

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Feb-08-13 12:06 PM

Maybe have a private company do it. It will be better for all of us. They do it all over the south. Then the county doesnt need to hire anyone else.

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Feb-08-13 11:53 AM

Despite your sarcasm djz, a Lazer Tag facility would be sweet! Just ...not in a Prison.

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Feb-08-13 11:52 AM

Who pays for this? Will this Prison mean that the majority or large portion of current inmates(at the time of the actual opening) in the current prison and prerelease centers be transfered to the new prison? What will this do to address the crime issue within the city?

Questions like this are what I'd like answers to, what is the thought process behind the development? It's got to be more than just "we're running out of room".

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Feb-08-13 11:49 AM

The county owns the prison, not the city.

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Feb-08-13 11:18 AM

Next we'll hear Gabe is planning to turn the new "old" jail into another entertainment complex. Probably already lining up a minor league laser tag franchise to come in and provide hours of fun for all!

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