$28.4M to run prison near Yazoo City sought

Federal officials have proposed spending $28.4 million next year to operate a high-security federal prison in Yazoo City, a move local and congressional officials hope will boost the region’s economy.

Construction of the 1,216-bed facility is nearly complete and should be ready to open by early 2013, federal justice officials said.

Low- and medium-security prisons already operate 36 miles north of Jackson, in the same general location of the high-security prison under construction. Congress approved funding in 2009 to build the $205 million high-security facility.

Clarion Ledger