EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSMcDowell County Plans Prison Expansion, Seeks Funds
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Reported by: Associated Press
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Jul. 14, 2013 3:38 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 14, 2013 10:57 PM EDT
Welch, McDowell County , West Virginia
McDowell County officials want to expand the Stevens Correctional Center to house an additional 144 state inmates.
The McDowell County Economic Development Authority recently acquired a structure behind the prison for the expansion.
The project is estimated to cost $4 million.
Authority director Peni Adams told the Bluefield Daily Telegraph that county officials are working to find funding for the project.
McDowell County converted an old hospital into the prison in 2006. The county manages the prison under an agreement with the state.
The prison currently can hold about 322 inmates.
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