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Decatur Co. beats 32 applicants for prison site

DECATUR CO., GA (WALB) -

By LeiLani Golden - bio | email

DECATUR COUNTY, GA (WALB) –The Corrections Corporation of America named Decatur County as the site for a new prison.

Plans include a $100 million-dollar facility on 110 acres of land located in the Decatur County Industrial Park off Highway 27 North.

Decatur County competed against thirty-two other applicants, including fellow finalist Lowndes County, to win the deal. Officials say the prison could bring as many as 500 much-needed jobs to the area.

But not everyone is happy with the idea of a prison in their backyard.

"Job-wise, it might be for somebody," says Phylecia Wright who lives near the proposed prison site. "But I really don't think just building a prison would create a better job for someone because people are going to be too worried about a prison so close in Decatur County."

Officials say the facility will be completely state-of-the-art.

They also add the prison, like other state facilities, will be highly secure.

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