SHAHEEN SAYS U.S. PRISON IN BERLIN EXPECTED TO GET FUNDING

by Christian Mower on November 16, 2011

U.S. SENATOR JEANNE SHAHEEN SAYS SHE EXPECTS THE BILL THAT WILL ALLOW THE NEW FEDERAL PRISON IN BERLIN,NEW HAMPSHIRE TO FINALLY OPEN WILL BE PASSED THIS WEEK.

SHAHEEN SAYS THE SENATE AND HOUSE WILL LIKELY PASS THE FINAL VERSION OF THE 2012 COMMERCE, JUSTICE AND SCIENCE APPROPRIATIONS BILL AND SEND IT TO PRESIDENT OBAMA FOR HIS SIGNATURE.

THE BILL INCLUDES $6.5 BILLION IN FUNDING FOR THE BUREAU OF PRISONS AND SPECIFICALLY PRIORITIZES FUNDING FOR THREE PRISONS IN THE U.S. – INCLUDING THE PRISON IN BERLIN – THAT HAVE BEEN BUILT BUT ARE STILL WAITING TO OPEN.

SHAHEEN SAYS THE PRISON IN BERLIN WILL PUMP $40 MILLION INTO THE LOCAL ECONOMY EACH YEAR AND IMMEDIATELY CREATE MORE THAN 300 JOBS IN A REGION THAT DESPERATELY NEEDS THEM.

THE 1,280 BED MEDIUM-SECURITY FEDERAL PRISON WAS FINISHED IN 2010 AT A TOTAL COST OF $276 MILLION.