New Prison Coming to Northeast Philly?
The City Council Committee on Public Property has signed off on a plan to purchase land in Northeast Philadelphia for what could be the first new prison in the city in more than a decade. The committee approved a plan to spend about $7.2 million to purchase 58 acres of privately owned land on which the city would build a new House of Corrections. The land is adjacent to the current House of Correction. Michael Resnick, Philadelphia's director of public safety says the old facility is outdated and not conducive to mass management of the roughly 1,500 inmates who are housed there. Resnick says purchasing the adjacent tract would allow the city to consolidate operations in the area, update the prison facility, and improve parking issues. The money approved by the committee is only for the land purchase; a new prison would cost hundreds of millions of dollars, and it would fall to the next mayor to spearhead that effort.
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