VA Builds More Prisons
-On the Line
A projected 38 percent increase in the states prison population within the next five years has prompted Governor Douglas Wilder to propose a $111.7 million prison construction project. The proposal includes construction of a 1,046 bed women's prison, a 697 bed men's prison, a 100 bed maximum security juvenile facility, a 24 bed work release center and a day reporting center that would handle as many as 600 prisoners assigned for technical violations of probation or parole. DOC officials had asked for $305 million but Wilder included only what aides said were the most critical projects in his proposal.