CCA prison expansion is good sign

Published 1:06 am Thursday, May 15, 2008

Sometimes bad things yield some good ones, too. Unfortunate behavior has given Adams County’s newest industry a boost.

With the construction workers feverishly working to finish the new prison in eastern Adams County, Corrections Corporation of America is working to expand the facility to house even more bad guys.

With an additional 564 beds in the works, the yet-to-be opened prison will eventually house more than 2,200 inmates.

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The facility is a $135 million investment and is expected to employ approximately 300 people, too.

Word of the expansion comes as good news. As the national economy continues to rebuild after some slowdowns and the mortgage crisis, the Miss-Lou’s economy seems to keep growing.

The new prison is expected to be completed at the end of this year and begin housing inmates in early 2009.

While the mortgage crisis seems to have diminished the economy, the ever-growing number of incarcerated individuals seems to be growing day by day.

And, ironically for Adams County, that might be a good thing.

Sometimes dark clouds — even criminal ones — can have silver linings.