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Funds committed to new $444 million federal prison in Letcher County

The preferred site in Letcher County identified by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons for a high-security prison is a spot at Roxana that was flattend by surface mining. 8/6/2015.
The preferred site in Letcher County identified by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons for a high-security prison is a spot at Roxana that was flattend by surface mining. 8/6/2015. bestep@herald-leader.com

Funding to build a new prison in Letcher County was confirmed by U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Wednesday.

The Bureau of Prisons plans to use $444 million in federal money to build the prison on a 700-acre site in Roxana, according to a news release from the office of U.S. Representative Hal Rogers. The location was selected after an environmental study.

The prison could create about 300 full-time jobs, according to the news release.

“This facility will provide hundreds of good paying, full-time jobs as our region struggles to rebound from the devastating loss of more than 10,000 coal mining jobs over the last eight years,” Rogers said. “It’s also a testament to the perseverance and hard work of the Letcher County Planning Commission that has worked diligently to bring a federal prison to Letcher County.”

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