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Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 02/ 8/2011

Maryland gets $20M for new prisons

By Associated Press

The Maryland prison agency says the federal government will provide $20 million toward the cost of two new minimum-security state prisons in Jessup.

The deal announced Tuesday also gives the U.S. Marshals Service exclusive use of the former Supermax prison in Baltimore for housing federal detainees awaiting trial.

Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services spokesman Mark Vernarelli says the federal contribution reduces the state's share of the cost of the two new prisons to $26 million.

Public Safety Secretary Gary Maynard calls the arrangement smart government. He says it provides for reuse of an existing building and new space for inmates approaching release.

By Associated Press  | February 8, 2011; 12:51 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  
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it seems far too easy to find $20 million for new prisons, but its always almost impossible to find a dime for after school activities.

it's like the government wants a perminant criminal class of the population.

Posted by: MarilynManson | February 8, 2011 3:34 PM | Report abuse

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