Nearly $500 million federal prison coming to Letcher County

LETCHER CO., Ky. (WYMT) - Congressman Hal Rogers tells WYMT a nearly $500 million dollar federal prison is coming to Letcher County.

The prison is expected to create more than 300 new jobs.

Congressman Rogers has worked on this project for 14 years.

"So it's a big victory for Eastern Kentucky in our efforts to find those jobs to replace the ones we lost throughout the coal downturn so this is an eastern Kentucky victory and one that I'm especially proud of," Congressman Rogers said.

Rogers says the prison will help relieve overcrowding in the federal prison system.

It is expected to be about a year before construction begins.

Congressman Rogers released this statement:

“With funding in place and the completion of environmental studies, today’s announcement is a tremendous milestone for Letcher County and the surrounding area. This new high-security prison will create hundreds of new jobs in a region that has been plagued by the downturn in the coal industry. BOP estimates the facility alone will have 300-400 employees, and we’ll see hundreds of indirect jobs as well. The Letcher County Planning Commission has done an incredible job muddling through this complex process and preparing the community for this important project. Not only will this project be a long-term economic shot in the arm for Eastern Kentucky, but it will also provide much-needed relief for the federal prison system. BOP still has challenges with overcrowding in high-security prisons. This new facility will help increase safety and security for inmates and prison staff alike.”

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