Prison expected to house more than 1,000 inmates

Reporters take a tour of Goose Creek Correctional Center on Thursday northwest of Anchorage. A test group of 30 minimum security inmates will be transferred there around March, moving from dorm to dorm to make sure things like locks and plumbing work as intended. A legislative audit of the project's costs, scope and location is under way.

ANCHORAGE — A new prison north of Anchorage is preparing to receive its first batch of prisoners.

The Anchorage Daily News reported the Goose Creek Correctional Center will be able to house 1,536 inmates. The medium-security prison has dorms — a modern version of a cell block — and a prison post office, dining hall, clinic, barber shop, gym and prison job sites.

It also has two, 12-foot-high fences fortified with razor wire, and 800 cameras inside and out.

A test group of 30 minimum security inmates will be transferred to Goose Creek around March.

If legislators approve money to run the prison, most of the 1,000-plus inmates now confined in a private prison in Colorado eventually will be transferred to the new prison.

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