Posted: Tuesday, February 27, 2001

Kenai assembly chooses prison partner

SOLDOTNA - Corrections Group North will help the Kenai Peninsula Borough in its attempt to plan, design and build a private prison on the Kenai Peninsula.

The borough assembly last week chose the group, led by Cornell Corrections, for the effort. Kenai officials hope to win a state contract for a private prison expected to go to a facility near Delta Junction.

Cornell is part of a team that includes the Kenai Natives Association, which first sparked interest in a prison on its land next to the state-run Wildwood Correctional Facility north of Kenai. It beat out a joint venture led by Management & Training Corp.

The borough administration and assembly is hoping Cornell can persuade lawmakers, the Knowles administration and the Department of Corrections to place the prison on the Kenai Peninsula. Borough Mayor Dale Bagley said the next steps involve negotiating a contract for assembly approval and preparing legislation to gain approval for the peninsula project at the state level.

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