Bevin Signed Emergency Prison Lease Contract Before Leaving Office

State officials are questioning a last-minute move by former Governor Matt Bevin who signed a 10-year, 41-million dollar emergency lease for a private prison in Eastern Kentucky.
The Courier-Journal reports that by signing the emergency lease Governor Bevin was able to bypass the Capital Projects and Bond Oversight Committee. Members of the committee first learned of the lease in an email last Thursday.
In the final weeks of his unsuccessful re-election campaign, Governor Bevin announced his administration would lease a 656-bed facility in Floyd County owned by Corecivic to be operated by the Kentucky Department of Corrections.
Bevin said the prison would create 200 jobs and help reduce overcrowding in county jails across the state.
Under the terms of the agreement, the state will pay 3.75 million dollars per year for the first two years, with a five percent increase every two years for a ten year period.

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