Republican legislators introduce bill to sell Green Bay Correctional Institution

Posted: 7:24 AM, May 15, 2017
Updated: 2017-05-15 20:25:15-04

Republican legislators want to sell a 120-year-old prison in northeastern Wisconsin and open a new facility.

Rep. Dave Steffen and Sen. Frank Lasee have introduced a bill that calls for selling the Green Bay Correctional Institution and building a new prison in Brown County or an adjacent county. It would be privately owned but the state would lease and run it.

Steffen and Lasee wrote in a memo seeking co-sponsors that the prison is over capacity and needs extensive maintenance work. Decommissioning the current prison also would free up land for re-development.

The bill doesn't lay out a selling price or allocate any money for leasing a new prison.

A public hearing on the measure is set for Tuesday.