Montco Prison Expansion Bids Awarded

montco_courthouseThe Montgomery County Commissioners have awarded bids for a major expansion project at the county prison in Eagleville. Warden Julio Algarin says it’s a minimum-security facility.

“It’s not the lock them up 24-hour security kind of building.  It’s a dormitory type building, and it meets and addresses our needs that the courts and the criminal system in Montgomery County had pursued.  We’re going into more programming, we’re going into increasing work release, we’re looking for spaces for our DUI offenders, which total now probably about 60 or 70 every weekend, and right now we have to shift beds around.”

Algarin says it also has an area for Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings, as well as other programs to help inmates prepare for returning to the outside world, but it’s still a prison, and they still have to maintain security.  The five bids awarded Wednesday total more than $21.5 million, and a few more bids still need approval.  The total cost should be $24 to $25 million.  Construction should start in June and wrap up in about a year.