New Va prison remains without prisoners$105 million. Thank God it's only money.
Independence, Va. (AP) -- Virginia's newest prison in Grayson County has no prisoners, the result of a state budget crunch and a downturn in the number of inmates statewide.
The Roanoke Times reports the 1,024-bed complex was completed four months ago at a cost of $105 million.
In the past two years, the number of inmates statewide has dropped by 2.8 percent, while the state Department of Corrections has trimmed its $1 billion budget and eliminated nearly 2,500 prison beds.
Corrections regional director John Garman says the new prison could remain empty for two years or longer. Meanwhile, taxpayers will shell out $715,000 this year to keep it running. [link]
It's only ... taxpayers' ... savings ... that ... would ... have ... gone ... toward ... the ... children's ... college ... education ...