The State Joint Finance Committee approved $5 Million to be included in the 2019-2020 budget to identify a new location for a prison to replace GBCI, install utilties to the site, and to accept RFPs for a new facility.
A statement from State Representative David Steffen’s Facebook Page read:
“Yesterday, the Joint Committee on Finance passed State Senator Rob Cowles and my budget motion which funds the first phase of replacing the 121-year old Green Bay Correctional Institution (GBCI). The $5 million approved yesterday, is required to be spent on land acquisition, utility services to the new prison site and requests for proposals (RFPs) for the prison’s construction.
I have consistently stated that Green Bay Correctional Institution is the most dangerous place in Wisconsin. GBCI is in need of $200 million in repairs, suffers from a 45% overcapacity rate and is ranked #1 for assaults on staff. We now have a clear path and timeline for a safer, more cost-effective solution to this problem.”
The following is a link of interest: https://fox11online.com/news/local/state-budget-includes-5-million-to-buy-land-replace-green-bay-correctional-institution
The goal is to close GBCI by 2024.