This afternoon the Alabama State Legislature approved a historic measure to solve our state’s longstanding prison overcrowding issue. The Elmore County Commission appreciates that our state’s leadership recognized the value of locating these new facilities on existing state property in Elmore County. Loss of the current prison facilities in Elmore County would have severely impacted the current annual economic impact of $170 million. Today’s announcement not only will alleviate that possible negative economic impact from occurring but will aid in increasing the annual impact to an estimated $200 million. In addition, the new facilities in Elmore County are estimated to be a $767 million investment over the four year construction timeline. Special thanks to Senator Chambliss, Senator Barfoot, Representative Ingram and Representative Holmes for their leadership on this critical issue for our state and Elmore County along with our local stakeholders who have been supportive of efforts to retain state prisons on currently owned state property.