Major Progress for Future Letcher Federal Prison
WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) announced that the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) has awarded a third-party contract to perform an environmental impact study (EIS) in connection with a proposed federal corrections facility in Letcher County. The EIS will provide a detailed analysis of two potential sites, already identified by a lengthy site selection study. These sites include 584 acres in Roxana and 753 acres in Payne Gap.
A January 2013 report by the Congressional Research Service observed a "historically unprecedented increase in the federal prison population" since 1980. The number of federal inmates increased from around 25,000 in 1980 to 219,000 in 2012, according to the report.
In 2006, Rogers secured an initial $5 million in Congress enabling the federal Bureau of Prisons to initiate the site planning and selection process, along with related environmental assessments for a possible Letcher County location. The EIS represents the next procedural step in the process of identifying and approving a Letcher County site for future correctional facility construction.
Rogers has served Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District since 1981. With a focus on economic development, job creation, fighting illegal drugs and preserving Appalachia’s natural treasures, he has a reputation for listening to his constituents and fighting for the region he represents. For more information, visit http://halrogers.house.gov/ or follow Rogers on Twitter https://twitter.com/#!/RepHalRogers or on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/#!/CongressmanHalRogers.