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Site Selected for Future Letcher County Prison

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Washington, D.C. , July 31, 2015 | Danielle Smoot (606-679-8346) | comments
U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers (KY-05) announced that the Federal Bureau of Prisons has released the final Environmental Impact Study (EIS) for a proposed federal corrections facility in Letcher County. The EIS contract was awarded in April to provide a detailed analysis of two potential sites. As a result, the study suggests that a 584-acre site in the Roxana community will be the best location for a new prison.

"The site selection for the new proposed prison is exciting news for the people of Eastern Kentucky, as we get one step closer to another opportunity to create hundreds of much-needed jobs in Letcher County," said Rogers. "The progress for this project is a testament to the local grassroots efforts of the Letcher County Planning Commission and I applaud their persistence in recruiting jobs to the region."

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 BOP Director will soon issue the official "Record of Decision" for the site selection. To read the EIS, visit:

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 or follow Rogers on TwitterInstagram or on Facebook.


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