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Bellows Falls Prison Project May Go Nowhere

The proposed prison in Bellows Falls VT, a source of contention, may not be going ahead after all. This announcement coming as an analysis of the building site is currently underway, which was revealed at Tuesday’s Rockingham Selectboard meeting.

The Eagle Times reports that Francis Walsh, the director of the Rockingham/Bellows Falls economic development office stated that the findings of a structural analysis of the build site for the proposed prison, which would be a $23 million dollar project and would house pre-trial detainees, might deem the site unsuitable.

The plan would renovate and convert the former Liberty Paper Company building to a detention center. Walsh also updated the Selectboard on two other potential sites that are federally funded.

Rockingham said no to implementing a prison in its town years ago, yet the town is now seeking federal assistance of nearly $130,000 to help with the plan.

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