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New prison planned for Comanche County

Comanche County_ More prison space may soon be coming to Southwest Oklahoma.  Comanche County Commissioners plan to vote on a new private prison today.  The Geo Group has announced plans to construct the new prison in Comanche County, near the current Geo Correctional Facility on Flowermound and Tinney Road.

The new medium security prison will house over 1,500 inmates, and county officials say it will create 300 jobs with an annual payroll of over $12 million dollars.

"One of the advantages to the Geo Facility is it does not require any city funding, any county funding, whatsoever," said County Commissioner Ron Kirby. "It will be completely funded by Geo itself. They will start construction as soon as possible."

Kirby says construction should take about 14 months.

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