The state of Alabama awarded a contract to construct a new male prison facility in Elmore County to Caddell Construction of Montgomery. 

Caddell is a major government contractor and does a large volume of work for the U.S. State Department, the Department of Energy, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and all branches of the U.S. military. 

The new facility, according to WSFA, is designed to house at least 4,000 inmates and includes space to help provide medical, mental health and substance abuse treatment.

During a special session in October, the prison infrastructure bill was signed into law, allocating $1.3 billion to the state’s prison system. Up to $400 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds will contribute to that amount. This is the first construction contract signed in relation to the plan.

The specific details of the contract for the Elmore prison have not yet been made available to the public.

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