RE: Ward Cove Comprehensive
By Marina Keirn
November 23, 2009
Why not take the approach that the city of Seward took? When
they needed to create sustainable income and job opportunities,
they floated a bond and built a prison that was then leased to
the State of Alaska. A prison with between 300 - 500 beds would
create many opportunities for jobs as Correctional Officers,
Medical Providers (Mental Health, Dental, Medical, etc.), Administrative
staff, Maintenance personnel, and would also create more jobs
in the community through increased demand for Food supplies,
Office supplies, Mechanical Materials, Clothing vendors, etc.
The City and Borough have allowed monies to run through their
fingers so to speak with regard to this property, why not change
course and create something that would create positive long-term
revenue and jobs for our fine city?
Many families have family members which are currently incarcerated
in other facilities outside Ketchikan, with some even being housed
out of state. A larger prison located in Ketchikan would allow
for those family members to remain where their family support
base is located, it would create opportunities for half-way houses
to be formed in Ketchikan, and it would create a prisoner population
great enough that correctional industry and training programs
would be able to be implemented. This would benefit Ketchikan,
because those persons released back into the community would
now have employable skills that they learned while incarcerated.
About: " I am a long term
resident of Ketchikan, and I would like to see our fine city
have long term income and increase jobs. In this economy...
We need it! "
Received November 22, 2009
- Published November 23, 2009
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