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Proposal to sell Green Bay prison up for hearing

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A proposal to sell a state prison in Green Bay is up for hearing before the state Senate.

The proposal to be considered Thursday calls for selling the 120-year-old Green Bay Correctional Institution and building a new prison in Brown County or an adjacent county.

Under the Republican bill, a private entity would build and own the new prison, allowing the home county and other jurisdictions to collect property taxes on it.

Supporters say a new prison is needed because the current one is over capacity and needs costly repairs.

The prison was originally a bicycle factory and, in 1897, was turned into a reformatory for men. It’s now a 29-acre maximum-security prison with an imposing perimeter wall and guard towers. The original stone-clad reformatory is on the National Register of Historic Places.

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