No Shakopee prison fence under House bonding proposal 23 Mar 12

The Minnesota House bonding proposal released earlier this week included more than $4 million for projects at two state prisons but did not provide for a security fence at the Shakopee Women’s Prison.

The fence proposal has been debated on both the local and state level, with its most recent setback coming last month when the House Capitol Investment Committee said the price tag was too big and then suggested a chain-link fence.

Some Shakopee residents have spoken out against the idea; the Department of Corrections, the prison warden and the Shakopee City Council have spoken in support of adding a brick and wrought-iron fence with invisible detection system. That project would have a price tag of approximately $5.4 million.

Overall, the Republican-controlled House bonding proposal slotted $5 million less for Department of Corrections projects than would be funded under DFL Governor Mark Dayton’s plan, which was released nearly two months ago.

The Shakopee fence was included in Dayton’s plan and could possibly make it onto the Senate version of the bill.