The saga of the Green Bay prison continues as lawmakers battle over future plans

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ALLOUEZ, Wis. (WFRV) – The Green Bay Correctional Institution (GBCI) has sparked controversy among State officials for years.

While State Representative David Steffen proclaims that GBCI is structurally and operationally failing so a new facility is what is best for the community, Governor Tony Evers argues that the community has been and remains to be safe.

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“That building, 126 years old, is one of the oldest operating prisons in the entire country,” stated Representative Steffen. “It is unhealthy, it is unsafe, and it’s unsustainable.”

“I think the community is very safe. There’s nothing new there,” said Governor Evers. “We’re doing the best we can under the circumstances, but it has to be done system-wide.”

In reports from the American Correctional Association and American Disabilities Association, experts said the building is no longer suitable for corrections programming, and 95% need fixing.

“We just can’t say that place is old therefore we have to close that down because then what happens when the other facilities are empty,” said Governor Tony Evers. “We just can’t afford to have empty facilities.”

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Meanwhile, Rep. Steffen told Local 5 that he doesn’t think the Governor has any more to say on the matter, but he hopes to change the Governor’s mind and get Evers to reconsider his position on the issue.

“It’s unfortunate that the governor doesn’t even want me to talk about this issue, and this is an important issue for the state of Wisconsin,” he said.

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