According to InForum…
Legislation calling on the state to purchase or lease-to-own the Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton did not make it through the 2017 session, but the state is now obligated to take a serious look at the possibility of utilizing the facility.
Legislation approved and signed by Gov. Mark Dayton requires the Department of Corrections to hire an independent contractor to assess the facility and determine what, if any improvements would be required if the state were to house its inmates there. The assessment must be completed by January 15, 2018.
The Appleton Option announced the recent legislation to supporters on Friday, pointing out that it does not necessarily mean the facility will re-open as a state-run correctional facility. But it calls the legislation a “critical first step” in providing information towards that goal.