Nacogdoches won't get federal prison

Nacogdoches, TX (KTRE) - A proposed federal prison will not be built in Nacogdoches. City manager Jim Jeffers shared a letter from the Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons telling the firm, 'Management and Training Corporation', that its proposal has been excluded from the competitive range.   The letter states, "After evaluating this proposal in accordance with the terms of the solicitation, it was determined that this proposal was not among the most highly rated proposals. A proposal revision will not be considered."

This comes as good news to the Citizens Opposed to the Prison Site (COPS). Paul Risk, the chair of the grass roots group said today,  "That prison was going to be a blight on Nacogdoches. You don't know how many people will be relieved by this information." Close to 3,000 people who live within and out of the city limits signed a petition voicing their opposition.

The prison issue is considered a possible factor in the outcome of the mayor's election. Incumbent Roger Van Horn fully supports the prison. His opponent, Richard Johnson does not. Today's news to scrub the prison comes one week before the May 9th election.

An e-mail from Jeffers office stated the Nacogdoches Economic Development Corporation (NEDCO) would issue a press release this afternoon. As of 5:20 p.m. no release has been sent to KTRE.