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Lawmakers juggle costs of new or remodeled prison

Published 02/20/2008, N.D. Capitol Bureau

BISMARCK — Remodeling the current State Penitentiary to hold 1,000 inmates would cost $32 million to $45 million less than building a new penitentiary from scratch, but the cost of operating the remodeled prison would cost about $33 million more over 20 years.

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