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Gov. Jeff Colyer joined Corrections Secretary Joe Norwood on April 19, along with state and local officials, to launch the reconstruction of Lansing Correctional Facility.

"It’s a fantastic day and it really is about all of the people here that have put this together because this is so important for our state," Colyer said. "I want to thank all of you for being here and for being a part of this."

The 155-year-old facility is the largest and oldest correctional facility in the state. It is undergoing a two-year reconstruction, which will result in a 1,920-bed unit and a 512-bed minimum unit. The Kansas Department of Corrections has entered into a 20-year lease agreement with CoreCivic that will commence upon the completion of facility construction, with a base-year lease rate of $14.9 million, including an annual 1.94% rent escalator. JE Dunn Construction will manage the design and construction.

Staffed and operated by the KDOC, the facility will be leased from CoreCivic, which will also maintain the facility. The facility will be owned by the state of Kansas at the end of the lease.