FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) _ Military officials have broken ground on a new prison complex at Fort Leavenworth.
Dubbed the Midwest Joint Regional Corrections Facility, the prison will have space for about 500 minimum- and medium-security inmates from all branches of the military.
The prison will be built on 40 acres near the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth. It is scheduled to be operational by the fall of 2010.
Military officials decided to close prisons at Fort Knox, Ky., Fort Sill, Okla., and Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, and consolidate the operations at Fort Leavenworth. When the prison is done, the post will have about 200 new military and civilian jobs.