EL DORADO, Kan. (AP) State prison officials say they want to build two new cell blocks, with a total of 512 new beds, at the El Dorado Correctional Facility.
If the Legislature agrees to fund the project, the El Dorado facility would become the largest prison in the state.
Corrections spokesman Jeremy Barclay said the department hopes to open the first cell block on Jan. 1, 2017, with the second opening 18 months later.
The Wichita Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/1ayAeol ) the project would cost an estimated $24.3 million, with annual operating cost of $8.3 million.
Barclay says if lawmakers refuse to approve the bonds for the project, the state will have to start housing inmates in other states or consider leasing space in county jails.