A new Fayette County prison will give the space needed to educate inmates and possibly stop them from
returning to its cells in the future, members of a committee said on Thursday.
The prison working
group committee, led by County Commissioner Al Ambrosini, discussed opening the facility to various county agencies to treat
and educate inmates in hopes of ending recidivism.
On Tuesday, Ambrosini and Commissioner Vincent
Zapotosky approved purchasing 58 acres in North Union and Dunbar townships to build the jail, with construction estimated
to cost $31 million.
The 98,000-square-foot facility with about 480 beds would replace the
1889 jail in Uniontown. Groundbreaking is scheduled for June.