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The Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton has been closed since February, but a four-year guaranteed contract could bring 1,200 to 1,400 inmates to the prison and many of the 400 jobs lost due to the closure.

Closed Appleton prison could receive federal contract

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By Carolyn Lange

West Central Tribune

APPLETON - Optimism is high that Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton will reopen its doors to house federal inmates, with the potential of hiring back the 400 employees who lost their jobs when the facility closed Feb. 2.

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The Corrections Corporation of America, which owns the 1,675-bed facility, is submitting a proposal to house federal medium-security prisoners at the site.

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