Update on Alabama super prison
The cost of a new Alabama super-size prison now under construction ballooned to more than $1 billion, complicating the state's plans to build two of the behemoth facilities.
The Alabama Corrections Institution Finance Authority approved a final price Tuesday of $1.08 billion for the prison now under construction in Elmore County.
The cost will devour most of the $1.25 billion lawmakers in 2021 initially agreed to spend to build two prisons each housing 4,000 inmates.
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey issued a statement blaming inflation for the price escalation but said the facility is needed.