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River North Correctional Facility has support in Both House and Senate Budgets

For Immediate Release

February 5, 2013


Delegate Israel O’Quinn

Contact: Jacob Holmes (804) 698-1205


River North Correctional Facility has support in Both House and Senate Budgets

The House of Delegates and the Senate both released their proposed budgets on Sunday evening.  Included in both budget bills is proposed funding to open the River North Correctional Facility in Grayson County. 

The House’s version took a more aggressive approach with a scheduled opening of October 2013.  Ultimately, the opening date will be decided in the Conference Committee.  Since both legislative bodies have included the prison in their budgets, the opening of the River North Correctional Facility in the near future looks very promising.

“I am incredibly pleased that both the House and the Senate included funding for the prison in their budget proposals.  This facility, that has sat mothballed since its construction, will provide much needed jobs to the Twin County region.  This is great news for our district and Southwest Virginia,” Delegate Israel O’Quinn (R- Washington) said on the proposed budgets.

Senator Bill Carrico (R – Grayson) also played a large part in working to get the prison opened.  He has long been an advocate for opening the prison during his time in the Senate and in the House.  With his appointment to the powerful Senate Finance Committee this year, Senator Carrico has even more influence on seeing the prison open.

With both the House and the Senate putting funding for the River North Correctional Facility in their budgets, the opening of the prison appears eminent.

Delegate Israel O'Quinn represents the Fifth House District, which is comprised of the Cities of Bristol and Galax, Grayson County and parts of Smyth and Washington Counties.  www.israeloquinn.com

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