The Director shall determine the necessity for and select the site of any new state
correctional facility and any land to be taken or purchased by the Commonwealth for
the purposes of any new or existing state correctional facility. The Director shall have charge of the construction of any new building at any state
correctional facility, shall determine the design thereof, and for this purpose may
employ architects and other experts or hold competitions for plans and designs. On or after January 1, 1996, at least ninety days in advance of the issuance of
requests for proposals for construction, notice shall be given by the Director to
the chairman of the board of supervisors or mayor of a county, city or town in which
the facility is to be established or expanded for the purpose of the confinement of
inmates. In addition, if the local governing body in the jurisdiction where the facility
is to be located so requests, upon receipt of such request, the Department shall hold
a public hearing in that jurisdiction. The Director may, if he finds it practical and economical, use persons sentenced
to the Department as laborers in the construction of such structures.
If land or property is taken or purchased by the Department, title shall be taken
in the name of the Commonwealth. The original names of all state correctional facilities shall be designated by the
Department and approved by the Governor.
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