Arkansas will spend $6.4 billion in new state funding to build more than 3,000 new prisons, according to the governor’s office.
The money is part of a package that will also provide more than $3 billion for corrections departments across the state, including new construction and salaries for thousands of state employees.
The governor’s Office of Administration said in a statement that the money will help pay for new equipment and services to improve security and security systems.
It said the money is also to be used to upgrade jails and prison buildings.
Arkansas will also spend $2 billion for the construction of a new prison, according a statement from the governor, saying it’s part of the $6,800 per person inmate increase approved in January.
The governor’s announcement said the state will spend another $5.5 million on construction and $4.4 million on the new prison.
The new prisons will be built in three states: New Mexico, South Dakota and Oklahoma.
The Arkansas Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is building the prison in New Mexico.