A community forum on a proposed privately run prison in Imperial County will start at 6 p.m. Sept. 13 in the Imperial Irrigation District boardroom auditorium, 1285 Broadway, in El Centro.
The forum will be sponsored by Correctional Services Corp. of Sarasota, Fla., which would build and operate the facility if it is approved.
The prison would be adjacent to the county jail south of El Centro and would house up to 1,500 low-risk criminal immigrants.
Ken Hollis, executive director of Imperial County Community and Economic Development, said the facility may mean up to $60-$70 million in new money to the area. Construction costs are estimated at $50-$60 million and from 300 to 350 jobs paying $18-$19 per hour would result.