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Alabama bypasses bid process to move fast on prison builds

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Alabama will be working directly with companies to build newly-approved prisons, instead of opening up the bidding process.

The building plans were signed into law by Gov. Kay Ivey last week and will use $400 million pandemic relief money. The construction will cost $1.3 billion total.

Lawmakers said bypassing the bidding process will allow the state to incorporate prior work with companies, saving time and money.

Caroline Vincent is a digital producer for Alabama Public Radio.
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