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Nacogdoches Prison Opposition to Petition to Change City Charter

In a story that could have broader implications about strategies of citizen groups to control the construction of prisons in their communities, a controversial proposed MTC federal prison may be challenged by a citizen petition effort, according to a story in the Daily Sentinal ("Group fighting private prison wants to amend city charter," January 19),

Around 40 people attended a Citizens Opposed to the Prison Site (COPS) meeting Monday, and the group's founder, Dr. Paul Risk, said the organization is moving forward with a petition that could change the city charter.

Risk introduced a petition that would put an amendment on the ballot in May that would require the city of Nacogdoches to provide for initiatives or referenda in its charter. Five percent of registered Nacogdoches voters, or about 850 people, would need to sign the petition requesting the amendment, Risk said. If approved, the citizens of Nacogdoches could vote down or uphold decisions made by the city commissioners.

See our previous coverage of the private prison controversy in Nacogdoches: