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Second Emerald Detention Center Rejected in Caldwell County

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A private Emerald Corrections detention center proposal in the Caldwell County town of Mustang Ridge has been defeated, according to a local source who tells me that local officials did not think that the proposal would bring economic growth and worried about the impact of the detention center on property values. These concerns might be well-founded. As I wrote in a post last month, prisons can have a negative impact on long-term economic growth in slow-growing rural economies.

This isn't the first Emerald detention center to be defeated by residents of Caldwell County. After a groundswell of opposition, a similar proposal was defeated in January.

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