Idaho Land Board eyes building a prison as an investment

Brad Little
FILE - In this March 13, 2020 file photo, Idaho Gov. Brad Little speaks at a news conference at his Statehouse office in Boise, Idaho. Legislation making abortion a crime in Idaho should the U.S. Supreme Court overturn the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing the procedure has been signed into law by Little. The Republican governor signed the measure on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, according to his website. The measure includes exceptions for rape, incest and the life of the mother. Criminal punishment would be a felony and apply to the person performing the abortion, not the woman. (Darin Oswald/Idaho Statesman via AP, File)

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Land Board is considering building a prison as a possible investment with $130 million it has accumulated through the sale of commercial and residential properties.

The five-member board that includes Republican Gov. Brad Little and four other statewide elected officials voted 5-0 Tuesday to direct the Idaho Department of Lands to look into the feasibility of building the prison and leasing it to the state.

The Land Board manages nearly 4,000 square miles Idaho received at statehood to benefit mainly public schools.

The board also oversees other investments.

Idaho currently has a prison capacity shortage and pays to keep hundreds of prisoners housed outside the state.