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Leaders meet in Washington on future of Phelps facility

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Local leaders traveled to Washington, D.C. this week to try to put new life into the old Phelps Correctional facility.

The state closed the prison near DeQuincy several months back.

Economic developers are working to find someone interested in the facility.

DeQuincy Mayor Lawrence Henagan and members of the Southwest Louisiana Chamber Alliance met this week with U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., to discuss their ideas.

Henagan spoke with KPLC on Friday about the meeting.

"We went up there to present a project to them we think will be a win-win for DeQuincy, for Louisiana and for the United States. We are working on one that, if we can get it to go through, would save, our estimates are -- save the country, the United States -- about $38 million a year at least on inmates. I can't say too much because with economic development, you don't want to put it out and people get it and steal our project," he said.

Henagan said Landrieu and U.S. Rep Charles Boustany, R-La., are helping them. He said if the project they are pursuing doesn't work out, they will find another.

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