The Corps of Engineers awarded a $40 million contract to global construction and engineering firm Parsons Corp. to design and build a prison for 3,600 inmates, along with educational and vocational facilities.
The Obama administration has asked Congress to approve about $350 million to buy and renovate an empty prison in Thomson, Illinois. The Bureau of Prisons would then be able to use the facility to house up to 2,600 federal inmates.
I will grant you that the costs in Iraq and Illinois are different but not by a magnitude of 14 times. Obviously the reason projects were never completed in Iraq stemmed from insufficient money in the budget.