U.S. to review Colorado prisons for Guantanamo detainees

Oct 2, 2015 5:18 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senior U.S. officials say a Defense Department team will be visiting a state and a federal prison in Colorado to assess their possible for housing detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The move comes as part of the Obama administration's plan to close the detention center. Officials say that within the next two weeks, the team will visit the Colorado State Penitentiary in Canon City and a medium-security federal prison in Florence.

The Pentagon team also has surveyed the Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and the Naval Consolidated Brig in Charleston, South Carolina. The reviews assess construction costs and other changes needed to house the detainees and conduct military commission trials.

Cmdr. Gary Ross says that the Pentagon would upgrade the medium-security federal site if it's chosen.


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