In Detroit, there is currently a plan before city officials that would allow a private company controlled by two billionaire sports team owners, Dan Gilbert (Cleveland Cavaliers) and Tom Gores (Detroit Pistons) to finance and build a new (larger) prison. With their own money.
The deal, now seriously being considered by city officials would allow the investor group to gain control of valuable city land where a smaller, uncompleted jail currently resides. The structure would be destroyed and become home to Detroit’s new soccer facility. The new prison — that will be placed down the road on top of less desirable real estate.
Both Gores and Gilbert have used taxpayer dollars to pay for their current sports stadiums. It is presumed that some of those same taxpayers will pick up the tab for their $1 Billion+ construction estimates for the soccer arena.