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Billerica objects as state readies prison expansion

The state is preparing for a nearly 500-bed expansion of the Middlesex House of Correction even as the project draws fire from Billerica’s Board of Selectmen.

State officials say the $37 million expansion is needed temporarily to relocate about 400 pre-sentence detainees from the overcrowded Middlesex Jail  in East Cambridge to the Billerica facility while the state seeks to develop a new combined courthouse and jail complex in southern Middlesex County.

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