MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama’s governor is asking four companies to submit bids for building new state prisons.

Gov. Kay Ivey announced Tuesday that four developer teams have qualified for the next stage of the bid process. Ivey's press office said the firms are The GEO Group, Corvias, CoreCivic and Alabama Prison Transformation Partners.

GEO and CoreCivic are two large private prison companies. Alabama Prison Transportation Partners is a project of multiple entities, including BL Harbert International.

Ivey in February announced a plan to build three new large regional prisons to replace most state prisons.

Ivey’s office says the request for proposals will go out to the companies next month. The proposals are expected to be received in spring of 2020.

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