Nova Scotia's NDP government will proceed with a plan to build a new provincial jail in the northern part of the province.

The previous Conservative government awarded the new jail to Springhill last April but the project was suspended by the NDP in September until a review could be done.

Justice Minister Ross Landry says the province has completed that review and will build a new 100-cell correctional facility at a cost of about $31.3 million.

The towns of Springhill and Amherst have been lobbying to be chosen as the site of the new jail.

Landry says the province will choose a location in the months ahead.

The jail will replace the aging Antigonish and Cumberland correctional facilities, which were built in 1948 and 1890 respectively.

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