The justice ministry is running into trouble with plans to build a 576-bed prison in Nicoya.
Lawmaker Marta Arauz Mora of the Partido Liberación Nacional said Wednesday that residents of the area do not want such a facility.
The proposed prison is the third and smallest of three that the Ministerio de Justicia y Paz plans to build. The ministry is involved in controversy now about the early release of inmates and overcrowded prisons.
The lawmaker said that the opposition to the prison reflected local sentiment and that crime and drug use increase in communities where there are prisons.