Thanks for the reply's. I was finally able to get it. The first time I went into the red (not just spending more then I was making, my total simoleans were in the negative) I was offered the army base, missile range, and dump but no prison. Then I got out of debt and a little while later went slightly into the negative again and it was offered. I'm wondering if maybe there is some sort of population requirement to getting it?
For some reason I've been having a lot of trouble trying to get offered the Federal Prison business deal. Can anyone help clarify what exactly the requirements are for it to be offered are? Obviously I know that losing money and being in the red for your budget are generally the requirements for getting offered the business deals, but this is not working for me for the prison. I went 30k into debt and was never offered the Federal Prison. Every other business deal was offered except for that one. I've tried building all the other business deal buildings and waiting but that didn't work either. I've tried saving and reloading as well with no luck. I've had this happen in multiple other cities as well. That being said I have been able to get the prison offered to be in certain cities but of course it's never in the particular city that I want it in. I'm wondering if maybe it has to do with either having a certain number of police stations, jail overcrowding, or a minimum population? Any help would be greatly appreciated.