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Budget keeps McNeil open at 1/5 size

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on April 12, 2010 at 10:45 am with 11 Comments »
April 12, 2010 10:45 am

Senate and House budget negotiators say a deal still stands that would downsize the prison on McNeil Island by 80 percent.

Pierce County lawmakers were unable to secure a smaller cut to McNeil Island Corrections Center in the budget deal reached Sunday. Now we’ll see whether any of them try to amend the budget on the House or Senate floor.

If not, the prison will keep just 256 inmates, down from about 1,200. Under the deal, the prison would eventually close and be replaced by a new prison in western Washington. The plan is for the new lockup to end up somewhere in central Puget Sound, a key negotiator said.

McNeil did manage to avoid the total, immediate closure proposed by Senate Democrats. An Eastern Washington women’s prison did not have the same success; Pine Lodge will close. Larch men’s prison, in southwest Washington, came off best of the threatened prisons; its size will be cut by half.

Democrats were being briefed on the budget today and it is now available online. See anything interesting? Post to the comments.

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  1. So we are closing prisons and building new ones? This is what we get when we elect this ilk…………..

  2. Whatever1214 says:

    I say we move the legislature to McNiel. They can do their work there and, depending on the work they do, we will vote to either send a ferry over to get them at the end of the session, or not.

  3. This is what you idiot liberals get for electing the tax guvnah. “Taximator” . Nice.

  4. Are you fricken kidding me? This is the prison they choose to close.?The one on the island that makes it difficult to escape is safe. Yep, that’s the great minds of Washington State. I do hope you all liked your ride while you had it because I believe its time to give up your seats. I wonder if that bum down the road needs a job, we surely need a new Governor. Oh, loved the idea of sending the Leg over to the island.
    I am deeply saddened that the people we ask to give our votes have so defiantly screwed us out of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
    Please read “The 5000 Year Leap”, its how we were to be governed by the framers of our beloved country.

  5. Remember David Brame!

  6. special__k says:

    Hard to believe that even Democrats would have that much gall. With the rising unemployment, and crime on the rise as a result, the cuts they decide on are to cut prisons, AND EVENTUALLY CLOSE THE BEST ONE IN THE STATE????? I’m not going to rant and rave on this, I’ve made up my mind, straight REPUBLICAN ticket next election. I’m tired of this.

  7. DrWernerKlopek says:

    This closing of McNeil to build another one elsewhere reminds me of the time Tacoma decided to save a few pennies by turning off all the street lamps, lamps that had been running in the on position for decades. When the dim bulbs that pass themselves off as leaders went to turn the lights back on once the budget crisis was over. “Oh gee a bunch did not come back on and it will take twice as much money that we saved to replace them.” Same thing will happen.

  8. steilacoommike says:

    Close a prison that has had tens of millions of dollarars work done on it, in just the last few years. The living units were re furbushed in 1995. The Special commitment center,for the absolute worst sex offenders is located there. Do this to an institution that last year was accredited by the American Correction association, at great cost. Close MICC,then spend almost A HALF A BILLION BORROWED DOLLARS to build as new one?!? Freakin’ unbeleivable

  9. derekyoung says:

    The reason it’s being reduced in occupation and headed to closure is that it’s much more expensive to run an island prison than to run a regular prison.

    There’s only so much money and wasting it to send material and personnel everywhere by boat just isn’t worth it.

    Conservatives should be applauding, this is exactly what you’ve been asking for.

  10. steilacoommike says:

    Both Monroe and Walla Walla cost more to run than McNeil. I can’t imagine anyone wanting to move the Special committment Center any where,and the McNeil infrastrucrure(water treatment,sewage,ferries) will still have to stay in place. These use inmate labor,at 41 cents an hour. The only way to reduce costs,other than move the SCC to a neighborhood near you, is to fully utilize or expand the current prison. The consulting firm that the state hired for half a million dollars said this. Now they want to spend $450 billion to build a sparkling new prison?!? Unbelievable

  11. Trish*Mother severly depresed says:

    My son is at MNCC he is being moved so far away that I will never get to see him. .I live in the Portland, Or area nI have fought 3 cancers ,countless surgeries I am over 55 yerars old on SSI. I can barely drive the 3 hours it takes to get to MNCC now I can not drive to Coyte ridge its way to far for me I am the only one viviting him that he has to visit they could put him at Stafford he is not a trouble maker. When he was at spokane prison for 7 years I did NOT see him. This is very sad for me its very dumb to move him so far. Away from his only family member don’t uyou think so from sad depressed thanks for a lousy mothers day now

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