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Maple Lane slated for closure

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on April 12, 2010 at 11:46 am with 2 Comments »
April 12, 2010 2:28 pm

The budget out today slates a juvenile detention center in Grand Mound for closure.

The Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration would have to close Maple Lane School by mid-2013.

Inmates would be moved to other facilities. According to a summary of the operating budget (now online – read it here) the capital budget that is also out today provides for borrowing more than $16 million to create new space for the displaced youth.

The general fund will save $5.8 million through the Maple Lane closure, according to the budget summary.

UPDATE: The closure is supposed to be accomplished in phases, with the facility scaling back to 70 percent of capacity over the next year, then shrinking to 40 percent, then 20 percent, before closing altogether by June 2013.

Word is, though, that there may be a floor amendment to keep Maple Lane open.

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  1. special__k says:

    Its time to cut the budget at Olympia, not our state prisons. I’m voting for change next election, straight REPUBLICAN ticket.

  2. Natalie Biro says:

    Clearly, closing maple lane is a mistake, Gregoire just sentenced your kid to hell, and she more or less just told all Washington residents that your kid is not worth helping, by not vetoing the closure. I’m for the girls, but, I can make an exception to that rule in Gregoire’ case !! I was at this school for nearly a year, some 35 years ago, and even though it is a prison for youth, they still treated me with as much dignity, and respect as could be afforded to anyone who is in the can !! I truly am sad to see this place close!!

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