State plan to close Pine Lodge prison on hold - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

State plan to close Pine Lodge prison on hold

Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich told The Spokesman-Review he and Mayor Mary Verner have discussed using Pine Lodge as part of a joint corrections operation Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich told The Spokesman-Review he and Mayor Mary Verner have discussed using Pine Lodge as part of a joint corrections operation
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SPOKANE, Wash. - State Corrections Secretary Eldon Vail says the state will delay plans to close the Pine Lodge Correction Center for Women to see whether it can be shared with inmates from Spokane County and the city of Spokane.
     
Vail said Thursday he needs time to consider proposals from the county and city. The 350-inmate prison was on a list of 10 institutions the state plans to close to save money.
     
Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich told The Spokesman-Review he and Mayor Mary Verner have discussed using Pine Lodge as part of a joint corrections operation.

Friday, the City of Medical Lake released a statement regarding the prison's possible closure. In the statement, the City warned that if Governor Gregoire chooses to close Pine Lodge, it will "take every action available, including legal, to prevent any other corrections facility from occupying that building."

The release also stated that the City is "both insulted and outraged" by the state's lack of communication and that it will not tolerate becoming a dumping ground for another "difficult to site" facility as city already contains five public facilities, including four state institutions.

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