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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - The state will close the McNeil Island Corrections Center next April 1 to save money. This is the third Department of Corrections prison to close in the past year as officials grapple with a growing budget deficit. McNeil Island is near Steilacoom in south Puget Sound.

The state said Friday the approximately 500 prisoners will be sent to other institutions. McNeil Island is also home to the Special Commitment Center, where sexually violent predators are indefinitely held for treatment after completing their prison sentences. That center is operated by the Department of Social and Health Services and will remain open.

 

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