Next year the State could be closing one prison and start the process to build a new one. Budget cuts have lead to officials proposing the closure of the McNeil Island Corrections Center next April, and city officials in Raymond and McCleary are hoping their communities will be the home of a newly proposed 1,000 bed state prison intake facility.
The state is asking local governments to sponsor applications for a new Prison Reception Center, the first place offenders go after they are sentenced to incarceration in a state prison.
The proposed 356,000-square-foot center would cost about $167 million and be ready by 2016. The plan would allow the state prison in Shelton, currently being used as a reception center, to transition to a regular prison again. The new facility could create as many as 600 new jobs In Grays Harbor or Pacific County.
Raymond Mayor Bob Jungar says the process will be competitive but “anybody who doesn’t consider a pitch for this facility would be crazy.”
McCleary Mayor Gary Dent says it’s a great opportunity to create jobs and restabilize his community.