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Minnesota lawmakers want to use private prison

Published 02/24/2009, State Capitol Bureau

ST. PAUL — Some Minnesota legislators want to move more prisoners from state facilities to a private prison, saving the state $12 million in the next two years. Others object, saying prisons should be a state, not private, enterprise. The 776 medium security prisoners at the Moose Lake prison would be transferred to the Appleton facility under a bill promoted by Rep. Torrey Westrom, R-Elbow Lake, and Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria. Westrom said the bill is “another measure of common sense to save Minnesota money.”

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