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State could take over short-term prisoners now housed by counties


WILLMAR -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty said he wants the state to take over housing "short-term" prisoners from counties.

Doing so would save the state and counties money, said Pawlenty during an interview Tuesday with the West Central Tribune.

Since 2004, as a cost-saving move for the state, counties have been required to house felons who have six months or less remaining on their prison term. Those prisoners are transferred from state prisons to a county to finish their sentences.

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Carolyn Lange
A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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