State Will Close McNeil Island Prison

Seattle Times:

The state Department of Corrections announced Friday that it will shutter McNeil Island Corrections Center and shuffle inmates and staff to other prisons to help address a growing budget shortfall.

After the prison closes in April, the state will save about $14 million through the end of 2013, according to budget analysts.

The closure will not impact the Special Commitment Center, which houses sexually violent predators and is run by the state Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS). The center shares the south Puget Sound island with the prison.