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Hayden officials say prison re-entry center not wanted

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Posted at 9:58 AM, Feb 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-25 11:58:32-05

HAYDEN, Idaho — Hayden city officials say they don’t want a re-entry center built in their northern Idaho town.

The Coeur d'Alene Press reports city administrator Brett Boyer sent a letter to the Idaho Department of Correction last week saying the city philosophically opposes the idea of a prison pre-release center in Hayden. Idaho lawmakers last year accepted a $12 million proposal to build the center in northern Idaho, and IDOC officials have looked for a site in Kootenai County.

The re-entry center is expected to hold up to 130 inmates, providing them with counseling and job opportunities to help them transition into the community upon their release.