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Mental-health prison facility needed

Washington prison officials are moving forward with a project in Thurston County that holds out hope for better treatment of mentally ill offenders held behind bars. The Legislature provided about $4.8 million in its capital budget to start design work on the promising venture. The project would replace the Maple Lane School in southwest Thurston County with a prison that specializes in mental health care.

Mental-health prison facility needed

Washington prison officials are moving forward with a project in Thurston County that holds out hope for better treatment of mentally ill offenders held behind bars. The Legislature provided about $4.8 million in its capital budget to start design work on the promising venture. The project would replace the Maple Lane School in southwest Thurston County with a prison that specializes in mental health care.