Communities vying for state prison center

Officials in Raymond and McCleary are hoping their communities will be the home of a proposed 1,024-bed state prison intake facility.

The state is asking local governments to sponsor applications for a new prison reception center, the first place offenders go after they are sentenced to state prison.

The Daily World reported that the proposed 356,000-square-foot center would cost about $167 million and be ready by 2016. The plan would allow the state prison in Shelton, currently used as a reception center, to transition to a regular prison again.