Print Column: It’s the Department of Corrections, Not the Department of Commerce


MINOT, N.D. — Recently I wrote a post on my blogcommenting on the emerging debate surrounding Governor Doug Burgum’s proposed transition of the Dakota Women’s Correctional and Rehabilitation Center out of New England and to the Missouri River Correctional Center in Bismarck.

The men currently at the latter facility would be transitioned to the existing state hospital facility in Jamestown, with Burgum’s executive budget calling for an appropriation to build a new state hospital facility (also in Jamestown).

The post earned me a lot of blowback from opponents to the move. More on that in a moment.

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