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

Citing physical and service concerns, the North Dakota Department of Corrections are recommending the relocation of the women's prison in New England. Photo by James B. Miller, Jr. / The Dickinson Press

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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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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