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Idaho opens drug-treatment prison

Here’s a news item from The Associated Press:  BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho leaders attended a ribbon-cutting to officially open a new $50-million drug treatment prison near Boise. Inmates will start moving into the 432-bed minimum security Correctional Alternative Placement Program in July. The prison is designed to provide offenders who would normally be sentenced to two or more years in prison with an intensive 90-day substance abuse treatment program in hopes of curbing future criminal behavior. The prison will be run by the Utah-based Management & Training Corporation, a private company based in Centerville, Utah. Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter joined Idaho Department of Correction and MTC officials for the event Tuesday.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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