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State Corrections housing contract renewed

Mason County commissioners approved the state Department of Corrections contract renewal through 2025 at its June 20 meeting.

According to the information packet, the current contract was set to expire Friday. The contract is a standardized state contract for prisoner housing, and the Mason County Sheriff’s Office has not housed state prisoners for years due to booking restrictions based on a lack of beds.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and the change in state laws about drug possession, the inmate population at the jail has been at 55%...


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