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January 8, 2013

Idaho revives plan for $70M secure mental health facility

Associated Press

BOISE, Idaho — Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter on Monday put his support behind a plan for the state Department of Corrections to build a secure mental health facility near Boise.

Corrections Department Director Brent Reinke hopes to issue $70 million in bonds to pay for the 579-bed mental health facility, which is expected to hold a combination of mentally ill prisoners and people who aren't criminals but who have been involuntarily committed through the civil courts.

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