“Today’s hearing was an important step forward in an ongoing conversation about a complex topic,” said Swift County Commissioner Gary Hendrickx. “Legislators need to have serious conversations about the best ways to address our prison overcrowding problem — which ultimately needs to include options for additional bed capacity and sentencing reform. "
“We are urging the Governor and the legislature to keep all options on the table as they work to address these important public safety issues. Leasing or purchasing the Appleton facility would provide significant economic benefits and create good-paying union job opportunities for our region. Just as importantly, all inmates in the State of Minnesota’s care would be treated equally and have access to the rehabilitation programming they need.”