After losing a vote in the North Dakota House of Representatives Feb. 19 by a lopsided 89-7 margin, the push by Gov. Doug Burgum to close the Dakota Womens Correctional Rehabilitation Center in New England faces the prospect of convincing the State Senate.
The measure was moved to the Senate on Crossover Day (Feb. 22).
The governor identified the New England facility as a target for closure in early December, coming as a surprise to local officials and even the warden of the correctional facility.
As part of his plan, the governor would reportedly move the women to the Missouri River Correctional Center near Bismarck. The correctional facility was opened in 2003 after renovating part of the old St. Mary’s School campus on Main Street. In the works also is a proposal that there would be a two-year study that would be finished when the next biennium is in session.
According to one person close to the controversy, it would allow the legislators to have some facts to work with in the next session.