PLCC gets unexpected bi-partisan public support at hearing Thursday

Pine Lodge Corrections Center for Women in Medical Lake got unexpected bi-partisan public support at a Thursday hearing in the Senate Human Services and Corrections Committee.

In a hearing on a sentencing alternative bill, Senate Majority Leader Sen. Lisa Brown, D-3rd Dist., was asked by committee member Sen. Val Stevens, R-39th Dist., if Pine Lodge was closing.

Brown responded that she hoped not.

“It would be my belief that we should maintain some capacity for women in Eastern Washington…,” Brown said.

“I believe it would be good state policy to maintain some capacity there.”

“I was just hoping this (sentencing alternatives) doesn’t help them (the Department of Corrections) close it. Because I agree with you I’d hate to see that happen.”