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Markkanen promotes Camp Kitwen as regional jail


May 4, 2019

LANSING — State Rep. Greg Markkanen, R-Hancock, is advocating Houghton County acquire a closed prison facility in Painesdale and convert it into a regional jail for the Western Upper Peninsula.

Markkanen said he recently set up a meeting between county and state officials regarding the acquisition of Camp Kitwen, a low-security facility that closed in 2009.

“It is my hope that Houghton County commissioners will consider purchasing Camp Kitwen from the state to use as a jail facility and provide for a long-term inmate facility for the Western U.P.,” Markkanen said in a statement.

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