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Province expanding jails

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WINNIPEG — The province is expanding its capacity to handle inmates at The Pas and Milner Ridge near Lac du Bonnet.

A former women's unit at The Pas Correctional Centre will be rebuilt to add 40 new minimum- to low-medium security bed spaces in a dorm-style layout.

Construction will begin within the next month, and the project is expected to be completed late this year. It will cost an estimated $3 million. The dorm will have an "ideal capacity" of 122 beds, the province said.

As well, an additional 64 medium-security beds will be added to Milner Ridge Correctional Centre, bringing total ideal capacity to 364 inmates. The expansion will cost $17 million.

This follows a 150-bed expansion at Milner Ridge that was completed last year.

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