Tuesday, May 26, 2009

A Montana County Willing to House Gitmo Detainees

The tiny town of Hardin, Montana is coming to the rescue and taking in the current detainees of Guantanamo Bay after Gitmo is closed by the end of the year - as President Obama has said would happen. Hardin has offered its services and prison facilities as a new Gitmo for the current Gitmo detainees.

Hardin has a population of 3,400 and sits in the southeast corner of Montana - in the state's poorest county. Hardin is a small downtown and is deserted by midday. Their dollar store is going out of business and the Hardin Mini Mall is already shut. This town is in need of jobs and this presents the opportunity.

Hardin borrowed $27 million through bonds to build two correctional facilities - the Two Rivers Regional Correctional Facility - and create more jobs. The jail was ready to house prisoners two years ago but has not had even one yet.

Last month, the Hardin city council voted unanimously supporting a proposal to bring the Guantanamo Bay detainees to their prison.

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