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Conrad tours HACTC

By Staff | Nov 25, 2009

Sen. Kent Conrad made a stop in Rugby on Nov. 22 to meet with staff at the Heart of America Correctional and Treatment Center (HACTC) and receive a tour of the facility. Conrad was accompanied on the inspection by Rugby Mayor Dale Niewoehner; David Migler, chairman of the Pierce County Commission; and Elaine Little, HACTC administrator.

Conrad said the facility has been an shot in the arm for the local economy, providing dozens of well paying jobs for the residents of the Rugby and the surrounding area. It also provides a modern and secure jail which meets the needs of several area counties and state and federal law enforcement agencies.

This was Conrad’s first tour of the center since it opened in September of 2006.

In addition to Pierce, McHenry and Wells counties house their prisoners at the center. A few other area counties, including Bottineau, also contract with the HACTC when needed. The U.S. Marshal’s Service, U.S. Department of Probations; and the N.D. Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (DOCR) house inmates there as well.The Pierce Co. Sheriff’s Department, city of Rugby’s police department, Bureau of Criminal Investigation and N.D. Highway Patrol have offices in the law enforcement center connected to the center.

The HACTC currently has a current inmate population of around 89, providing drug treatment as well as general jail boarding.

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