Yakama tribal jail focuses on rehabilitation

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TOPPENISH, Wash. (AP) -- The focus of a new Yakama tribal jail in Toppenish is rehabilitation.

It includes classrooms where inmates can study.

Chief of Corrections Gene Fenton told KIMA (http://is.gd/NFpZJz ) it will also hold juvenile offenders who previously have been sent to Spokane.

The Yakama Nation is hiring 24 corrections officers to run the jail.

A Justice Department grant paid for the $15 million jail, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs covers daily operations.

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Information from: KIMA-TV, http://www.kimatv.com/