In this Feb. 2, 2011 photo, Kelly Cunningham , CEO of the Special Commitment Center, watches the action in the control area of the high management unit in the Special Commitment Center at McNeil ... more 
In this Feb. 2, 2011 photo, Kelly Cunningham , CEO of the Special Commitment Center, watches the action in the control area of the high management unit in the Special Commitment Center at McNeil Island, Wash. Up until three months ago, Washington state leaders said closing the McNeil Island Corrections Center was a bad idea, a money-loser. The head of the Department of Corrections said it. Budget-crunchers said it. The governor said it. The nation's last island prison was expensive to run, they agreed but shutting it down completely would pencil out in red. A study by the state Office of Financial Management ran the numbers in November 2009. If the corrections center were closed, the high cost of operating a prison on an island would be eliminated, but the cost to the state would go up," the study said. less 
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