Shakopee prison officials consider beefing up perimeter now secured by a hedge

Neighbor opposition in 2006 killed the idea of a new, more secure fence around the women's prison in Shakopee. Currently a hedge is all that keeps any potential escapees inside the grounds. Now corrections officials are thinking of making another try for state funding.
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Neighbor opposition in 2006 killed the idea of a new, more secure fence around the women's prison in Shakopee. Currently a hedge is all that keeps any potential escapees inside the grounds. Now corrections officials are thinking of making another try for state funding.

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