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Hennepin County Board OKs $30K for sweat lodges at Plymouth corrections facility

The lodges will be built at men's and women's facilities for bimonthly ceremonies

Hennepin County will pay to build two sweat lodges at the Adult Corrections Facility in Plymouth for American Indian inmates who want to attend ceremonies.

The County Board approved a $30,000 contract in April with American Indian OIC to construct the lodges and facilitate the sweat lodge ceremonies beginning this summer through the end of the year.

Catherine "CJ" Johnson, Hennepin County's director of community corrections and rehabilitation, said the sweat lodges are a culturally specific way to address the spiritual needs of Indigenous inmates - and hopefully reduce recidivism.


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