OLYMPIA — Thirteen communities in Western Washington are vying for the new state intake prison. One is in Pacific and two are in Grays Harbor County. 

The new prison will cost more than $246 million, employ up to 600 people and house around 1,000 inmates for their first 30 to 40 days of incarceration.

The facility will open in 2016. Raymond is putting in for it, as are Satsop and McCleary in Grays Harbor. Others include Bremerton, Castle Rock, Morton and Winlock. 

Prison officials will narrow the list to three or four finalists by March. One of the criteria is being within 30 minutes of the confluence of I-5 and I-90 freeways for transportation efficiency.

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