WA Report Calls For Closing State Prison, Teen Rehab Center


A Washington state prison for elderly and infirm inmates, a juvenile-rehabilitation center, and all of the state’s intermediate-care facilities for the developmentally disabled have been placed on the chopping block in a state consultant’s cost-cutting report, reports the Seattle Times. Fced with a projected budget shortfall, the state legislature called for a plan to cut 1,580 beds at the state’s prisons, 235 beds at juvenile-rehabilitation facilities and 250 beds in Developmental Disabilities Division facilities.

In one option, a consultant recommended closing the original prison building at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla and possibly shuttering three other custody units there. The penitentiary employs 1,298 staff members and is the largest of the state’s three maximum-security facilities with four separate facilities existing within the institution, each of which house a different custody level of offender.

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