Inmates anxious over plan to close prison units across Washington state

Since March of 2020, the Department of Corrections has seen a 54% decrease in prison admissions. There are currently around 4,000 empty prison beds.

MONROE, Wash. — The Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) is looking to cut $80 million out of its budget over the next two years.

Since March of 2020, the DOC has seen a 54% decrease in prison admissions. There are currently roughly 4,000 empty prison beds in all of Washington’s prisons. The DOC said this is due to intervention, diversion, treatment and re-entry programs.

The DOC announced some units will be closed and consolidated at several prisons across the

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