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WA prisons see decrease in violence among inmates

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Corrections officials say an effort to reduce interactions between incarcerated gang members has led to a decrease in violence at Washington state's prisons.

The state Department of Corrections said violent infractions declined statewide by about 5% in each of the past two years. At individual prisons, the decrease has been as significant as 20%.

Only one prison has seen a slight increase in violence: the Washington Corrections Center for Women.

Prison administrators credit changes in recent years, including reducing the number of rival gang members who are housed in the same living units.

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