ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) - The state Department of Corrections will be tearing down the unused Indian Ridge Correctional Facility near Arlington.
The facility once housed 180 minimum security inmates, who fought forest fires and did other work in the woods. Juvenile offenders and low-risk Snohomish County Jail inmates also used it for temporary housing.
The state says the facility has limited water supply and sewage treatment capacity. It has been vacant for several years and has fallen prey to vandalism, metal thieves and squatters.
The Department of Corrections has been leasing the 20-acre property for $10,000 a year from the Department of Natural Resources. At the end of this year the land will go back to the department and be reforested.