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Bill Would Provide Public Safety Measures for Dpt. of Corrections

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OLYMPIA, Wash. - A bill being discussed in state Legislature would allow the Washington State Department of Corrections to withhold information contained in their security threat group database.

Sponsored by Rep. Brad Klippert from Kennewick, the bill protects the department from disclosing confidential information on groups that pose a threat that currently could be made available under a public records request.

The state House passed the bill Wednesday. It now heads to the Senate.

Klippert says it allows DOC to keep the information from other groups who could use this information to pose a security threat.

Gang violence and criminal activity has been problematic in some of the correctional facilities. Half of all violence in the prisons is committed by criminal gang activity.