DOC is Asking if Washington's Prison Expansions are Enough.
WASHINGTON. - The Department of Corrections says they're focusing on meeting the current demand to expand prisons in the state of Washington, but say even with all the growth they still think a shortage of prison beds is expected within the next 10 years.
Right now prison expansions are happening all over the state. Coyote Ridge Corrections Center in Franklin County will have the biggest expansion with 2,048 additional beds. The Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla is also getting their share of growth.
About five other prisons around Washington are expected to receive 80 to 460 additional beds by 2009. But the DOC says the state is projecting to have a 4,000 bed shortfall by 2017.
The DOC is focusing on a re-entry initiative to reduce the return rate of offenders and decrease the demand.