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Record Number of Washington Inmates

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - The State of Washington is helping contribute to the country's record prison population. 

A new study shows for the first time in history more than one in every 100 American adults are either in jail or in prison.

In Washington, the state holds 18,199 inmates. That's not only a record, but it's nearly doubled since 1992.

A spokesperson from the state Department of Corrections said they're constantly locking up the same people.

"Currently nearly 40% of offenders get out of prison and commit another crime and obviously they go back in prison.  If you reduce the number of offenders who get out of prison and recommit another felony and go back into prison then you will need fewer prison beds," said Chad Lewis, Spokesperson, Washington Dept. of Corrections.  

Right now the state is working on reducing the number of repeat offenders.

Lewis said Washington is spending $31,071 a year on each inmate.