TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - Washington is starting to bring back the prisoners who have been serving their terms out of state.
Prison overcrowding has sent more than 1,000 Washington inmates in out-of-state facilities for about six years. State prison officials says the first group of 61 inmates was brought back to the state in June.
Washington prisoners are being held at four privately run prisons in Minnesota, Arizona and Oklahoma.
Many will return in early 2009 as the state begins to open more than 2,000 new prison beds at the Coyote Ridge prison in Eastern Washington. State officials say all the out-of-state inmates are expected back in Washington by the end of 2009.