Prison Overcrowding: Washington

Below is a summary of information including: statistics from Washington’s Department of Corrections, an overview of the state’s prison overcrowding dilemma, as well as helpful references and points of contact for those interested in resolving the problem.

Facts and Figures 2007-2009

DOC Costs

  • Biennial budget: $1.5 billion
  • Percentage of the state General Fund allocated in the 2009-2011 Budget Proposal to Corrections: 3.5%
  • Average annual cost per inmate: $20,000-50,000

DOC Staff and Population

  • Total department active personnel: 8,000
  • Total incarcerated under Washington DOC jurisdiction: 18,000
  • Total number of facilities: 188
  • Average time served: 21 months
  • Average age: 36.9 years

Organization of state divisions, view here.

Community Supervision and Field Offices

  • Facilities: 132
  • Population: 23,953

Overcrowding Quick Facts

  • Washington DOC wants to cut prison beds statewide by 1,500 and release inmates early on home detention to free up space.

Points of Contact

Washington Department of Corrections
P.O. Box 41100, Mail Stop 4100
Olympia, Washington 98504-1100
(360) 725-8213

Organization of Washington Department of Criminal Justice Executive Staff, view here.

News and Media

Washington prison unit to be closed, read more.

Helpful Links

Washington Department of Criminal Justice

Washington DOC Offender Fact Card, 2009

See also:

West Virginia Prison Overcrowding