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
- 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
Organization of Washington Department of Criminal Justice Executive Staff, view here.
News and Media
Washington prison unit to be closed, read more.