OLYMPIA — State corrections officials are beginning this month to consolidate partially filled housing units at the Washington State Reformatory in Monroe as part of a plan to deal with thousands of empty beds in correctional facilities statewide.
By mid-August, housing units at seven prisons, including two minimum security units in the Monroe Correctional Complex, are to be closed.
And eventually, the 111-year-old reformatory, one of five units in the Monroe complex, will be shuttered under details released Monday by Corrections Secretary Cheryl Strange. The capacity of that unit is 720 inmates. The entire complex has a capacity of 2,400.
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