Kansas and Washington Face Overcrowding

TOPEKA, Kan. — States throughout the U.S. are experiencing record high incarceration rates — including Kansas. The state’s Department of Corrections is addressing the issue and working on predicting where more problems could lie in the future.

There are currently 8,635 inmates housed in Kansas and the number continues to grow. The average men’s jail exceeds capacity by over 250 inmates and women’s facilities are reaching capacity quickly.

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Wash. Jail Project Pre-Bid Date Nears

ELLENSBURG, Wash. — A mandatory pre-bid conference will be held on May 4 for the $5.8 million Kittitas County Jail Pod Expansion project in Ellensburg. The project bid date is May 19.
 
A tour of the existing jail facility will follow the conference. All companies intending to bid as a prime contractor are required to have an employee of the company attend the conference and identify themselves and the company.

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Wash. Close To Selecting Jail Site

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The state Department of Corrections has narrowed its site selection search to the three most suitable sites for a new prison reception center, with Mason County at the top of the list.

The proposed $167 million, 365,000-square-foot facility would employ over 500 people.

The locations that will move forward in the selection process are located near the Washington Corrections Center outside Shelton, south of the Bremerton Airport.

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Background Check: DLR Group’s Bill Buursma

Vital Statistics
Name: William Buursma
Field: Architecture
Title: Justice+Civic Principal / Architect, AIA, LEED AP
Agency: DLR Group of Seattle
Education: Undergraduate degree, University of Michigan; Master of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania
Time Served: more than 40 years as an architect, 20 in
corrections
Currently Reading: “Any historical fiction that has to do with sailing in the 18t

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Case Study: Coyote Ridge Corrections Center


CONNELL, Wash. — The Washington State Department of Corrections recently completed the largest correctional facility construction project ever undertaken in the state. Built in Connell, a small town in arid eastern Washington, the medium-security Coyote Ridge Corrections Center spans 564,000 square feet and includes 2,048 new beds.

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Washington Cities Vie For Prison Project

BREMERTON, Wash. — The city of Bremerton is among several Western Washington cities vying to host a 1,000-bed state corrections facility to be used as a short-term reception center housing inmates in between sentencing and long-term incarceration.

David Overton, who owns property within the South Kitsap Industrial Area, proposed the project earlier this week to the Bremerton City Council, whose backing he needs in order to move ahead with the $167 million facility.

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Layoffs at Planned at Washington Jail

YAKIMA, Wash.— Due to a large loss of contract to house inmates from another county at the Yakima County Jail, the county must lay off 34 Department of Corrections employees effective January 31.
 
Jail officials learned that they are losing about 200 inmates from King County, Wash., that are housed under contracts worth approximately $6 million.

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Historic Washington Prison to Close

McNEIL ISLAND, Wash. — The historic McNeil Island Corrections Center in Washington will close next April due to budget cuts.

The island prison will transfer its 515 offenders to other prisons in the state, according to reports. The Washington Department of Corrections announced it would work to find jobs elsewhere for its 245 staff members.

State lawmakers say the DOC has must also reduce its budget by nearly $53 million. Full closure of the McNeil Island prison is expected to save the agency $6.3 million a year.

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