Washington tries to deal with overflowing prisons

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TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Department of Corrections has signed a contract with a prison company to allow up to 1,000 of the state’s inmates to be housed in rural Michigan.

The News Tribune reports the agency signed the deal with GEO Group on May 13 to keep a contingency plan in place after the expiration of a contract with another private prison company.

Under the contract, the state would pay the company $60 per day per inmate, which could reach $24 million a year. The contract runs through August 2018 and can be extended for two extra years.

Prisons run by GEO have been accused of poor living conditions and dangerous practices. But, the company says its facilities are safe.

In April, Washington’s prison system reached near capacity with 16,700 inmates.

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    • JMG

      Suppose we start ‘cleaning house’ by executing the losers on death row. Then those that have no chance of parole, followed by rapists and child molesters. That should lessen the count considerably. This state is way too lax on criminals.

  • CB

    Ending the death penalty didn’t help with the overcrowding one bit,,,, did it? May I suggest shooting every third person that enters the big houses. For they are there for no good reason..and ajudicated as guilty…!!!

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