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Prison Facilities

Inmate Population by Age (As of 12/31/2016)
Age Category Number Percent of Total
less than 22 575 3%
22-25 1,603 9%
26-30 2,833 16%
31-35 3,119 18%
36-40 2,620 15%
41-45 1,905 11%
46-50 1,658 10%
51-55 1,302 8%
56-60 811 5%
61-65 427 2%
66-70 269 2%
greater than 70 195 1%
Total 17,317  

*Numbers include all inmate locations, such as prison, work release and out-of-state.

The Washington legislature has established a comprehensive system of corrections for convicted law violators within the state of Washington to accomplish a primary objective of ensuring public safety. The system is designed and managed to provide the maximum feasible safety for the persons and property of the general public, the staff, and the inmates (RCW 72.09.010).

The Department of Corrections (DOC) has 12 prison facilities with custody levels ranging from minimum to maximum security:

See the Contact Prisons page for phone numbers, maps, and driving directions to Washington's prison facilities.