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Book on Washington Prisons

"Impacts of Washington State's Correctional Institutions on Communities" is the title of a study available at no cost from the Washington State Institute for Public Policy. The study was commissioned b the state legislature in 1988. The main purpose seems to have been to find out what effects prisons have on the local community. With opposition to the building of new prisons the legislature and DOC wanted some type of statistical study to show their opponents. The results of this study are that there are few, if any, negative impacts on communities. For example, the biggest problem in Steilacoom from NcNeil Island prison is that parking has been adversely affected.

The report contains a wealth of historical and statistical information about all the medium and maximum-security prisons in the state. I highly recommend the report and suggest that anyone interested in prisons in this state get the report. It is available from:

Washington State Institute for Public Policy
Evergreen State College
3162 Seminar Bldg. TA-00
Olympia, WA 98505
(206) 866-6000 (ext. 6380)

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