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It Only Gets Worse, Says DOC

The May 10th issue of the Seattle Times quoted Ruben Cendeno, director of the Division of Offender Programs for the state Department of Corrections (DOC), as telling a Washington Council on Crime and Delinquency sponsored forum that the Washington state corrections system is facing not only more overcrowding, but also an increasingly older prison population, more mentally ill inmates and prisoners suffering from the AIDS virus.

Cendeno said a recent tally showed 716 prisoners (or ten percent of the prison population) were serving sentences of 20 years or longer, 230 were in for life and 101 were sentenced to life without parole.

"It projected that in the next six years the inmate population is likely to double," Cendeno said.

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