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PRESS RELEASE: Inmate dies of apparent suicide at Larch Corrections Center

Released March 29, 2015

Contact Danette Gadberry, (360) 515-6661

Larch Corrections Center

Yacolt, WASH. – The Department of Corrections and local law enforcement are investigating the death of Jason Williams, an inmate at Larch Corrections Center, as an apparent suicide.

At approximately 4:48 p.m. Saturday, correctional officers found the inmate unresponsive in his room, where he was housed alone. Staff attempted life-saving measures, but he was pronounced dead at 5:25 p.m.

Williams, 41, was incarcerated for the crimes of second-degree trafficking in stolen property and second-degree burglary; he had served five months of a five-year sentence for these convictions.

Prison administrators are working together with the Clark County Sheriff's Department on the investigation.

Larch Corrections Center is located 20 miles northeast of Vancouver, Wash., and maintains an all-male, minimum-custody population of 480 inmates. The Department of Natural Resources also has a facility on the site and provides work for approximately 120 inmates. Leased from DNR, the prison site consists of roughly 40 acres of state land; 17 acres are currently in use and the remaining land is surrounded by state forest.