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PRESS RELEASE: Capacity Contingency Planning

Released May 22, 2016

Contact Jeremy Barclay , (360) 515-6661

DOC Communications

As a contingency plan, the Washington Department of Corrections has had a contract in place for out-of-state beds for over 10 years. The contract provides the department the flexibility to send inmates out of state to address capacity needs. This allows for greater facility safety for both our staff and inmates. We have not placed inmates in out-of-state facilities for a number of years. Because the existing contract is expiring, the department selected a new provider through the competitive procurement process. The contract would allow for the housing of up to 1,000 inmates at the GEO Group-owned North Lake Correctional Facility in Baldwin, Michigan

There are no current plans to utilize the contract with the GEO Group. Maintaining the safety and security of our staff and inmates is a priority for the department. In the event we need to utilize the contract in the future, advance notice will be provided to inmates, families, and other stakeholders.