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Washington Prison Creates “Blue Room” To Calm Inmates with Nature Videos

September 8, 2015

By Will Mader

DOC Communications

(Will Mader, Digital Communications Specialist)

SHELTON – The Washington Corrections Center is piloting an unconventional way to calm inmates when they show signs of stress – immerse them in the sights and sounds of nature.

The prison has created a “Blue Room” in its Skill Builder unit, which houses intellectually challenged inmates with IQs between 69 and 79, that shows videos of different outdoor scenes, including forests, rivers and tropical fish in the ocean.

The 31-by-31 foot room is literally painted blue, to make it easier to project videos on the walls and has been set up with indoor plants and a place for inmates to sit and watch. The prison is in the process of creating another video room in the Intensive Management Unit, which houses inmates in maximum custody cells.

The rooms are modeled on a similar set up at a prison in Oregon that Washington state DOC officials visited. If the rooms at WCC work as expected, it could be replicated at state prisons throughout Washington state.

See also: The Seattle Times – Prison to offer nature videos to inmates in solitary confinement.