Washington State Penitentiary

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Washington State Penitentiary (WSP)
Location Walla Walla, Washington
Coordinates 46°04′45″N 118°21′32″W / 46.07918°N 118.35886°W / 46.07918; -118.35886
Status Operational
Security class Maximum, Close, Medium, Minimum
Capacity 1,988 as of June 2008
Opened 1887
Managed by Washington State Department of Corrections
Director Steve Sinclair, Superintendent

Washington State Penitentiary (also called the Walla Walla State Penitentiary) is a Washington State Department of Corrections men's prison located in Walla Walla, Washington. With an operating capacity of 2200, it is the second largest prison in the state (after Coyote Ridge Corrections Center) and is surrounded by wheat fields.

It is the site of Washington State's death row and where executions are carried out. Methods for execution are lethal injection and hanging.

It is located at 1313 N. 13th Avenue and is commonly known as "the Walls" among inmates of the Washington Department of Corrections. The penitentiary is sometimes known as Concrete Mama, from a book with the same title, by Ethan Hoffman and John McCoy.

The penitentiary was the subject of the song "Walla Walla" by American punk rock band The Offspring.

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History[edit]

Over a one year period, starting in March 2002, more than one hundred inmates and staff at the Washington State Penitentiary were infected with Campylobacter jejuni. During this period, five clusters of the infection were identified, and genetic testing indicated that all of the bacteria were indistinguishable from each other. The source of this outbreak is not known, but contamination via pigeon feces, as well as unsafe food handling procedures, were examined.[2][clarification needed]

Organization[edit]

The penitentiary has four groups:

  • camp: short term
  • the Low Crime Facility: 30–60 years
  • the Medium Crime Facility: 50–life
  • the High Crime Facility: life–death row

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