Washington State Penitentiary lockdown begins to ease

Four units have been on restrictions since fights earlier in the month.


WALLA WALLA - A lockdown of four units at Washington State Penitentiary is easing somewhat.

Correctional industry workers from all four units were allowed to return to work starting today, according to the latest operational plan posted on the prison's Web site. Some restrictions on meals and recreation were also eased today in the Echo and Fox units.

All four close-custody units, Delta, Echo, Fox and Golf, were locked down last after two large fights between inmates. Fox and Golf units were locked down on Nov. 14 after a fight involving more than 50 prisoners in the Golf unit. Delta and Echo were locked down after a fight broke out Nov. 22 among more than 20 inmates in the Delta unit dayroom.

According to prison officials, each unit holds 187 inmates. Investigators plan to interview all the West Complex inmates as part of their investigation into what caused the fights.

The current restrictions will be reviewed and possibly changed Thursday afternoon, according to the operational plan.

Andy Porter can be reached at andyporter@wwub.com or 526-8318. Check out his blog at blogs.ublabs.org/randomthoughts.


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