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Correctional Officers Debbie Cooke and Terry Palino take part in an informational picket this morning on 13th Avenue outside Washington State Penitentiary. Organized by Teamsters Local 117, the event was intended to draw attention to demands for measures the union contends are vital to increase officer safety in the state's prisons. (March 2, 2011)

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Picket calls for increased safety for officers at Walla Walla prison

Today's informational picket coincides with a serious assault on a staff member at the Washington State Penitentiary.

WALLA WALLA -- An informational picket by correctional officers today took on a new air of urgency after one of their number was stabbed at Washington State Penitentiary on Tuesday.

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