Washington State Penitentiary
Walla Walla, WA 99362
Washington State Penitentiary (WSP) is located on 540 acres of farmland near the city of Walla Walla. It houses 2,540 intensive management, close and medium custody male inmates. Class II operations at WSP are as follows:
CI Food Service vertically integrates with CI's food factory production by serving CI produced foods accompanied by non-CI produced products. The centralization of purchasing and use of a statewide standard 4-week cycle menu has stabilized facility food service budgets. The 4-week cycle menu provides for nationally recommended allowances for basic nutrition, which are reviewed annually. In addition to serving daily meals, CI Food Service also utilizes idle time to repackage powdered milk, resulting in annual savings and additional training opportunities. While working for CI Food Service, inmate workers receive a full scope of food service skills and have the ability to earn ServSafe® food manager certification, a nationally recognized food safety certification. CI Food Service operates two shifts, seven days per week and employs 31 staff overseeing 168 inmate workers.
Producing its first plates in 1923, the license plate factory produces an average of 7,000 vehicle license plates per day for the Washington State Department of Licensing. In Fiscal Year 2015, CI produced 2,684,762 sets of license plates, which included 47 different specialty plate designs for Colleges/Universities, Military/Veterans, Organizations, Parks/Environment, and Special Interest Groups. Inmate workers learn valuable skills by setting up and operating machines to cut, punch, form, print and laminate metal, and can earn Certificates of Proficiency in these areas. All inmates and staff are trained in health and safety programs. This factory employs four civilian staff overseeing 30 inmates.
Warehouse & Transportation
The warehouse and transportation department supports shipping and receiving of food products, finished goods, raw materials and supplies. An average of 43,650 commissary orders are received, unloaded and delivered to the 14 living units within WSP each year. Inmates load and unload on average 6-10 trucks per week, equating to approximately 520 per year. Inmate workers can earn Certificates of Proficiency in general labor skills, such as moving freight, or can be certified as a Forklift Operator by State certified instructors after meeting specific criteria. This area employs five civilian staff overseeing 12 inmates.
The metal shop also manufactures items for prison expansion and maintenance, as well as products for colleges and parks throughout the state helping reduce costs to the state. Inmate workers fabricate metal products including dormitory and detention furniture, as well as other custom metal products. Inmate workers can earn Certificates of Proficiency as machine operators, welders, cutters, solderers and braziers. All inmates and staff are trained in health and safety programs. This factory employs one civilian staff overseeing 24 inmates.
For the 2012-13 agricultural seasons, CI grew and harvested dry peas as a rotational crop on approximately 200 acres of farm land. Inmate workers are trained in sustainable farming methods such as no-till/direct-seeding and can earn Certificates of Proficiency in various agricultural, farming and labor skills including operating agricultural equipment. CI is a proud partner of Shepard's Grain and works in conjunction with them for a closed-loop grain-to baker-to prison food supply chain.
This factory has the capacity to manufacture 4,500 cardboard boxes per day. The boxes produced are used in the CI food operations and within the Department of Corrections. This factory also provides custom silk screening for both boxes and textiles shops. Screen printing operations process 250 orders annually. Inmate workers learn valuable skills as graphic clerks, machine operators and maintenance repair technicians and can earn Certificates of Proficiency in these areas. This factory employs two civilian staff overseeing 35 inmates.
Inmate workers collect, process, and pump food waste generated by the facility's food services department into a dedicated composting pile and then mixed with other organic ingredients to produce compost. This compost is then utilized by the facility in their garden and landscaping projects and operations.
The laundry processes on average, 5,888 pounds of linen and clothing a day which equates to over 1,600,000 pounds a year. Inmate workers can earn Certificates of Proficiency in various laundry skills. Inmates meeting specific criteria can be certified by the Association of Linen Management as Certified Washroom Technicians. The laundry employs two civilian staff overseeing 21 inmates.