The state Office of Financial Management (OFM), which has hired a consulting firm to draw up a plan for cutting 1,500 prison beds, confirms that the Washington State Reformatory at Monroe is on a shortlist of institutions getting a hard look. Adam Aaseby of OFM says that consulting firm Christopher Murray and Associates has named four institutions it has so far identified for possible closure: the Reformatory, the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla, the McNeil Island Corrections Center near Tacoma and the Pine Lodge Corrections Center for Women. A team from the firm is scheduled to visit the 740-bed Reformatory, the closest prison of its kind to Seattle, tomorrow.
Only one of the institutions on the list, the Penitentiary, has at least 1,500 beds. So Christopher Murray may end up recommending closures at several sites. All the institutions named date back to the turn of the century. The oldest is McNeil Island, the only prison in the country accessible solely by plane or boat, which was built n 1875. The Reformatory got its start in 1910.