Back in May 2021, the incarcerated community here in Washington began to hear rumblings of a two-phase plan to consolidate and ultimately shut down multiple prisons across Washington state.
As we continue to grow we gather many titles along the way: athlete, student, child, extrovert, artist and innumerable more.
On May 25, 2021, an email was sent out on behalf of the state Department of Correction’s Executive Strategy Team naming 12 institutions that will be shutting down permanently. Number one on the list was Washington State Reformatory Monroe Correctional Complex units A, B, C and D, including the reformatory where I currently reside.
From Washington to Florida, nine Prison Journalism Project reporters across the country share views from their communities on the 22.5-year sentence for Derek Chauvin.