The Washington Department of Corrections has proposed halving the number of beds and reducing staffing at Larch Corrections Center, as part of a larger reorganization of its facilities.
Larch’s Silver Star unit is among 18 living units, across eight state prisons, under consideration for potential closure, according to the DOC.
The minimum-security prison near Yacolt, which opened in 1956, can house 480 men between its two living units: Silver Star and Elkhorn — 240 people in each. In April, the facility had an average daily population of 299.
Other living units identified for possible closure are at Monroe Correctional Complex, Clallam Bay, Coyote Ridge and Olympic corrections centers, Mission Creek and Washington corrections centers for women, and Washington State Penitentiary.
The planned closures come as the DOC has seen a shrinking population, the agency said — a trend that is anticipated to continue with expanding eligibility for its graduated reentry program, reducing the need for prison beds.