Washington State Jails
Washington State located in the Northwest region of the United States is situated south of British Columbia, Canada, North of Oregon and west of Idaho. The United States Census Bureau estimated the state's population to be 6,664,195 in 2009.
Almost 60 percent of Washington's residents live in the Seattle metropolitan area, the center of transportation, business, and industry along the Puget Sound region of the Salish Sea, and home to an internationally known arts community.
Throughout Washington's 39 counties there are 57 jail facilities with a combined rated capacity of 14,087 inmates.
Population in Jail:
The Department of Corrections Community Division supervises 113,134 probationers and 11,768 parolees through a variety of 147 field offices. Washington abolished parole in 1984.
The crime rate in Washington is about 10% higher than the national average rate. Property crimes account for around 91.9% of the crime rate in Washington which is 15% higher than the national rate. The remaining 9% are violent crimes and are about 27% lower than other states.
In 2008 crime rates stood at 4,089% in comparison to the national average of 3,668% per 100,000. Index crimes in Washington State totaled 266,288 for 2009, constituting 40.0 offences per 1,000 persons. Washington has a rate 40% lower than the national average of incarcerated adults per 100,000.Washington has a rate 17% higher than the national average number of probationers per 100,000 people. Washington has a rate 26% lower than the national average number of parolees per 100,000 people. Taxpayers paid 23% higher than the other states per inmate in 2009 at $37,303 in comparison to the national average of $28,689.