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Washington State Department of Corrections
In the fall election of 1966, the voters of Washington State approved a new, separate women's correctional institution. Prior to that time, female felons were housed in an annex at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla. Construction of the new women's institution was completed in early 1971 on a wood tract of state-owned land in northwest Pierce County. Ninety-two women were transferred to the Purdy Treatment Center, which is now Washington Corrections Center for Women, housing all adult women who are sentenced to Washington State Department of Corrections. Today, the facility houses Maximum, Close, Medium, and Minimum custody inmates.