State Penitentiary puts West Complex on Lockdown Saturday

Walla Walla, WA – Visiting is cancelled for Monday, April 22 in the F and G Units of the West Complex of the Washington State Penitentiary after four of its units were put on lockdown Saturday when multiple offenders began fighting in the outside recreation yards.

The incident occurred at about 8 p.m. when offenders began multiple fights during the evening outdoor recreation period. Several offenders received minor injuries during the altercation. At this time, the cause of the incident is unknown.

The four units known as the West Complex, which is the prison’s second-highest level, remained on lockdown through the weekend while staff conducted their investigation. Visiting scheduled for the West Complex on Sunday was also cancelled.

The Washington State Penitentiary houses about 2,200 offenders in minimum-, close- and maximum-custody units. The four close-custody units of the West Complex house roughly 750 offenders.