SPOKANE -- A charter plane with 116 Washington state prisoners who had been in out-of-state prisons landed this week in Spokane, officials said.
The prisoners will be going to Coyote Ridge Corrections Center in Connell, the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla and Airway Heights Corrections Center near Spokane.
Some may then be transferred to other prisons based on their security levels, program needs and proximity to families.
The inmates who returned Monday were from Arizona and are the last group of out-of-state prisoners to be brought back to the state, officials said.
In 2007, more than 1,200 state inmates were housed in privately operated prisons in several states, including Arizona, Minnesota and Oklahoma.
The state Department of Corrections has gradually brought back inmates from other states as the prison population leveled off in recent years, officials said.
About 17,000 inmates are housed in 13 prisons in the state.