Thursday 5/18 - Martha Bellisle, AP - Washington State’s biggest mental hospital…in big trouble

Thursday 5/18
Martha Bellisle, AP
Washington State’s biggest mental hospital…in big trouble

Reading news reports on the past 5 years at Washington state’s largest psychiatric hospital is a saddening experience. Not only do the problems cited at Western State Hospital in Lakewood sound serious, they are repeated, again and again, year after year. In 2012, the hospital suffered 2 murders and a suicide. In the years since there have been several violent attacks by patients on other patients and staff. Then, in 2016, 2 prisoners escaped, both with histories of violence, one…

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