Coyote Ridge Corrections Center (CRCC) is a medium security prison located in Connell, Washington. Inmates of CRCC typically have more than five years up to life to serve. Attached to the main facility is the minimum-security "camp", where inmates must have five years or less on their sentences. The camp buildings look more like those of an average community college, complete with landscaping. Inmates sleep in dormitories, operate a textile factory, and grow some of their own food in a small garden on the grounds. Some inmates are allowed to go off-site to work in highly supervised jobs (including the traditional litter-cleanup).
CRCC is located on a 60-acre site about 40 miles north of the Tri Cities. Previously a minimum custody facility with a capacity of 625 male offenders, CRCC recently completed a major expansion project that will house over 2,000 offenders and will help shape the future of corrections in Washington State. Balancing security functions with sustainability strategies, green-built Coyote Ridge Corrections Center is designed to protect both the public and the environment. Using 30% recycled materials, efficiency lighting controls and high-efficiency lamps, CRCC has achieved energy efficiency rates that exceed State requirements by more than 10 percent! CRCC was the facility was the first prison campus in the United States to achieve LEED Gold certification!