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Attacks on staff surge at Western State Hospital: ‘How bad does it have to get?’

Sally port entrance at left and control station at right — entrance to the Center for Forensic Services at Western State Hospital in Lakewood, WA shot September 24, 2018. 207853

TIMES WATCHDOG: “How bad does it have to get?” staffers at Western State Hospital asked after several brutal attacks on nurses. Once on the decline, reported assaults on staff are up sharply. The rise comes as more patients who were once charged with crimes are being transferred to civil wards.

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