It is currently located at 1313 N. 13th Avenue and is commonly known as "the Walls" currently among inmates of the Washington Department of Corrections. The penitentiary is sometimes known as Concrete Mama, from a reference to a book with the same title and written by Ethan Hoffman and John McCoy.
The Washington State Penitentiary was also made famous by the song "Walla Walla" by The Offspring.
Over a one year period, starting in March of 2002, more than one hundred inmates and staff at the Washington State Penitentiary were infected with Campylobacter jejuni. During this period, five clusters of the infection were identified, and genetic testing indicated that all of the bacteria were indistinguishable from each other. The source of this outbreak is not known, but contamination via pigeon feces, as well as unsafe food handling procedures, were examined.