Stories tagged: Department of Corrections
Sun., May 26, 2019, 5 a.m.
With each toss of a colorful ball of yarn, the story thread unraveled.
UPDATED: Wed., May 22, 2019, 7:47 p.m.
An independent public safety group is asking for the public’s help in finding three men who escaped from work release in Spokane.
UPDATED: Fri., April 26, 2019, 10:38 a.m.
‘Every tool I need to succeed’: First four men earn college degrees while incarcerated at Airway Heights
“Some of us are really sorry for what we did, and we need not only a second chance but a second look at who we are,” said David Hall, 39, …
Wed., April 17, 2019, 6:50 a.m.
House gives final approval to program that could send career car thieves down a better road after they get out of prison.
Wed., March 27, 2019
Washington prison system changes drug-testing policy after inmates complain of unwarranted punishment
Last week, the state Department of Corrections stopped testing for cannabis in prisoners just entering the system, as traces of the drug can remain in the body weeks after it …
UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 5, 2019, 7:52 p.m.
A majority of inmates at Coyote Ridge Corrections Center in Connell have launched a hunger strike.
Tue., July 24, 2018, 2:45 p.m.
An Idaho Department of Correction officer is being investigated for allegedly contacting a former female inmate via social media after viewing photos of her body taken when she was admitted …
UPDATED: Sat., June 16, 2018, 8:57 p.m.
A Spokane judge found a man accused of killing a teenager during a robbery attempt in 2015 guilty of first-degree murder and burglary.
UPDATED: Wed., June 13, 2018, 7:54 p.m.
An inmate is suing the Washington State Department of Corrections for denying him gallbladder surgery because he was close to his release date.
UPDATED: Fri., March 16, 2018, 8:01 a.m.
Inslee signs bill requiring prisons and jails to accommodate midwives and doulas for pregnant inmates
Pregnant inmates can receive assistance from midwives and doulas under new law.
Sun., Jan. 21, 2018, 7:25 p.m.
With a staff of 4,700, the Oregon Department of Corrections is struggling to attract new employees as almost one-fifth of its workforce becomes retirement eligible in 2018.
UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 15, 2017, 9:47 p.m.
Authorities are searching for two inmates who escaped a fire work crew near Goldendale, near the Oregon border about 70 miles south of Yakima.
UPDATED: Tue., July 11, 2017, 11:17 p.m.
Confirmation of the new head of the Department of Corrections was stalled Tuesday in a disagreement over independent oversight of the agency between Gov. Jay Inslee and the Spokane Valley …
UPDATED: Fri., May 26, 2017, 11:04 a.m.
Once a notorious Spokane criminal, Eldorado Brown began injuring himself in prison. After punishing him, the state paid him $92,000.
Some prison inmates struggle with self-harm, and the state struggled with ways to deal with them.
Tue., April 25, 2017, 7:05 p.m.
State will sponsor more job training for inmates in an effort to keep them from returning to prison.
UPDATED: Tue., April 25, 2017, 10:37 p.m.
Department of Corrections employee who rose through the ranks is named to lead it.
Wed., March 15, 2017
The scandal at DOC exposed serious management flaws. Lawmakers are right to step in and hold the agency accountable with independent oversight.
Mon., March 6, 2017, 9:13 p.m.
Senate passes major reforms for the state prison system prompted by the mistakes that led to early releases for some inmates and at least two deaths.
UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 27, 2017, 10:59 p.m.
Washington state’s corrections department has been shuttling prisoners back to the state on airplanes routinely used by Gov. Jay Inslee. The King Air trips have cost taxpayers tens of thousands …
UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 20, 2017, 9:34 p.m.
Washington could save millions on lawsuits like the claim for the slaying of a teenager in a North Spokane tattoo parlor if it would spend money on an outside office …
Fri., Nov. 4, 2016, 10:59 a.m.
The Washington Department of Corrections is changing the language it uses to describe Washington’s nearly 19,000 people behind bars.
Sat., Aug. 27, 2016, 2:46 p.m.
A federal judge has dismissed a gun charge against a man who was convicted of murder as a teenager, saying state Department of Corrections officers improperly withheld information that could …
Sat., Aug. 6, 2016, 5:14 p.m.
Washington Air National Guard Lt. Col. Flando Jackson, 45, died Thursday in southwest Asia while on an overseas deployment.
Mon., June 13, 2016, 8:38 p.m.
Yakima police said one of two boys who were believed to be the youngest murder defendants to be charged as adults in state history has escaped from custody.
Sat., June 11, 2016
It is dismaying to hear a spokeswoman for the governor claim the Senate’s investigation revealed nothing new, even though the governor’s own report on the matter absolved most agency managers …
Fri., June 3, 2016
Editorials cover raising the smoking age from 18 to 21 years of age, and the Senate GOP report on the Department of Corrections scandal.
Fri., April 15, 2016
The Senate majority caucus billed its fact-finding mission as a “truly independent” alternative to Inslee’s DOC investigation, but it has now become hopelessly mired in election-year squabbling.
Thu., April 7, 2016, 5:19 p.m.
An attorney for the state didn’t realize how big a problem Washington faced when told a computer program was releasing inmates from prison before their sentences were served, a new …
Wed., March 23, 2016
Senate committee demands records about former Corrections Secretary Bernie Warner from department and governor’s office.
Tue., March 22, 2016, 6:30 p.m.
Washington’s prisons have stepped up safety after a corrections officer was murdered in 2011, but individual facilities still lack certain improvements.