Stories tagged: Department of Corrections
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.
Oregon prisons face worker shortages as retirements loom
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 searching for inmates who escaped fire crew near Oregon border
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 state prison director stalled as Inslee, Padden disagree over prison oversight
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 hopes job training will cut inmate returns to prison
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.
Inslee taps longtime employee to head Washington Corrections Department
Department of Corrections employee who rose through the ranks is named to lead it.
Wed., March 15, 2017
Prison reform bill provides needed oversight
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.
Prison system reforms sparked by early releases pass Washington Senate
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 spends thousands on special flights for prisoners, report says
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 Senate considers outside oversight of prisons
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.
Prison officials softening terms used to label inmates
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.
Charge against teen killer tossed 34 years later; officers withheld info
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 Guard officer dies during overseas deployment
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.
Man who killed Ephrata teen at age 12 escapes from custody
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
Sen. Mike Padden: DOC, governor must accept responsibility for deadly prison releases
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
The Columbian: Raise smoking age to 21
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
GOP’s prison probe hopelessly partisan
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.
State attorney did not realize risk of early prison releases
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
Washington Senate panel wants records on former corrections secretary
Senate committee demands records about former Corrections Secretary Bernie Warner from department and governor’s office.
Tue., March 22, 2016, 6:30 p.m.
Prison safety improved after guard murder, but some gaps persist, auditors say
Washington’s prisons have stepped up safety after a corrections officer was murdered in 2011, but individual facilities still lack certain improvements.
Thu., March 10, 2016
Editorial: Secretary of state right to ease voter registration
For any resident who can prove citizenship, registering to vote should be cleared of any roadblocks.
Mon., March 7, 2016, 5:50 p.m.
Washington corrections officials disciplined for inmates’ early releases
Gov. Jay Inslee announces disciplinary action from early release of prisoners, names acting corrections secretary.
Fri., Feb. 26, 2016, 2:45 p.m.
Mother of slain Spokane teenager files $5 million claim against state
Veronica Medina-Gonzalez filed a $5 million claim against the state Friday in the death of her 17-year-old son, Ceasar Medina, allegedly at the hands of a state inmate released early. …
Mon., Feb. 22, 2016, 12:07 p.m.
Senate panel holds hearing on early release of prisoners
A Senate panel moved into the next stage of its inquiry into the erroneous early release of prisoners in Washington state, releasing thousands of pages of documents gained through legislative …
Thu., Feb. 18, 2016, 1:27 p.m.
State official resigns after prisoners released early
A former official of the Washington Department of Corrections has resigned from her job in another state agency.
Thu., Feb. 11, 2016, 3:32 p.m.
Key player in prisoners’ early release resigns state post
State officials say the assistant attorney general who advised Corrections officials they didn’t need to recalculate prisoners’ sentences after discovering a sentencing software error has stepped down.
Tue., Jan. 19, 2016, 8:07 p.m.
Washington state Senate issues subpoenas on inmate releases
Legislators subpoena records from the Corrections Department and governor’s office on inmate releases.
Mon., Jan. 18, 2016, 8:53 p.m.
Legislative panel likely to issue subpoenas over prisoners’ early release
A Senate committee that controls the flow of legislation could issue subpoenas later this week to the Department of Corrections as part of an inquiry into problems that led to …
Thu., Jan. 14, 2016, 12:56 p.m.
Senate GOP plans to issue subpoenas over prison controversy
Governor, senators spar over investigation of prison release mistakes.