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Settlement approved in Washington state case over delays in mental-competency evaluations

After twice finding the state of Washington in contempt for violating an order to provide timely competency services to mentally ill people held in jails, a federal judge has approved …

UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 17, 2018, 12:33 p.m.

Rights group, state reach settlement in competency lawsuit

The state of Washington has agreed to a plan to resolve a lawsuit filed on behalf of mentally ill people who’ve been warehoused in jails for weeks or months while …

State to pay another $3 million for mental health delays – fines could go up

Attorneys for disability rights group to ask for tougher penalties against state over delays in mental health evaluations.

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.

UPDATED: Sat., May 6, 2017, 10:50 p.m.

McNeil changing treatment to avoid ‘warehousing’ some sexual predators

Group that protects rights of the disabled, Washington officials reach agreement on better treatment options for some sexual predators housed at McNeil Island.

Lawsuit: State does too little for developmentally disabled

SEATTLE – JoHanna Pratt, a 32-year-old, developmentally disabled woman, said she’d like to be able to take walks by herself, to visit friends and to participate in Special Olympics softball …

Washington jails fail to provide voting access, report says

While most of the country is actively engaged in the election process, an entire class of individuals – inmates in Washington state jails – can’t participate because the officials charged …

Study finds flaws in how Washington jails handle disabled inmates

A new study says many jails across Washington routinely fail to screen inmates properly for disabilities, delay access to medication and inappropriately place disabled inmates in solitary confinement. The study, …