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  • Amy Goodman: Mass incarceration challenged from within

    Today’s striking prisoners are protesting long-term isolation, inadequate health care, overcrowding, violent attacks and slave labor.

  • Inmate release problem labeled urgent took years to address

    State prison official said she requested fix to early release errors ASAP

  • 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 …

  • Inmate, fiancée face pot charges

    A man serving time at Airway Heights Corrections Center is accused of trying to smuggle marijuana into the prison with help from his fiancée. Airway Heights correctional officers found a …

  • Idaho to operate troubled Correctional Center publicly

    BOISE – Idaho will take over the operation of its largest prison from one of the nation’s biggest corrections contractors, abruptly ending an experiment with privatization at a facility that …

  • Idaho prison staffing problems were no secret to state

    BOISE – Administrators and staff at Idaho’s prison agency knew since at least 2010 that private prison contractor Corrections Corporation of America was understaffing the state’s largest prison in violation …

  • Shawn Vestal: CCA-run Idaho State Penitentiary a public problem

    Idaho is bidding goodbye to the private company that it hired to run its largest prison. It should add good riddance.

  • Board of Correction puts contract up for bid

    BOISE – Idaho prison leaders are looking for a new company to run the state’s largest prison after Corrections Corporation of America admitted to understaffing and overbilling for its work …

  • Washington prison program shows signs of cutting crime

    A pilot program to correct the behavior of violent prison inmates at a cognitive level is helping keep the peace in one pod of the Airway Heights Corrections Center. The …

  • Children permitted at Washington prison powwows

    WALLA WALLA, Wash. — Graysun Sherwood lay sprawled across his grandmother’s lap, a red Kool-Aid stain ringing his mouth. A 3-year-old napping amid the sounds of powwow — the drumming, …

  • No holds barred

    Kim Imel held back tears as Spencer, a 1-year-old dachshund mix, sniffed around his new home and played with his new companions. The dachshund was in prison – literally.

  • Idaho prison population spikes

    POCATELLO, Idaho — The state’s already full prisons are getting more crowded as the inmate population grows at a significantly increased rate.

  • 7 workers could be disciplined in WA prison death

    When a Monroe prison official was killed in the facility’s chapel earlier this year, a co-worker assigned to monitor the area was actually working in a separate part of the …

  • Killer’s violent history not communicated in prison transfer

    When a rapist who murdered one of his cellmates in the Spokane County Jail requested a transfer to a medium-security prison several years later, the approval process at the Washington …

  • Don’t release ‘worst of the worst,’ prison officials beg

    OLYMPIA – A legislative proposal to release some inmates a few months early as a budget-saving measure is a bad idea, Washington prison officials warned Thursday. The state already ordered …

  • Idaho prison funding bill escapes budget ax

    BOISE – Idaho’s state prison system would escape the cuts other state agencies are facing next year; instead, under a budget crafted by legislative budget writers Monday, it’d see a …

  • Guard stabbed in head with pen, others picket for safety

    Even before a correctional officer was stabbed in the head with a pen at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla, Department of Corrections employees represented by the Teamsters union …

  • Prison bakery to use regional wheat

    Domestic violence put him behind bars 10 years ago, but Donald Kanne has plans for a better life when he leaves prison. And he owes it in part to dough.

  • ACLU seeking to ban Idaho prison practices

    BOISE – The American Civil Liberties Union said Thursday that practices at an Idaho prison that include guards opening the wrong cell doors and allowing inmate-on-inmate attacks have caused violence …

  • Airway Heights prison to lose about 45 jobs

    Cuts at Washington state prisons will eliminate about 45 jobs at Airway Heights Corrections Center and could cancel a rehabilitative program designed to prepare inmates for re-entry to society. “It’s …

  • Washington inmates get free phone call today

    Every state prison inmate gets one free 20-minute long distance call each year, and they could start making this year’s calls this morning, said Maria Peterson, spokeswoman for the state …

  • Cuts might force inmate releases, prison chief says

    BOISE – The only way to cut more deeply into Idaho’s prisons budget than Gov. Butch Otter has proposed is to begin releasing prisoners, the state’s prisons chief warned state …

  • Some released Wash. prisoners getting free rent

    OLYMPIA — Some felons who have earned early release from prison are getting a few months of subsidized rent from Washington taxpayers, a new cost-cutting move expected to save the …

  • Wash. seeks to jam cell phone signals in prisons

    Washington is among more than two dozen states seeking permission to jam cellphone signals inside prison walls to thwart inmates from making illegal calls.

  • Jail treats addicts with acupuncture

    BALTIMORE – Beyond the iron gate, the fence and the razor wire, 10 inmates in maroon uniforms sit in stillness, listening to the serene sounds of sitar music. Eyes closed, …

  • Lawmakers seek to limit inmates’ access to records

    SEATTLE – An entrepreneurial spirit struck Allan Parmelee last fall as he sat in a Washington state prison, serving 17 years for bombing the cars of two attorneys. He wrote …

  • Bill would allow some exceptions to sentencing law

    BOISE – A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced legislation Monday designed to let Idaho judges waive mandatory minimum sentences for some drug offenders if the crime stems from addiction that …



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