Stories tagged: prisons
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 …
Wed., Dec. 21, 2016, 11:50 a.m.
Washington accrues almost $7.5 million in contempt fines
The state of Washington has accrued fines of about $7.5 million for failing to provide competency services to mentally ill people who must wait in jails for weeks or months.
Fri., Sept. 30, 2016, midnight
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.
Mon., Feb. 22, 2016, 6:21 p.m.
Inmate release problem labeled urgent took years to address
State prison official said she requested fix to early release errors ASAP
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., April 16, 2015, midnight
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 …
Sat., Jan. 4, 2014, midnight
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 …
Thu., Oct. 24, 2013, midnight
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 …
Sat., Oct. 5, 2013, midnight
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.
Wed., June 19, 2013, midnight
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 …
Sat., March 9, 2013, midnight
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 …
Tue., May 29, 2012, 9:27 a.m.
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, …
Fri., May 18, 2012, midnight
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.
Thu., April 26, 2012, 11:35 a.m.
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.
Fri., July 22, 2011, 11:33 a.m.
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 …
Tue., July 5, 2011, midnight
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 …
Fri., April 29, 2011, midnight
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 …
Tue., March 8, 2011, midnight
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 …
Wed., March 2, 2011, 9:39 a.m.
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 …
Thu., Feb. 3, 2011, midnight
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.
Fri., Dec. 31, 2010, midnight
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 …
Thu., Nov. 11, 2010, midnight
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 …
Wed., Aug. 25, 2010, 9:29 a.m.
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 …
Sat., Feb. 6, 2010, midnight
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 …
Mon., Aug. 31, 2009, 12:42 p.m.
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 …
Tue., July 14, 2009, 9:53 a.m.
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.
Tue., March 31, 2009, midnight
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, …
Fri., Feb. 20, 2009, midnight
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 …
Tue., Feb. 12, 2008, midnight
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 …