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  • Convicted child rapist gets 10 years for pornography possession conviction

    A registered sex offender from Spokane received a 10-year sentence in federal prison Friday after he previously pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography.


  • Inmate’s family gets $8 million jury award

    The family of an Airway Heights Corrections Center inmate who died after guards allegedly ignored his medical condition and treated his diabetic episode as a behavioral problem won an $8 …


  • Monroe prison guards reinstated with back pay

    MONROE, Wash. — An arbitrator says the Department of Corrections was wrong to fire three corrections officers and demote a sergeant for failings related to the death of Officer Jayme …


  • 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 …


  • Officials hope swift punishment will deter probation violators

    The young woman insisted she hadn’t smoked marijuana recently. A urine test given by her probation officer came back positive for the substance, but she was sure it must have …


  • 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.


  • Fugitive goes to court, freed, rearrested

    A man who Spokane police say has 167 criminal charges in 15 years appeared for a court hearing Tuesday and was allowed to stay out of jail despite a felony …


  • 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 …


  • Washington prison chief resigns

    OLYMPIA, Wash. — The head of Washington’s corrections department abruptly resigned from his post Friday for what the governor’s office simply described as “personal reasons.”


  • Spokane killer dies during prison break

    A Spokane man serving 45 years for the murder of a 19-year-old woman in 2006 was shot and killed Wednesday in what prison officials describe as an escape attempt. Kevin …


  • Spokane killer shot dead in attempted prison escape

    A Spokane man serving 45 years for the murder of a 19-year-old woman in 2006 was shot and killed today in what prison officials describe as an apparent escape attempt.


  • State inmates evicted in a rift over county rate

    The Spokane County Jail will quit housing state prisoners next month in a dispute over payment. State officials refuse to pay the new $125-a-day rate the county charges Spokane and …


  • 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.


  • Larch Corrections Center to close amid prison cuts

    The Larch Corrections Center in Yacolt will be closed next Feb. 1, and the state Department of Corrections will cut 299 jobs as it seeks to make $53 million in …


  • 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 …


  • Family ties taking a tumble

    With 23 months left on her prison sentence for drug-related crimes, Saturday likely was the last time Chanel Trim will hold her 4-year-old daughter until her release. Like all inmates …


  • Pine Lodge inmates cling to families

    With 23 months left on her prison sentence for drug-related crimes, Saturday likely was the last time Chanel Trim will hold her 4-year-old daughter until her release. Like all inmates …


  • Sex offender living as transient in county

    A man who raped an elderly woman at knifepoint in 1995 is living as a transient in Spokane County, the Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday.


  • Washington changes execution method

    Washington state has changed its method of execution from a three-drug cocktail to a one-drug system, according to paperwork filed Tuesday with the state Supreme Court.


  • ‘Guilty but mentally ill’ might be costly

    OLYMPIA – Changing Washington law to allow criminal defendants to be found guilty but mentally ill probably wouldn’t have much effect on the state mental hospital system, a state official …


  • 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 …