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Escaped prisoner captured

Spokane Police captured an escaped Geiger Corrections prisoner Friday morning. The prisoner assaulted a guard and then hid near Lincoln and Boone for more than an hour before being discovered.

Prison warehouse may house inmates

BOISE – Desperate for places to put its ever-increasing numbers of prisoners, Idaho is looking into converting a giant metal warehouse into prison beds for 304 inmates. The 42,000-square-foot warehouse is at the Idaho Correctional Center, a hulking, concrete fortress of a prison south of Boise. But the warehouse, which encloses an entire acre and was built to house prison job programs, is just a standard metal building.

Geiger Unrest

SWAT teams and corrections officers descended on Geiger Corrections Center on Friday after drunken and rowdy inmates sparked a daylong search for contraband at the facility.

Press conference

Risa Klemme, a spokeswoman for the Airway Heights Corrections Center, talks to media after a lock down July 27, 2007.

Complaints prompt exit of Texas warden

BOISE – The warden of a private Texas prison housing Idaho inmates has been "relieved of his duties" after complaints from Idaho. The Dickens County Correctional Center, which houses 125 Idaho inmates, made the change after an Idaho corrections team visited the large, older county jail near Lubbock, Texas, in March and reported "deficiencies."

El Chapo escaped two prisons in Mexico, but no one’s ever busted out of ‘the ADX’

There’s a supermax prison in Florence, Colorado, two hours outside Denver. It’s the highest-security penitentiary in the United States. Since opening in 1994, no prisoner has escaped from the Administrative Maximum Facility – known as “the ADX” – one reason former members of federal law enforcement expect the Sinaloa cartel drug lord Joaqumn “El Chapo” Guzman will spend the rest of his life there.

Mcneil Island Gains Support As Site For Violent Sex Offenders

Washington's civil-commitment program for violent sex offenders could be moved to the McNeil Island Corrections Center from Monroe, state officials say. "It has the capacity," Mark Seling, director of the Monroe center, said Monday at a court hearing before U.S. District Judge William Dwyer.

Inmate Attempts Escape Over Fence

An inmate at the Airway Heights Corrections Center tried to escape Thursday night by climbing a 12-foot-high fence topped with razor wire, officials said. John L. Gemmill, 29, was captured after correctional officers spotted the would-be breakout on security cameras at 6:30 p.m., said prison spokesman Cly Evans.

Armed, Dangerous Escapees May Be Heading For Spokane

A man suspected of robbing a Spokane Valley shoe store escaped from an Idaho prison on Thursday and is still on the loose, authorities say. Michael Allen Wachholtz, 35, and another inmate who was serving time for murder walked away from the maximum security prison in Boise about 2 a.m.

Prisoner At Penitentiary Thwarted In Escape Attempt

A man serving a lengthy sentence for murder stole a Washington State Penitentiary employee's truck and rammed it into a fence in an unsuccessful escape attempt, authorities said Wednesday. John Lamb, 31, serving a 50-year sentence for a Clark County murder conviction, was caught Tuesday morning after the truck became undriveable when it hit the prison's interior fence, spokeswoman Mary Christiansen said.

Alabama To End Chain Gangs

A year after becoming the first state to bring back chain gangs, Alabama has yielded to pressure to end the practice. "They realized that chaining them together was inefficient, that it was unsafe and they ended the practice," said attorney Richard Cohen of the Southern Poverty Law Center, whose lawsuit challenged chain gangs as cruel punishment.

Companies Find Home Inside State Prisons Inmates’ Earnings Help Defray Cost Of Confinement

Bert Atwater lists the reasons he just moved his company, Omega Pacific Inc., from the wooded beauty of Redmond, Wash., to a concrete building inside a state prison. Rent-free quarters in Airway Heights, where workers are delighted with the pay - just above minimum wage in the outside world. No workers who don't come in because of rush-hour traffic or sick children at home.

Escape Tunnel Discovered Under State Reformatory

The discovery of some loose screws led officials at the state reformatory here to a tunnel that inmates apparently planned to use in an escape attempt. The inmates chipped through 6 inches of concrete floor and then dug down 11 feet before apparently digging horizontally, prison superintendent Ken DuCharme said. How far the horizontal shaft goes wasn't immediately known, because soil was too loose to send someone down safely. Officials planned to lower a camera to take a look, he said.

Escapees Captured

Two of three escapees from a minimum-security work crew have been apprehended in Florida after a routine traffic stop, Idaho Correction officials say. Shane Jeffrey McCloskey of Post Falls and William Charles Dorahush were taken into custody in Citrus County, Fla., after a traffic stop revealed they were wanted in Idaho.


Whether Washington prisons are well-managed by Corrections Secretary Chase Riveland depends on the yardstick used to measure success. If it's the price tag, other states look better. Washington spends more than $23,000 a year to keep a prisoner behind bars. That compares to Oregon's average cost of roughly $18,000 a year. The national average is about $19,000, the Criminal Justice Institute says.

Work-Release Center On N. Monroe Ok’d

The city hearing examiner has approved the use of the old Ricardo Building at the southeast corner of Broadway and Monroe for a federal work-release center on the condition that it does not house sex offenders. In a ruling issued last week, Greg Smith placed several other conditions on the use of the building, including the formation of a committee from the neighborhood to screen potential residents.

Teens Easily Fled Custody Before Murder Case Shows Persistent Shortage Of Facilities For Juvenile Offenders

Mountain Home officials were warned by two judges that their juvenile holding facility was a safety risk, months before two youths walked away from it. Ronald Stiner, 16, and Eric S. Brown, 18, fled from the non-secure trailer in Mountain Home on Tuesday night. They were charged Thursday with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Forest Service engineer David J. Wheeler.

Inmates File Suit Over Denial Of Snack

Three men convicted of felonies are suing Cassia County and the Mini-Cassia Jail for $10.7 million. They say it was cruel and unusual punishment when they couldn't get a late-night snack at the jail and jailers would allow them to spend only one hour a day in the law library.