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Airway Heights prison therapist confronted, quits

A female therapist who specialized in sexual deviancy treatment at the Airway Heights Corrections Center resigned after having an inappropriate relationship with a male sex offender, prison officials said Thursday. The employee, a therapist in the Sex Offender Treatment Program, voluntarily resigned April 11 when corrections staff discovered an offender being victimized, corrections spokeswoman Risa Klemme said.

Tree-thinning project good for inmates, forest

Toppling trees at Riverside State Park is helping create a healthier forest of native ponderosa pines. The thinning project is also providing work experience for 50 inmates from Airway Heights Corrections Center while producing winter firewood for low-income families.

Prison staff wants safety now

State prison guards who were promised safer working conditions following the Jan. 29 slaying of a corrections officer in Western Washington are still waiting. At Airway Heights Corrections Center near Spokane, for example, self-defense pepper spray that experts recommend all officers carry while on duty remains locked up in an armory that only certain employees can open. Other changes recommended by a panel whose report has been embraced by Gov. Chris Gregoire are still potentially months away from being implemented.

‘Graphic’ attack likely leaves inmate blind

A violent inmate who tortured and killed his cellmate at the Spokane County Jail six years ago, resulting in a $180,000 settlement by the county, is accused of gouging out another cellmate’s eye at Airway Heights Corrections Center this week. Michael L. West, 34, attacked Chad E. Bolstad, 25, on Sunday night in a cell the men shared with another inmate, officials said Wednesday.