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State agrees to penitentiary improvements for inmates with mental health needs

Department of Corrections will spend $5 million to settle a lawsuit over the rights of inmates with mental health needs at the state penitentiary in Walla Walla.


Redemption Project unravels the past in hopes of building stronger future for inmates

With each toss of a colorful ball of yarn, the story thread unraveled.


UPDATED: Wed., May 22, 2019, 7:47 p.m.

Reward offered for help finding three work release escapees

An independent public safety group is asking for the public’s help in finding three men who escaped from work release in Spokane.


UPDATED: Fri., April 26, 2019, 10:38 a.m.

‘Every tool I need to succeed’: First four men earn college degrees while incarcerated at Airway Heights

“Some of us are really sorry for what we did, and we need not only a second chance but a second look at who we are,” said David Hall, 39, …


Supervision program approved by Washington Legislature will try to stop career car thieves

House gives final approval to program that could send career car thieves down a better road after they get out of prison.


Washington prison system changes drug-testing policy after inmates complain of unwarranted punishment

Last week, the state Department of Corrections stopped testing for cannabis in prisoners just entering the system, as traces of the drug can remain in the body weeks after it …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 5, 2019, 7:52 p.m.

Inmates at Coyote Ridge Corrections Center on hunger strike over quality of breakfast food

A majority of inmates at Coyote Ridge Corrections Center in Connell have launched a hunger strike.


Idaho prison officer investigated for viewing, commenting on photos of inmate’s body

An Idaho Department of Correction officer is being investigated for allegedly contacting a former female inmate via social media after viewing photos of her body taken when she was admitted …


UPDATED: Sat., June 16, 2018, 8:57 p.m.

Man found guilty of murdering Moses Lake teen

A Spokane judge found a man accused of killing a teenager during a robbery attempt in 2015 guilty of first-degree murder and burglary.


UPDATED: Wed., June 13, 2018, 7:54 p.m.

Inmate sues Department of Corrections over medical care

An inmate is suing the Washington State Department of Corrections for denying him gallbladder surgery because he was close to his release date.


UPDATED: Fri., March 16, 2018, 8:01 a.m.

Inslee signs bill requiring prisons and jails to accommodate midwives and doulas for pregnant inmates

Pregnant inmates can receive assistance from midwives and doulas under new law.


Oregon prisons face worker shortages as retirements loom

With a staff of 4,700, the Oregon Department of Corrections is struggling to attract new employees as almost one-fifth of its workforce becomes retirement eligible in 2018.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 15, 2017, 9:47 p.m.

Authorities searching for inmates who escaped fire crew near Oregon border

Authorities are searching for two inmates who escaped a fire work crew near Goldendale, near the Oregon border about 70 miles south of Yakima.


UPDATED: Tue., July 11, 2017, 11:17 p.m.

Confirmation of state prison director stalled as Inslee, Padden disagree over prison oversight

Confirmation of the new head of the Department of Corrections was stalled Tuesday in a disagreement over independent oversight of the agency between Gov. Jay Inslee and the Spokane Valley …


UPDATED: Fri., May 26, 2017, 11:04 a.m.

Once a notorious Spokane criminal, Eldorado Brown began injuring himself in prison. After punishing him, the state paid him $92,000.

Some prison inmates struggle with self-harm, and the state struggled with ways to deal with them.


State hopes job training will cut inmate returns to prison

State will sponsor more job training for inmates in an effort to keep them from returning to prison.


UPDATED: Tue., April 25, 2017, 10:37 p.m.

Inslee taps longtime employee to head Washington Corrections Department

Department of Corrections employee who rose through the ranks is named to lead it.


Prison reform bill provides needed oversight

The scandal at DOC exposed serious management flaws. Lawmakers are right to step in and hold the agency accountable with independent oversight.


Prison system reforms sparked by early releases pass Washington Senate

Senate passes major reforms for the state prison system prompted by the mistakes that led to early releases for some inmates and at least two deaths.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 27, 2017, 10:59 p.m.

Washington spends thousands on special flights for prisoners, report says

Washington state’s corrections department has been shuttling prisoners back to the state on airplanes routinely used by Gov. Jay Inslee. The King Air trips have cost taxpayers tens of thousands …


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 …


Prison officials softening terms used to label inmates

The Washington Department of Corrections is changing the language it uses to describe Washington’s nearly 19,000 people behind bars.


Charge against teen killer tossed 34 years later; officers withheld info

A federal judge has dismissed a gun charge against a man who was convicted of murder as a teenager, saying state Department of Corrections officers improperly withheld information that could …


Washington Air Guard officer dies during overseas deployment

Washington Air National Guard Lt. Col. Flando Jackson, 45, died Thursday in southwest Asia while on an overseas deployment.


Man who killed Ephrata teen at age 12 escapes from custody

Yakima police said one of two boys who were believed to be the youngest murder defendants to be charged as adults in state history has escaped from custody.


Sen. Mike Padden: DOC, governor must accept responsibility for deadly prison releases

It is dismaying to hear a spokeswoman for the governor claim the Senate’s investigation revealed nothing new, even though the governor’s own report on the matter absolved most agency managers …


The Columbian: Raise smoking age to 21

Editorials cover raising the smoking age from 18 to 21 years of age, and the Senate GOP report on the Department of Corrections scandal.


GOP’s prison probe hopelessly partisan

The Senate majority caucus billed its fact-finding mission as a “truly independent” alternative to Inslee’s DOC investigation, but it has now become hopelessly mired in election-year squabbling.


State attorney did not realize risk of early prison releases

An attorney for the state didn’t realize how big a problem Washington faced when told a computer program was releasing inmates from prison before their sentences were served, a new …


Washington Senate panel wants records on former corrections secretary

Senate committee demands records about former Corrections Secretary Bernie Warner from department and governor’s office.