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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.


Prison safety improved after guard murder, but some gaps persist, auditors say

Washington’s prisons have stepped up safety after a corrections officer was murdered in 2011, but individual facilities still lack certain improvements.


Editorial: Secretary of state right to ease voter registration

For any resident who can prove citizenship, registering to vote should be cleared of any roadblocks.


Washington corrections officials disciplined for inmates’ early releases

Gov. Jay Inslee announces disciplinary action from early release of prisoners, names acting corrections secretary.


Mother of slain Spokane teenager files $5 million claim against state

Veronica Medina-Gonzalez filed a $5 million claim against the state Friday in the death of her 17-year-old son, Ceasar Medina, allegedly at the hands of a state inmate released early. …


Senate panel holds hearing on early release of prisoners

A Senate panel moved into the next stage of its inquiry into the erroneous early release of prisoners in Washington state, releasing thousands of pages of documents gained through legislative …


State official resigns after prisoners released early

A former official of the Washington Department of Corrections has resigned from her job in another state agency.


Key player in prisoners’ early release resigns state post

State officials say the assistant attorney general who advised Corrections officials they didn’t need to recalculate prisoners’ sentences after discovering a sentencing software error has stepped down.


Washington state Senate issues subpoenas on inmate releases

Legislators subpoena records from the Corrections Department and governor’s office on inmate releases.


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 …


Senate GOP plans to issue subpoenas over prison controversy

Governor, senators spar over investigation of prison release mistakes.


Senators grill state prisons chief over early releases

OLYMPIA – A Senate committee questioned Senate Law and Justice Committee to grill Department of Corrections on screw up that led to thousands of inmates being released early.


Washington legislative session expected to be shorter, focused on education

Issues the Washington Legislature will face include education funding, charter schools and carbon pollution.


Editorial: State failed to protect public

Prematurely released inmates have allegedly killed two, and others remain free because sentencing software was not updated.


Prisoner mistakenly released early a suspect in fatal shooting in Spokane

A man mistakenly released early because of a computer error should have been in prison on the day he allegedly shot and killed a teenager during a Spokane robbery in …


3 inmates released early committed new crimes, state says

Three inmates who were released from prison early because of mistakes in the state computer system committed new crimes when they still should have been incarcerated, state officials said Thursday.


Computer error freed 3,200 inmates early since 2002

A computer programming error allowed some 3,200 inmates out of prison before their sentences were up.


Airway Heights Corrections Center crew finds firefighting rewarding on several levels

The morning after a brush fire off Geiger Boulevard burned a few acres near the highway, the men of Heights 43 got to work. Wearing heavy black boots and green …


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 …


Former corrections officer sues employer, claims abuse

A former Washington Department of Corrections officer is suing his employer for what he says were years of racially motivated verbal and physical abuse at the Okanogan County field office. …


State prison inmates no longer will be disciplined for ‘self-harm’

Beginning Friday, inmates in Washington state prisons will no longer be disciplined for hurting themselves or attempting suicide, a news release from the state Department of Corrections said. Attempts at …


‘Frequent fliers’ rack up criminal convictions, frustrating officials

Fred W. Nolan Jr. presses one finger after another against a window at the Spokane County Jail. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day, his birthday: five days he spent on …


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, …


Police: Body found in lake may be Spokane fugitive

A man authorities believe is a fugitive from Spokane was found dead in a Western Washington lake Wednesday.


Authorities snag escapee in North Spokane

Authorities today arrested a federal inmate that walked away from a scheduled medical appointment on Spokane’s South Hill several days ago. The U.S. Marshals-led Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force …


DOC could set parolees free

Prison inmates convicted of murder and other violent crimes could be released without supervision if state lawmakers agree to a drastic set of cuts outlined by the state Department of …