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UPDATED: Fri., March 20, 2020

During ban on face-to-face visits, Washington prisoners get 2 free phone calls a week

Inmates in Washington prisons now can make two five-minute phone calls each week at no charge, as the state Department of Corrections has banned visits from friends and relatives to …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 30, 2020

Bill would ban private prisons in Washington

Washington has no private prisons and a bill being considered by the Senate would keep it that way, banning private detention facilities even when they have contracts with federal agencies.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 2, 2020

Spokane County Jail, DOC to continue negotiations under 1-month contract

The county previously warned it would stop jailing people for probation and parole violations unless the state Department of Corrections agrees to increase its reimbursements to the county.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 24, 2019

Spokane County won’t jail people for violating probation, parole – unless DOC agrees to new contract

The change would take effect after the Department of Corrections’ contract with the county ends on Dec. 31. The change would not apply to anyone arrested on new charges, said …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 18, 2019

Medical care tops list of concerns in watchdog report on Washington prison system

The Office of Corrections Ombuds, which opened last year to provide independent oversight of the DOC, recently released its first comprehensive annual report urging the agency to improve medical and …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 15, 2019

Escapee who taunted cops on social media arrested at grandma’s house in Hillyard

Spokane police Sgt. Terry Preuninger said Seaman taunted authorities by posting pictures of himself and his girlfriend in front of the Spokane County Jail with the caption “Bad boys, whatcha …


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

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

‘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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.