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Sheriff’s deputy recovering after assault by inmates

Officials say that a sheriff’s deputy was assaulted by two inmates at the Marion County jail.


Pretrial tool a key to reform

There is a reform movement underway that is swinging the spotlight over to the initial encounters the system has with offenders, and it’s asking the right questions.


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.


Cascade Mall shooting charges delayed

Cascade Mall shooting suspect Arcan Cetin will remain in the Skagit County Jail on a magistrate’s warrant that has been extended until Jan. 6.


Yakima County jail uses segregation to keep gangs separate

As authorities step up the prosecution of gang members, the Yakima County jail is using segregation techniques to keep inmates safe in jail.


Canyon County jail to close tent facility due to escapes

Canyon County is shutting down a tent facility used by the county jail after a number of escapes and the potential for additional ones


Montana violates law by housing adults in youth prisons, audit says

An audit says the Montana Department of Corrections is breaking the law by housing youth and adult offenders in the same facility and by contracting to send girl offenders to …


Supreme Court: Jails not liable for crimes after release

County jails are not liable for crimes committed by inmates after they are out of custody, according to a split ruling Thursday by the Washington state Supreme Court.


Two officers shot, wounded by visitor at Fresno County jail

Two unarmed officers were critically injured after being shot by a visitor in the lobby of a central California jail, authorities said.


Outside View: It’s time to rethink bail

A key precept of the American justice system is that a defendant’s wealth or poverty has no bearing on his treatment or his ability to mount a defense. The bail …


Does China still harvest organs of executed? Doctors divided

A Canadian patient’s receipt of a kidney transplant after waiting just three days during a recent visit to China raised an immediate red flag among surgeons at the Montreal-based Transplantation …


Woman exonerated after 35 years sues officials in 2 states

A woman who spent 35 years in prison for a 1976 Reno killing before being exonerated by DNA evidence has sued officials in Nevada and Louisiana, alleging civil rights violations …


’NSync, Backstreet Boys creator Lou Pearlman dies in prison

Lou Pearlman, credited for starting the boy-band craze and launching the careers of the Backstreet Boys and ‘NSync, has died in prison while serving a 25-year sentence for a massive …


Judge extends in-jail competency deadlines to 14 days

A federal judge has modified a permanent injunction against the Washington state agency that oversees competency evaluations for mentally ill people charged with crimes.


Washington jails fail to provide voting access, report says

While most of the country is actively engaged in the election process, an entire class of individuals – inmates in Washington state jails – can’t participate because the officials charged …


Lawsuit alleges lack of treatment in Lane County Jail

A Fall Creek man is suing Lane County and others, saying he was wrongly denied needed psychiatric care at the Lane County Jail following his 2014 arrest.


Police investigating after Oregon inmate dies unexpectedly

The Oregon State Police are investigating after a 29-year-old inmate at Two Rivers Correctional Institution in Umatilla died unexpectedly on Saturday.


Iowa Supreme Court bans life without parole for teen killers

A divided Iowa Supreme Court on Friday banned judges from imposing life prison sentences without the possibility of parole on juveniles convicted of first-degree murder.


Idaho jail no longer requires federal oversight

Seven years after the American Civil Liberties Union sued over overcrowding and other conditions, the Canyon County Jail is no longer required to have federal oversight.


Yakima jail killing suspect’s bail set at $10 million

Erick Garcia Romero, one of two men accused of killing a Yakima County jail inmate Wednesday, was ordered held on $10 million bail Thursday.


Inmate at Yakima jail found dead with upper body trauma

Authorities say an inmate at the Yakima County jail was found dead with significant trauma to his upper body.


Eastern Idaho jail officer convicted of having sex with inmate

A former detention officer at an eastern Idaho jail has been found guilty of having sex with a female inmate and destroying evidence.


Executive order signed for support for former prisoners

Gov. Jay Inslee has signed an executive order to give those who have completed their prison terms more support once they’re back in their community. The order, signed Tuesday, directs …


Suge Knight says jail conditions hampering his defense

Former rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight said Thursday that he will seek to delay his upcoming murder trial because jail restrictions are preventing him from mounting a proper defense.


Jails spend millions to house mentally ill, report shows

Holding mentally ill defendants in jails while they await competency services is costing cities and counties across the state of Washington millions of dollars. That’s according to state officials who …


‘Affluenza’ teen gets 2 years in jail

Ethan Couch, the “affluenza” teen who killed four people in a drunken driving crash in 2013, was given four consecutive 180-day jail sentences by a judge Wednesday.


Number of executions rose significantly in 2015

The number of executions carried out around the world in 2015 increased more than 50 percent over the previous year, a surge largely driven by three countries: Iran, Pakistan and …


Judge: Either treat or release mentally ill murder suspect

A Washington state judge has ordered that a mentally ill murder suspect be released from jail or admitted to a psychiatric hospital.


Alabama officers find cellphones, knives after prison uprising

Corrections officers say they found 30 cellphones, makeshift knives and other contraband after an uprising at a prison.


Jail bans photos after drug-soaked pictures discovered

A Virginia jail is no longer allowing inmates to receive personal photographs after officials found inmates were chewing on pictures that had been soaked in a drug.