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Autopsy set for Oregon inmate serving time in Montana prison

Officials say an autopsy will be performed on a Montana State Prison inmate who died at a hospital in Missoula.


President Obama adds to historic number of federal prisoners granted clemency

President Barack Obama pardoned 78 people and also granted commutations to 153 nonviolent drug offenders who were sentenced under harsh and outdated laws and would have received lighter sentences if …


Oregon study finds racial disparities in drug convictions

A study conducted by the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission has found that African-Americans in the state were convicted of felony drug possession at more than double the rate of whites …


Convicted sex offender charged for writing girl from Benton County jail

A twice-convicted sex offender has been charged with a new crime for allegedly writing letters from the Benton County jail to a young teen girl about their “sleepovers.”


Oregon lawmakers reject request for funding for women’s prison

A plan to open a second women’s prison in Oregon is facing a major setback as lawmakers have rejected a request for funding for the project.


Family of teen who died in Benton County Jail seeks $5 million

A Pasco man has filed a claim seeking $5 million for the death of his son in the Benton County Jail.


California man steals $5 million, spends $1 million on cellphone game

$5 million. Everyone has thought about it – what to do with such a sudden windfall of money. From purchasing a luxurious yacht to relieving one’s family of financial strain …


Idaho Board of Correction appoints new director

The Idaho Board of Correction has appointed Henry Atencio as the new director of prisons two days after his predecessor, Kevin Kempf, gave his resignation notice.


Couple to remain in jail pending hit and run murder trial

A couple accused of intentionally running down a black teenager will remain behind bars until the outcome of a murder trial.


ACLU files lawsuit over juvenile solitary confinement

The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington state says it’s suing Grays Harbor County for records related to its juvenile detention facility, following reports that a 15-year-old boy was placed …


Appeals court overturns third-strike conviction

The state Court of Appeals has overturned the conviction of a former state prison inmate who attacked a corrections officer in 2012.


Mexican raped in Montana jail getting $125,000 settlement

A southwestern Montana county government has agreed to pay $125,000 to a Mexican man who sued after he claimed he was raped in the Jefferson County jail in Boulder.


Idaho to request $11 million for parolee mental health services

Idaho health officials plan to ask lawmakers for about $11 million annually to provide mental health and drug abuse services to the state’s parole offenders who are at the highest …


Benton County sheriff’s deputies stop shaving to help families in need

Scruffy, unshaven deputies are patrolling Benton County and raising funds for people in need during Christmas.


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.