Stories tagged: prison
Wed., Feb. 12, 2020
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has become the first circuit in the nation to order a state to pay for an inmate’s gender confirmation surgery, ruling Monday that …
UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 30, 2020
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: 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 …
Tue., Nov. 26, 2019
New York state prison was a place where I had some of my darkest moments but also where I had some of my brightest; how do I tell others?
Sun., Nov. 3, 2019
An Idaho prison inmate says a doctor with the private medical care company Corizon Health told him to wash and reuse his disposable urinary catheters in a communal prison sink. …
UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 25, 2019
Actress Felicity Huffman was released Friday morning from a federal prison in California two days before the end of a two-week sentence for her role in the college admissions scandal, …
Fri., Oct. 18, 2019
When McLennan continued to provoke him in the prison yard, Stevens turned on him with a pair of scissors and severed McLennan’s jugular vein. McLennan died “in agony two hours …
UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 16, 2019
The proposed facility is one of several projects aimed at reducing overcrowding in the state’s prison system, where roughly 62% of inmates are held for probation or parole violations – …
Sun., May 26, 2019
With each toss of a colorful ball of yarn, the story thread unraveled.
UPDATED: Thu., May 30, 2019
Speaking from experience, Riley Hewko said that many people charged with violent crimes often grew up with abuse and addiction, and jails do more harm to people who have already …
Tue., May 14, 2019
Whitworth students agree: Airway Heights prison’s dog training program is a net positive for all involved
Whitworth University junior Hannah Stafford had never met a prison inmate before. Especially not one whose job it is to train and rehabilitate rescue dogs inside the high, razor sharp …
UPDATED: Fri., April 26, 2019
A woman who hit and killed a motorcyclist while driving drunk in 2017 was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison.
Sun., March 31, 2019
A North Idaho prison program teaches job skills in horticulture and greenhouse management while aiding community gardens.
Wed., March 27, 2019
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
A majority of inmates at Coyote Ridge Corrections Center in Connell have launched a hunger strike.
Thu., Jan. 3, 2019
All four were inmates at Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women. A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the state prison in central Virginia is failing to provide adequate medical care and …
UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 14, 2018
Idaho’s state Board of Correction voted to extend its $46 million-plus-a-year contract with Corizon Health for inmate health care for another two years.
Wed., Sept. 26, 2018
A woman who helped kidnap Elizabeth Smart and stood by as the Utah girl was sexually assaulted was released from prison Wednesday amid concerns that she remains a threat 15 …
UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 25, 2018
His Hollywood career and good-guy image in ruins, an 81-year-old Bill Cosby was sentenced Tuesday to three to 10 years behind bars for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman, becoming …
Tue., Aug. 14, 2018
Idaho is one of just three states that provides its prison inmates virtually no way to earn time off for good behavior behind bars, and its “compassionate release” program for …
Sun., Aug. 12, 2018
Ada County’s drug court is one of Idaho’s 71 problem-solving courts, which range from drug courts and DUI courts to mental health courts, veterans treatment courts, and child-protection drug courts, …
Sat., Aug. 4, 2018
Dog training program at Airway Heights Corrections Center brings positive changes for inmates and shelter dogs.
UPDATED: Sat., July 28, 2018
Officials say it was “intentional exploitation,” while some inmates’ families described it as more of a “glitch.” Either way, reports that 364 Idaho inmates had a quarter-million dollars in credits …
Thu., July 26, 2018
Idaho prison officials say 364 inmates hacked the JPay tablets they use for email, music and games and collectively transferred nearly a quarter million dollars into their own accounts.
Sun., July 15, 2018
Since 2003, food production within Washington’s Department of Corrections has shifted towards larger, industrial-scale operations. But while the move has generated cost savings, some inmates and their advocates also see …
Wed., July 11, 2018
The four Meridian men
Tue., July 3, 2018
A Caldwell man will serve up to 37½ years in prison for trying to lure three Twin Falls children to his car.
UPDATED: Mon., July 2, 2018
Drones seen buzzing above a French prison months ago may have been on a reconnaissance mission ahead of the helicopter escape of a notorious French criminal – his second breakout …
UPDATED: Wed., June 13, 2018
An inmate is suing the Washington State Department of Corrections for denying him gallbladder surgery because he was close to his release date.
Tue., June 12, 2018
With all of Idaho’s prisons above capacity, county jails packed full and hundreds of Idaho inmates being held temporarily at a private jail in Texas, what Idaho needs is a …