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Stories tagged: prison

Prisoner At Penitentiary Thwarted In Escape Attempt

A man serving a lengthy sentence for murder stole a Washington State Penitentiary employee’s truck and rammed it into a fence in an unsuccessful escape attempt, authorities said Wednesday. John …

Alabama To End Chain Gangs

A year after becoming the first state to bring back chain gangs, Alabama has yielded to pressure to end the practice. “They realized that chaining them together was inefficient, that …

Escape Tunnel Discovered Under State Reformatory

The discovery of some loose screws led officials at the state reformatory here to a tunnel that inmates apparently planned to use in an escape attempt. The inmates chipped through …

Escapees Captured

Two of three escapees from a minimum-security work crew have been apprehended in Florida after a routine traffic stop, Idaho Correction officials say. Shane Jeffrey McCloskey of Post Falls and …


Whether Washington prisons are well-managed by Corrections Secretary Chase Riveland depends on the yardstick used to measure success. If it’s the price tag, other states look better. Washington spends more …

Legislature Oks Limiting Inmate Perks

Sen. Jim Hargrove, D-Hoquiam, speaks during a Senate debate on prison life. Photo by Associated Press

Work-Release Center On N. Monroe Ok’d

The city hearing examiner has approved the use of the old Ricardo Building at the southeast corner of Broadway and Monroe for a federal work-release center on the condition that …

Inmates File Suit Over Denial Of Snack

Three men convicted of felonies are suing Cassia County and the Mini-Cassia Jail for $10.7 million. They say it was cruel and unusual punishment when they couldn’t get a late-night …

Prison Work Reform Sends Right Message

Convicts can go to work for a living. Or they can go to school and acquire the skills to land a job when they get out.

Kootenai Jail Population Hits Record 162 Inmates Jammed Into Facility Built To Hold 123

A record number of inmates jammed the Kootenai County Jail Monday morning, leaving inmates sleeping on floors and tempers flaring in the cramped cells. Although the facility is certified to …

Bargain Basement Justice County To Try Putting Juveniles Into `Day Confinement’ Cells

Tom Davis hopes to turn this basemant into a juvenile confinement center. Photo by Dan Pelle/The Spokesman-Review

Escaped Inmate Sent Directly Back To Jail

A man who used a Monopoly piece to escape from custody is headed the same place as a player who rolls six while on Illinois Avenue. Directly to jail. Donald …