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Yakima County jail head: Little choice but to drop off inmates in parking lot

After complaints about dropping them off in a parking lot, a top Yakima County corrections official said King County prisoners being released from the North Front Street jail will be …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 6, 2018, 11 a.m.

Maldives high court annuls its own order freeing prisoners

Three Maldives Supreme Court justices on Tuesday annulled their own order to free a group of imprisoned opposition politicians after two of the court’s justices were arrested amid a political …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 11, 2018, 2:21 p.m.

Guantanamo prisoners challenge no-release policy under Trump

Eleven prisoners held at the Guantanamo Bay detention filed a legal challenge Thursday against President Donald Trump, whose administration has not released or transferred anyone from the U.S. base in …


Ethiopia to release all political prisoners, close camp

In a surprise move, Ethiopia’s leader on Wednesday announced plans to drop charges against political prisoners and close a notorious prison camp in what he called an effort to “widen …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 11, 2017, 2:07 p.m.

Beyond bluster, U.S., North Korea in regular contact

Beyond the bluster, the Trump administration has been quietly engaged in back channel diplomacy with North Korea for several months, addressing Americans imprisoned in the communist country and deteriorating relations …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 27, 2017, 10:59 p.m.

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 …


Amnesty International: At least 13,000 hanged in Syrian prison since 2011

Syrian authorities have killed at least 13,000 people since the start of the 2011 uprising in mass hangings at a prison north of Damascus known to detainees as “the slaughterhouse,” …


U.S. sends 10 Guantanamo captives to Oman

The Arabian Sea nation of Oman said Monday it has taken in 10 Guantanamo captives for the Obama administration, which is in a final push to thin the detention center …


22 of Guantanamo’s 59 prisoners are now cleared to go

With the clock ticking toward a possible halt in detainee transfers, the Pentagon disclosed Tuesday that the Obama administration parole panel has cleared another Yemeni “forever prisoner” – raising to …


Cuba pardons 787 common prisoners at pope’s request

The Cuban government has pardoned 787 common prisoners at the request of Pope Francis.


Obama orders 98 more prisoner releases, the most ever in a year

President Barack Obama has now ordered more prisoners released early from federal penitentiaries in a single year than any of his predecessors, after commuting the sentences of 98 people on …


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 …


North Korea shows no sign of wanting to talk about releasing two Americans

North Korea is holding two U.S. citizens as “prisoners of war,” regime officials have told Americans lobbying for their release, as the months drag on with no word about the …


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 …


Obama shortens terms for 214 prisoners; 67 had life sentence

President Barack Obama on Wednesday cut short the sentences of 214 federal inmates, including 67 life sentences, in what the White House called the largest batch of commutations on a …


Sen. Mike Padden: DOC, governor must accept responsibility for deadly prison releases

It is dismaying to hear a spokeswoman for the governor claim the Senate’s investigation revealed nothing new, even though the governor’s own report on the matter absolved most agency managers …


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 …


Editorial: State’s prison scandal hits home

A tragic consequence to the state’s prison-release scandal hits Spokane family.


Senate panel holds hearing on early release of prisoners

A Senate panel moved into the next stage of its inquiry into the erroneous early release of prisoners in Washington state, releasing thousands of pages of documents gained through legislative …


Airway Heights Corrections Center crew finds firefighting rewarding on several levels

The morning after a brush fire off Geiger Boulevard burned a few acres near the highway, the men of Heights 43 got to work. Wearing heavy black boots and green …


Rapist Christopher Reid uses social media to claim innocence

A life in prison has not silenced Christopher Jack Reid. The former porn star and convicted Pullman rapist continues to share his thoughts with friends and others through an edgy …


Thriller keeps audience guessing

“Prisoners” is a mystery told with such skill that just when you think you’ve figured it out, it finds new blind alleys for us to visit. Well-cast and wonderfully acted, …


Prison bakery to use regional wheat

Domestic violence put him behind bars 10 years ago, but Donald Kanne has plans for a better life when he leaves prison. And he owes it in part to dough.


Idaho brings out-of-state prisoners home

Idaho’s venture into shipping inmates out of state to relieve overcrowding is over, for now.