Washington's Prisons http://www.kplu.org en Study: Private Prisons Lead To Fewer Jobs http://www.kplu.org/post/study-private-prisons-lead-fewer-jobs-rural-areas <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/01/012813JR_PrivatePrisons_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Researchers say the economic benefits of prisons often don't materialize for rural communities. That's according to a new paper by Northwest sociologists. In fact, they found communities with private prisons fare worse than they did before.<p>Washington State University sociologist Gregory Hook says rural areas that opt to build prisons, even courting them with tax breaks, have one main goal in mind: jobs.<p>“You know, you look across the way and you say 'Oh there's a prison. Tue, 29 Jan 2013 21:49:25 +0000 Jessica Robinson 7672 at http://www.kplu.org Study: Private Prisons Lead To Fewer Jobs Washington prisons running out of room http://www.kplu.org/post/washington-prisons-running-out-room <p>With about 16,000 inmates, the Department of Corrections says Washington prisons are at 102 percent of capacity and they need to find space by this summer to hold 160 more.</p><div><p>The department found space last week for 140 inmates by deciding to house two inmates each in single-inmate cells at the state Reformatory in Monroe.</p><p> Mon, 26 Mar 2012 17:22:04 +0000 The Associated Press 4556 at http://www.kplu.org Washington prisons running out of room State prison system prepares for convicted killer Isaiah Kalebu http://www.kplu.org/post/state-prison-system-prepares-convicted-killer-isaiah-kalebu <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-983178.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-983178.mp3</a></p><p>SHELTON, Wash. &ndash; The recent murder trial in Seattle of Isaiah Kalebu made headlines for the brutality of his crime &ndash; the rape and butcher knife attack of two women in their home that left one of them dead.</p><p>But the trial also attracted attention because of Kalebu&rsquo;s volatile outbursts in court and suicide attempts. Now he&rsquo;s headed to prison &ndash; for life.</p><p> Tue, 23 Aug 2011 23:56:07 +0000 Austin Jenkins 2404 at http://www.kplu.org State prison system prepares for convicted killer Isaiah Kalebu Report: Former Wash. DOC chief admits to affair with staffer http://www.kplu.org/post/report-former-wash-doc-chief-admits-affair-staffer <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-976312.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-976312.mp3</a></p><p>OLYMPIA, Wash. &ndash; Washington&rsquo;s former prisons chief has admitted to an extramarital affair with a subordinate. And Seattle TV stations are airing video they say shows Eldon Vail leaving a motel with that staffer. Vail resigned suddenly last Friday.</p> Wed, 06 Jul 2011 15:45:43 +0000 Austin Jenkins 2022 at http://www.kplu.org To save money, state deporting some prison inmates early http://www.kplu.org/post/save-money-state-deporting-some-prison-inmates-early <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-976027.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-976027.mp3</a></p><p>OLYMPIA, Wash. &ndash; Washington has begun to deport some prison inmates before their sentences are up. The new program is expected to save $2 million a year. But the deportations have immigrant rights advocates concerned.</p><p> Tue, 05 Jul 2011 01:26:20 +0000 Austin Jenkins 2011 at http://www.kplu.org Prisons chief resigns as new details emerge on escape attempt http://www.kplu.org/post/prisons-chief-resigns-new-details-emerge-escape-attempt <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-976320.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-976320.mp3</a></p><p>OLYMPIA, Wash. &ndash; Washington&#39;s prisons chief has resigned suddenly citing personal reasons. The announcement late Friday came the same week an inmate was fatally shot during a prison escape attempt.</p><p>Governor Chris Gregoire&#39;s staff says she did not ask Eldon Vail to tender his resignation.</p> Mon, 04 Jul 2011 15:49:09 +0000 Austin Jenkins 2007 at http://www.kplu.org Prisons chief resigns as new details emerge on escape attempt Tacoma Mall shooter in prison incident; one killed in escape attempt  http://www.kplu.org/post/tacoma-mall-shooter-prison-incident-one-killed-escape-attempt%C2%A0 <p>The Washington Department of Corrections says one inmate was killed Wednesday during an escape attempt at the Clallam Bay Corrections Facility.</p><p>Spokesman Chad Lewis says that just after 10 a.m., a corrections officer was taken hostage by a prisoner with a pair of scissors. At the same time, another prisoner drove a forklift through the doors of the work area and into the prison fence.</p><p> Wed, 29 Jun 2011 21:35:41 +0000 The Associated Press 1982 at http://www.kplu.org State prison inmates are now older, whiter and more violent http://www.kplu.org/post/state-prison-inmates-are-now-older-whiter-and-more-violent <p>The population of Washington state prison inmates has become whiter, older and more violent in the past decade. That&#39;s according to an Associated Press review of Department of Corrections records. Mon, 21 Feb 2011 17:19:49 +0000 The Associated Press & KPLU News Staff 837 at http://www.kplu.org State prison inmates are now older, whiter and more violent Monroe inmate confesses to killing guard Jayme Biendl http://www.kplu.org/post/monroe-inmate-confesses-killing-guard-jayme-biendl <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-951880.mp3</p><p>Byron Scherf, a convicted rapist already serving a life sentence has confessed to the killing of Monroe Reformatory guard Jayme Biendl. Sat, 12 Feb 2011 00:23:31 +0000 Gary Crawford & Charla Bear 780 at http://www.kplu.org Monroe inmate confesses to killing guard Jayme Biendl Corrections chief changes policies after Monroe guard's murder http://www.kplu.org/post/corrections-chief-changes-policies-after-monroe-guards-murder <p>The state Department of Corrections is changing some of its procedures in response to the killing of a female guard at the Monroe prison last weekend.</p><p>Jayme Biendl was found strangled in the prison's chapel last Saturday night. An inmate has been arrested in the killing.</p><p>Corrections Secretary Eldon Vail said Friday <a href="http://www.doc.wa.gov/news/pressreleases/2011/docs/020411initialchangesfollowingdeath.pdf">that prisons will immediately</a>:</p><ul><li>begin counting staff members whenever an offender is missing;</li><li>officers will begin regular check-ins on guards who serve at duty posts alone;</li><li>conduct drills on the use of silent alarms on the hand-held radios that guards carry.</li></ul><p> Fri, 04 Feb 2011 22:20:51 +0000 Gary Crawford & The Associated Press 717 at http://www.kplu.org Corrections chief changes policies after Monroe guard's murder Teamsters file suit over prison cuts http://www.kplu.org/post/teamsters-file-suit-over-prison-cuts <p>Unionized prison employees will picket outside the Monroe prison this morning. They’re protesting budget cuts. The union has also filed a formal lawsuit.</p><p> Wed, 17 Nov 2010 14:47:45 +0000 Austin Jenkins 160 at http://www.kplu.org Teamsters file suit over prison cuts