Washington Department of Corrections http://www.kplu.org en Some Washington prison inmates given pet cats http://www.kplu.org/post/some-washington-prison-inmates-given-pet-cats <p>VANCOUVER, Wash. &mdash; The Larch Corrections Center near Yacolt is testing how pet cats may soften the behavior of hardened criminals.</p><div><p>Two cats were given to inmates in two cells at the minimum-security prison.</p><p> Tue, 10 Apr 2012 17:15:51 +0000 The Associated Press 4702 at http://www.kplu.org Felons reentering society have it even tougher in down economy http://www.kplu.org/post/felons-reentering-society-have-it-even-tougher-down-economy <p>VANCOUVER, Wash. &mdash; It can be hard to find a job these days &ndash; especially with a felony conviction on your record.</p><p>That&#39;s the position offenders in the Clark County work release program have found themselves in. The inmates, who are serving the last few months of their sentence, are tasked with finding work to help them build up savings and gain work experience to help them reenter society.</p><p> Wed, 14 Sep 2011 20:43:00 +0000 The Associated Press 2627 at http://www.kplu.org Felons reentering society have it even tougher in down economy Wash. prisons ask Facebook to disable inmate accounts http://www.kplu.org/post/wash-prisons-ask-facebook-disable-inmate-accounts <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-983777.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-983777.mp3</a></p><p>OLYMPIA, Wash. &ndash; Washington prison officials are following California&#39;s lead. This month they asked social media giant Facebook to agree to disable active inmate accounts.</p><p> Sat, 27 Aug 2011 00:01:11 +0000 Austin Jenkins 2452 at http://www.kplu.org 'Bad Hair Bandit' raises questions about staff-inmate relationships http://www.kplu.org/post/bad-hair-bandit-raises-questions-about-staff-inmate-relationships <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-983019.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-983019.mp3</a></p><p>The case of the &quot;Bad Hair Bandit&quot; raises questions some prison experts say haven&#39;t been fully addressed in the correctional system. Police believe a woman from north Idaho is the wigged robber who stole money from banks in Tacoma, Spokane, Lake Oswego and other cities on the West Coast.</p><p> Tue, 23 Aug 2011 00:36:43 +0000 Jessica Robinson 2392 at http://www.kplu.org 'Bad Hair Bandit' raises questions about staff-inmate relationships Wash. prisons fined for safety violations after officer murder http://www.kplu.org/post/wash-prisons-fined-safety-violations-after-officer-murder <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. &ndash; Lapses in training and &ldquo;serious&rdquo; safety violations may have contributed to the murder of a Washington correctional officer earlier this year. Those are the findings of a six month investigation by Washington&rsquo;s workplace safety watchdog.</p><p>The agency issued citations and fines Wednesday against the Department of Corrections.</p><p> Wed, 27 Jul 2011 21:49:43 +0000 Austin Jenkins 2187 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 Questions linger over prison guard's killing http://www.kplu.org/post/questions-linger-over-prison-guards-killing <P>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-949656.mp3</P> <P>Governor Chris Gregoire has ordered flags to fly at half-staff in memory of a slain prison correctional officer. Gregoire has also initiated an outside review of the murder of Officer Jayme Biendl over the weekend. Tue, 01 Feb 2011 14:11:23 +0000 Austin Jenkins & KPLU News Staff 681 at http://www.kplu.org Monroe prison guard murdered over weekend http://www.kplu.org/post/monroe-prison-guard-murdered-over-weekend <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-949343.mp3</p><p>His “worst nightmare.” That's how Washington’s Secretary of Corrections is describing the murder this weekend of a female correctional officer. Prison officials say 34-year-old Jayme Biendl was strangled to death.</p><p><strong> Mon, 31 Jan 2011 15:37:51 +0000 Austin Jenkins & KPLU News Staff 674 at http://www.kplu.org Monroe prison guard murdered over weekend Taxpayers pay for cheesecake, cell phones and rock chips http://www.kplu.org/post/taxpayers-pay-cheesecake-cell-phones-and-rock-chips <p>When the state of Washington gets sued, it’s the multi-million dollar payouts that make the headlines.</p><p>However, every year taxpayers are on the hook for thousands of dollars more in smaller property damage claims: Inmate TV sets, drowned cell phones, rock-chipped windows … even a cheesecake.</p><p> Thu, 13 Jan 2011 18:58:49 +0000 Austin Jenkins 529 at http://www.kplu.org Taxpayers pay for cheesecake, cell phones and rock chips 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