Washington Department of Corrections

Prisons
10:15 am
Tue April 10, 2012

Some Washington prison inmates given pet cats

VANCOUVER, Wash. — The Larch Corrections Center near Yacolt is testing how pet cats may soften the behavior of hardened criminals.

Two cats were given to inmates in two cells at the minimum-security prison.

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Economic woes
1:43 pm
Wed September 14, 2011

Felons reentering society have it even tougher in down economy

Getting out of jail in a tough economy can make reentry into society that much harder for people already hard to employ.
Thomas Hawk Flickr

VANCOUVER, Wash. — It can be hard to find a job these days – especially with a felony conviction on your record.

That'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.

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State prisons
5:01 pm
Fri August 26, 2011

Wash. prisons ask Facebook to disable inmate accounts

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington prison officials are following California's lead. This month they asked social media giant Facebook to agree to disable active inmate accounts.

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Law
5:36 pm
Mon August 22, 2011

'Bad Hair Bandit' raises questions about staff-inmate relationships

The case of the "Bad Hair Bandit" raises questions some prison experts say haven'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.

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Law
2:49 pm
Wed July 27, 2011

Wash. prisons fined for safety violations after officer murder

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Lapses in training and “serious” 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’s workplace safety watchdog.

The agency issued citations and fines Wednesday against the Department of Corrections.

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Law and Justice
9:19 am
Mon February 21, 2011

State prison inmates are now older, whiter and more violent

Correctional officer Ken Kleinworth frisks an inmate leaving a dining hall at the Washington Corrections Center in Shleton last Thursday. The population of Washington state prison inmates has become whiter, older and more violent in the past decade.
AP

The population of Washington state prison inmates has become whiter, older and more violent in the past decade. That's according to an Associated Press review of Department of Corrections records.

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Crime
6:11 am
Tue February 1, 2011

Questions linger over prison guard's killing


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.

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Crime
7:37 am
Mon January 31, 2011

Monroe prison guard murdered over weekend

Correctional Officer Jayme Biendl
Wash. DOC

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.

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Lawsuits
10:58 am
Thu January 13, 2011

Taxpayers pay for cheesecake, cell phones and rock chips

Joe A. Williams’ confiscated strawberry-chocolate cheesecake.
Photo courtesy WA DOC

When the state of Washington gets sued, it’s the multi-million dollar payouts that make the headlines.

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.

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Washington's Prisons
6:47 am
Wed November 17, 2010

Teamsters file suit over prison cuts

Union correctional workers are unhappy about recent budget cut plans. This is the correctional facility in Shelton, WA.
AP

Unionized prison employees will picket outside the Monroe prison this morning. They’re protesting budget cuts. The union has also filed a formal lawsuit.

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