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Prison News | Washington

Recent events, organized by category (below) or region/state (right), concerning the corrections industry in Washington. Comments, suggestions and contributions (below) appreciated.


Education & Rehabilitation

Executions, Death Row & the Death Penalty

  • Inmate released under new justice reform law accused of murder
    Joel Francisco was 14 years into a life sentence when he became one of the first prisoners released under President Donald Trump's criminal justice reform law. Now he's accused of murder....[more]

  • Serial killer’s execution on hold as US Supreme Court considers final appeals
    Gary Ray Bowles killed 6 men from Daytona Beach to the Washington D.C. area and scheduled to die by lethal injection at 6 p.m. at Florida State Prison....[more]

  • Owner of Vancouver, Washington Precious Metals Firm Sentenced to Prison for Wire Fraud
    A Vancouver, Washington, business owner who stole from later clients to pay off earlier ones in the style of a Ponzi scheme was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to four years in prison, announced U.S. Attorney Brian T. Moran. AARON MICHAEL SCOTT, 40, of Portland, Oregon, was indicted in October 2018 following state and federal investigations of his internet precious metals business, Blue Moon Coins....[more]

  • Paul Manafort’s Prison Sentence Is Nearly Doubled to 7.5 Years
    WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Wednesday nearly doubled the prison sentence of President Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, to seven and a half years, denouncing him as a man who “spent a significant portion of his career gaming the system.”...[more]

Gangs in Prison

Health & Medical Treatment

  • Judge denies order for mentally ill in jails
    SEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge said Wednesday she has serious constitutional concerns about the way the state handles mentally ill people waiting in jails for competency evaluations and treatment, but she denied a temporary restraining order, saying she needs more information before making changes to Washington's mental health system....[more]

  • Should Prisoners Get Expensive Hepatitis C Drugs?
    If used widely, a new generation of antiviral drugs has the potential to wipe out the deadly hepatitis C virus in the United States. But the high price of the drugs might prevent their use in prisons, which house as many as one-third of those who are infected....[more]

Prison Classification, Placement, & Release

Prison Conditions & Corruption

No recent news for Washington in this category.

Prison Life & Culture

Riots, Lockdowns & Escapes

Suicides in Prison

Workplace & Industry News, and Science & Tech News

  • At a glance: A look at how Washington state handles electronic monitoring of offenders
    THE OFFENDERS: Electronic monitoring in Washington state is used in a variety of ways, including the use of radio frequency to track curfews, GPS to monitor more serious offenders, and alcohol testing. The state Department of Corrections ......[more]

  • 3 firings, 1 demotion overturned in case of prison-guard slaying
    Citing a pattern of institutional complacency at the Monroe Reformatory, an arbitrator has overturned the firings of three state prison officers and the demotion of a sergeant stemming from the slaying of Corrections Officer Jayme Biendl in ......[more]

  • Cities in King County, Washington, SCORE with Award-Winning Jail
    When King County, Washington ran out of room in their jails and decided to no longer accept misdemeanor arrests from cities in the county, seven cities in the King County area formed a multijurisdictional committee to develop a plan to address the housing of individuals arrested for misdemeanor offenses in their cities. The South Correctional Entity Multijurisdictional Jail (SCORE) was built by the SCORE Public Development Authority and is managed by the SCORE governmental administrative agency which has representation from all seven member cities. The planning and effort spent on this project resulted in a successful misdemeanor jail facili...[more]

  • State employees to start receiving temporary layoff notices Monday unless budget deal reached
    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Thousands of state employees will start receiving notice as early as Monday that they may be temporarily laid off on July 1 unless lawmakers move forward with a budget agreement soon....[more]

  • Dial-a-breathalyzer: Gadget monitors county inmates
    A black box equipped with a bendable straw can detect the slightest amount of booze......[more]



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