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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.

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  • 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

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Prison Life & Culture

Riots, Lockdowns & Escapes

Suicides in Prison

  • Washington Prisons Will No Longer Punish Inmates For 'Self-Harm'
    Washington’s prison system has announced a major policy change when it comes to inmates who harm themselves. The Department of Corrections said Thursday that it will no longer sanction inmates for cutting or other acts of self-injury....[more]

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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