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Where accountability is lacking

To listen to Republicans in the Legislature, there's an accountability problem in state government.It's why majority Republicans and the one Democrat who caucuses with them ousted Secretary of...

Date: 02/09/2016 | Editorials

Fighting against killer's parole

Family forced to relive 35-year-old murders

Date: 02/07/2016 | Local News

Washington corrections secretary quits in wake of release errors

OLYMPIA — One day after Republican senators sacked a senior member of Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee's administration, the embattled leader of the state...

Date: 02/06/2016 | Local News

Before campaign, Cruz sought sentencing reforms

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, had the voice of a liberal and a libertarian when he wrote a piece for the Brennan Center for Justice in April that ripped the federal criminal justice system on three fronts — "overcriminalization, harsh mandatory minimum sentences, and the demise of...

Date: 02/02/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Jail escapees kidnapped cab driver, fought over whether or not to kill him

LOS ANGELES — The three men who escaped from an Orange County jail last week held a cab driver hostage for several days, and an argument over whether or not to kill the man may have prompted one of the fugitives to surrender, sheriff’s officials said Monday.

Date: 02/01/2016 | Nation & World

After arrests, focus turns to how 3 men escaped from jail

SANTA ANA, Calif. — Now that the three violent inmates who escaped from a California jail are back in custody, the focus will turn to how they were able to saw, crawl and climb their way out of a maximum-security facility.

Date: 01/31/2016 | Nation & World

Reason and doubt

Viewpoints: The lessons from "Making a Murderer'

Date: 01/31/2016 | Commentary

Return to prison would have added to state's error

The past five years have been the most harrowing of my life. They were a struggle I never would have imagined for my family and me to experience. Nevertheless, it happened, and we are all stronger individuals and a more resilient family because of it.I was incarcerated at...

Date: 01/31/2016 | Commentary

All three California escapees back in custody

SANTA ANA, Calif. — A tip from an observant woman led San Francisco police to catch two escaped inmates who had been on the run for more than a week, Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens said Saturday.

Date: 01/29/2016 | Nation & World

Panel approves hiring attorney in probe of early prisoner release

OLYMPIA — A Senate panel on Thursday approved the hiring of an outside investigator to sort through documents received as part of that chamber’s inquiry into the erroneous early release of thousands of prisoners in Washington state.

Date: 01/28/2016 | Northwest

DOC settles with woman beaten by released inmate

SEATTLE — The Department of Corrections has agreed to pay more than $1 million in connection with the beating of a woman by an inmate who was released in September 2012.KING-TV reported the settlement was reached this week between the DOC and Jane Gregory.

Date: 01/28/2016 | Northwest

Gang members held in jail break; escapees still free

LOS ANGELES — Several gang members have been arrested in connection with a jailbreak at Orange County's largest lockup, but police have yet to locate the three men who escaped from the Men's Central Jail in Santa Ana last week, Sheriff Sandra Hutchens said Wednesday.It...

Date: 01/28/2016 | Nation & World

Kip Kinkel’s attorney to use Supreme Court ruling in appeal

PORTLAND, Ore. — An attorney for Thurston High School shooter Kipland P. Kinkel will augment an appeal of his nearly 112-year prison sentence by using a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on juvenile life in prison sentences.The Supreme Court Monday extended its ban on...

Date: 01/25/2016 | Northwest

Sailor sentenced in Navy bribery probe

For the foreign defense contractor, stealing U.S. Navy secrets turned out to be a breeze. All it took was a little cash, a few cheap gifts-and a willing sailor.

Date: 01/21/2016 | Nation & World

Subpoenas approved for documents about release of prisoners

OLYMPIA — A Senate panel Tuesday approved a subpoena resolution that seeks documents related to the erroneous early release of thousands of prisoners in Washington state.

Date: 01/19/2016 | Northwest

Man who escaped Grays Harbor County custody now back in jail

HOQUIAM — Hoquiam Police have arrested a man who escaped from Grays Harbor County custody while on a medical furlough.

Date: 01/18/2016 | Northwest

Another state prison scandal merits attention: cost

The fact that the state Department of Corrections mistakenly released 3,200 prison inmates early can only cause victims and everyday taxpayers alike to be dumbfounded as to why a problem finally identified in 2012 took this long to correct, let alone disclose.Beyond the...

Date: 01/17/2016 | Commentary

Senate panel to seek subpoena in early release of inmates

OLYMPIA — Expressing concern about an ongoing state investigation into the early release of thousands of prisoners in Washington state over a 13-year period, Republican leaders of a Senate committee said Tuesday they are seeking subpoena power in order to conduct their own investigation.

Date: 01/14/2016 | Northwest

Chicago jail on lockdown because so many guards called in sick

Cook County Jail in Chicago, home to roughly 8,500 inmates, was placed on lockdown Tuesday after staffing levels fell too low to safely maintain normal operations, officials said.

Date: 01/12/2016 | Nation & World

Lawyers urge judge to require timely competency services

SEATTLE — Lawyers for mentally ill criminal defendants want a federal judge to force Washington officials to provide timely mental health services, opposing a delay sought by the state.

Date: 01/12/2016 | Northwest

Drug lord’s talk with Sean Penn led to his capture

MEXICO CITY — Recaptured drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s secret interview with U.S. actor Sean Penn helped authorities locate his whereabouts, a Mexican law enforcement official said late Saturday.

Date: 01/09/2016 | Nation & World

Officials ID more crimes by Washington prisoners released early

OLYMPIA — Corrections officials say at least 27 prisoners mistakenly released early due to a software coding error committed crimes when they should have still been in prison.

Date: 01/08/2016 | Northwest

Sheriff asks anti-government militants to leave

BURNS, Ore. — Three Oregon sheriffs met Thursday with leaders of an armed group occupying a federal wildlife refuge in southeastern Oregon and asked them to leave, after residents made it clear they wanted them to go home.Harney County Sheriff David Ward, accompanied...

Date: 01/07/2016 | Nation & World

Prosecutor: No death penalty in stomping death of Monroe inmate

MONROE — Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Roe won’t seek the execution of a mentally ill inmate who is accused of stomping another prisoner to death.

Date: 01/06/2016 | Local News

Delay in fixing early release problem maddening, costly

It's the kind of news that shakes confidence in state government; that 3,200 state Department of Corrections prisoners were released earlier than they should have been when software used to determine release dates...

Date: 01/05/2016 | Editorials

Oregton Buddhist leads prison inmates in meditation

PENDLETON, Ore. — Joe Engum of Pendleton started mediating because of a personal trauma.And for eight years now, Engum has been sharing that practice with other men experiencing troubles — inmates at state prisons.

Date: 01/02/2016 | Northwest

At least 3 Washington prisoners released in error committed new crimes

OLYMPIA — State officials say that at least three prisoners who were erroneously released early committed crimes during the time they should have been in prison.

Date: 12/24/2015 | Northwest

Bellingham balks at overcrowding issue in 2016 jail contract

BELLINGHAM — It appears Bellingham will be starting 2016 without a jail contract.The Bellingham Herald reported the Whatcom County Council approved a six-month contract extension earlier this month, but the city of Bellingham is not ready to sign.

Date: 12/19/2015 | Northwest

Do more to ensure safety of corrections staff at Monroe

As we give thanks this holiday season, we must not forget to honor the sacrifice of the men and women who put their lives on the line every day to serve and protect our communities.While most of us will be spending the holidays with our families, thousands of correctional...

Date: 12/19/2015 | Commentary

Jury convicts Sovereign Citizens in $2 million IRS tax fraud

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A federal jury in Columbia Wednesday found five defendants guilty of committing various kinds of tax fraud in conspiring to get millions in IRS refunds and actually getting some $2 million before government agents discovered their scheme.

Date: 12/17/2015 | Nation & World

Prisoner escapes from Clallam County jail

PORT ANGELES — Authorities in Port Angeles are looking for an escaped prisoner who was being held in the Clallam County jail on property crimes.The Clallam County sheriff’s office says inmate Anthony Joshua Freitas, 26, was reported missing around 3 p.m. Saturday.

Date: 12/06/2015 | Northwest

Revenge porn purveyor is sentenced to prison

Hunter Moore, the man who created an infamous revenge porn site, was sentenced to more than two years in prison on Wednesday, according to the City News Service.

Date: 12/03/2015 | Nation & World

Former coal CEO Don Blankenship convicted in mine disaster

Associated PressCHARLESTON, W.Va. — Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship was convicted Thursday of a misdemeanor count connected to a deadly coal mine explosion and acquitted of more serious charges.

Date: 12/03/2015 | Nation & World

GOP contenders talk about drug abuse; racial, partisan rifts persist

More than 40 years after Republican president Richard M. Nixon coined the phrase “war on drugs,” many GOP presidential candidates are calling for an end to one of its central tenets - by agreeing with Democrats to treat low-level drug offenders rather than incarcerating them.

Date: 11/28/2015 | Nation & World

Everett man, 52, dies of natural causes in Skagit County jail

MOUNT VERNON — An inmate has died at Skagit County jail. The sheriff’s office has asked the Mount Vernon police to investigate the death but they say the 52-year-old Everett man had a history of heart disease and died of natural causes.

Date: 11/27/2015 | Northwest

Spokane approves $250,000 for defense in jail death case

SPOKANE — Spokane officials have set aside $250,000 in legal fees to defend the city against a $6.5 million wrongful death claim by the family of a man who choked on his own vomit while being booked into the Spokane County Jail.

Date: 11/24/2015 | Northwest

Inmate allegedly assaults corrections officers in Monroe

MONROE — Police are investigating after an inmate reportedly assaulted two officers at the Monroe Correctional Complex.The incident was reported just before noon Sunday in the dining hall of the Washington State Reformatory, officials said.

Date: 11/23/2015 | Local News

Prison violated rules, destroyed evidence in inmate homicide, DOC review finds

MONROE — When detectives arrived to investigate a vicious assault at the Monroe Correctional Center in May, they expected to examine the crime scene.They couldn't.There wasn't one.When a Monroe Police Department detective inquired about the...

Date: 11/22/2015 | Local News

Officials change story on why Green River killer moved

OLYMPIA — Washington’s Department of Corrections Secretary says serial killer Gary Ridgway was moved from a prison in the state to one in Colorado because he was a security threat who might harm staff.

Date: 11/20/2015 | Northwest

Release set for convicted Navy spy Jonathan Pollard

WASHINGTON — Jonathan Pollard, the Navy intelligence analyst whose 1985 arrest for selling secrets to Israel set off a sensational spy saga, is scheduled to be released from federal prison next week, marking the end of a three-decade diplomatic burr in the relationship between the...

Date: 11/15/2015 | Nation & World

We can cure what jails can't

We reached this point gradually over more than 60 years.Beginning in the 1950s, deinstitutionalization shifted those with mental illnesses from state psychiatric hospitals to community-level nursing homes and similar facilities. Then cuts in state and federal funding in the...

Date: 11/15/2015 | Editorials

Oregon inmate, contractor sentenced in sex-for-contraband scheme

MEDFORD, Ore. — An Oregon inmate has pleaded guilty to his role in a sex-for-contraband scheme in Jackson County jail.

Date: 11/11/2015 | Northwest

Escaped Lincoln County inmate arrested

SPOKANE — Authorities say an inmate who escaped from the Lincoln County Jail has been arrested and taken into custody.KHQ-TV reported that Ronald Rutledge was arrested without incident near Loon Lake on Monday after U.S. Marshals received a tip that he was in the area.

Date: 11/10/2015 | Northwest

Washington's center for sexual predators under fire

MCNEIL ISLAND, Wash. — The college campus-styled facility tucked inside razor-wire-laced electric fences on a restricted and tightly guarded island in Puget Sound houses some of the most dangerous and feared criminals in Washington state: sexually violent predators.The...

Date: 10/31/2015 | Northwest

Man escapes from Lincoln County jail

DAVENPORT — The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is searching for an inmate who escaped from jail.

Date: 10/30/2015 | Northwest

Car chase becomes foot chase before woman surrenders to trooper

EVERETT — She really didn’t want to go to jail.That’s what the Everett woman tearfully told a Washington State Patrol trooper Wednesday morning as she was being arrested.The trooper had a pretty good notion that was the case before she started talking.

Date: 10/29/2015 | Local News

Federal drug inmates set for early release

About 6,000 federal inmates whose drug sentences were reduced will begin making their way home Friday from halfway houses and prisons across the country as a result of policy changes made by the U.S. Sentencing Commission.

Date: 10/28/2015 | Nation & World

Challenges abound for U.S. kids who’ve had a parent in prison

Three years ago, the little girl would hide under a table when confronted with reminders that both her parents were in prison.

Date: 10/27/2015 | Nation & World

Gary Ridgway, the Green River Killer, back in Walla Walla prison

SEATTLE — One of the nation’s most prolific murderers, Green River serial killer Gary Ridgway, has been returned to a Washington state prison after a transfer to Colorado upset relatives of his victims as well as investigators who handled the case.

Date: 10/25/2015 | Northwest

FCC reduces cost of phone calls to inmates in Washington

SEATTLE — The Federal Communications Commission announced this week it has put a limit on how much phone companies can charge for phone calls to prison inmates in Washington state and elsewhere.

Date: 10/25/2015 | Northwest

Aerospace engineer gets 8 years for espionage

HARTFORD, Conn. — An Iranian-American engineer was sentenced Friday to more than eight years in prison for trying to send sensitive U.S. military documents to Iran as he tried to get teaching jobs at state-run universities there.Mozaffar Khazaee, a former employee of...

Date: 10/24/2015 | Business Wire

Gambler gets 5 years for fake chips

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — A poker player is going to prison for bringing millions of dollars in counterfeit chips to a tournament and then breaking the plumbing when he flushed them down a toilet to hide the evidence.

Date: 10/22/2015 | Nation & World

Federal prisons to kick pork off the menu

WASHINGTON — The nation’s pork producers are in an uproar after the federal government abruptly removed bacon, pork chops, pork links, ham and all other pig products from the national menu for 206,000 federal inmates.

Date: 10/10/2015 | Nation & World

State receives grant to foster bond between inmates, family

OLYMPIA — Washington state has received a federal grant aimed at helping inmates with children prepare to transition back into their families after their release.

Date: 10/09/2015 | Northwest

Oregon’s oldest death row inmate asks governor for clemency

PORTLAND, Ore. — Lawyers for Oregon’s oldest death row inmate are making a last-ditch appeal to allow their client to spend his final days in hospice instead of in prison as he dies from severe chronic pulmonary disease.

Date: 10/09/2015 | Northwest

Inmates slip away en route to halfway houses

WASHINGTON — More than 240 inmates have slipped away from federal custody in the past three years while traveling to halfway houses, including several who committed bank robberies and a carjacking while on the lam, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.

Date: 10/05/2015 | Nation & World

Sheriff apologizes to lawyers asked to remove bras at jail

PORTLAND, Maine — A sheriff apologized Thursday to a pair of female lawyers who were told they needed to take off their underwire bras at jail to avoid setting off the metal detector if they wanted to talk to their incarcerated clients.

Date: 09/25/2015 | Nation & World

Prison phone smugglers dangerous, indictment says

ATLANTA — They brokered drug deals, ran telephone scams and ordered a hit on a government witness — crimes that fetch long stints in prison. Except these criminals were already in prison.

Date: 09/25/2015 | Nation & World

Washington corrections secretary quits after 4 years on job

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington state Corrections Secretary Bernie Warner has announced he is leaving the department to work at a private company that runs prisons in eight states.The department says he will be leaving his state job Oct. 16 for a job in the private sector.

Date: 09/22/2015 | Northwest

Peanut boss gets 28 years for 9 salmonella deaths

Former peanut executive Stewart Parnell was sentenced Monday to 28 years in prison for his role in a nationwide salmonella outbreak that killed nine people and sickened hundreds more in 2008 and 2009.

Date: 09/21/2015 | Nation & World

Sister of victim angry over relocation of Green River killer

SEATTLE — The sister of Gary Ridgway’s 49th victim said Monday that she is disgusted with the Washington State Department of Corrections for agreeing to move the Green River killer to an out-of-state prison where he will have more freedom and social contacts.

Date: 09/14/2015 | Northwest

Four inmates dead after a 2-minute prison fight in Oklahoma

An altercation between inmates that lasted about two minutes resulted in the death of four prisoners, the company that runs the Cimarron Correctional Facility in Cushing, Oklahoma, said Sunday.

Date: 09/13/2015 | Nation & World

Prison in Shelton to offer nature videos in solitary

SHELTON — For dozens of maximum custody prisoners at Washington Corrections Center, 23 hours each day is spent alone in a small cell, with an hour to walk or run, also alone, in a recreation room with high concrete walls and a metal-grated roof that offers a view of the sky.

Date: 09/07/2015 | Northwest

Documents: Green River killer transferred to avoid isolation

SEATTLE — Gary Ridgway, known as the Green River killer for murdering 49 people over 20 years, was transferred to a Colorado prison so he could be brought out of isolation, newly released documents reveal.

Date: 09/05/2015 | Northwest

Hospital detentions of mentally ill increasing

OLYMPIA — More than a year ago, a state Supreme Court ruling spurred a full-court press by state government to find space for patients with mental illness. Detentions outside the psychiatric units intended to treat those patients became more rare.

Date: 09/05/2015 | Northwest

4 living units at Walla Walla Penitentiary on lockdown

WALLA WALLA — Four living units in the west complex of the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla are on lockdown after a fight in the outdoor recreation yards.

Date: 09/01/2015 | Northwest

Deschutes County doesn’t take blame for Oregon inmate’s death

BEND, Ore. — Deschutes County is denying responsibility for the December overdose death of an inmate in the county jail.

Date: 09/01/2015 | Northwest

Legionnaires’ disease hits San Quentin prison

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Dozens of San Quentin prisoners were under observation Saturday after an inmate was diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease, prompting a weekend halt to visitors and limited drinking water supplies at the Northern California lockup.An inmate who was...

Date: 08/29/2015 | Nation & World

Washington prisoners spend time with bees behind bars

SEATTLE — Inmates in Littlerock are being trained by bee keepers as part of a program that connects prisoners to sustainable farming.

Date: 08/28/2015 | Northwest

Wrongly sentenced felon freed after 12 years

SEATTLE — A man has been freed from prison after serving an unjust 12-year reported Nickia Striet was released Thursday by the same judge who sentenced him more than a decade ago.

Date: 08/28/2015 | Northwest

Manson family killer eligible for parole

Bruce Davis, an associate of Charles Manson who was convicted in two of the nine killings tied to the cult, was found Thursday to be eligible for parole, California corrections officials said.

Date: 08/27/2015 | Nation & World

Units at Washington state prison on lockdown after fight

WALLA WALLA — Officials at the Washington State Penitentiary say two West Complex living units were placed on lockdown after warning shots were fired during a fight involving multiple offenders.The visiting schedule for those units was cancelled Wednesday.

Date: 08/26/2015 | Northwest

Yakima jail inmate escapes from custody Tuesday

YAKIMA — A man escaped from custody in Yakima County on Tuesday morning.Daniel James Williams, of Yakima, was in jail after being sentenced for trafficking in stolen property and possessing a stolen motor vehicle. He escaped while working outside the jail.

Date: 08/25/2015 | Northwest

Monitor: Too many in jails awaiting competency services

SEATTLE — Efforts by Washington state health officials to shorten the amount of time mentally ill people wait in jails for competency services are failing to keep up with a growing demand and urgent measures are needed to deal with the backlogs, according to a court-ordered monitor.

Date: 08/23/2015 | Northwest

Inmate fight leads to prison lockdown; minor injuries

MONROE — A fight among inmates has led to a lockdown at the Washington State Reformatory.Multiple inmates began fighting in the outdoor yard around 6 p.m. Monday.No staff members were injured, and minor injuries were reported among the inmates, the state Department of Corrections reported.

Date: 08/18/2015 | Local News

Hunt for excaped killers cost $1 million a day

ALBANY, N.Y. — Payroll records suggest the hunt for two escaped killers in northern New York cost more than $1 million a day, with overtime alone for state troopers and corrections officers $22 million higher than last year.State comptroller records obtained Friday by...

Date: 08/14/2015 | Nation & World

‘Concerns continue’ about integrity of prison sewage system

MONROE — In a news release last week, the state Department of Corrections announced that some of its prisons had earned environmental awards from a fellow agency, the state...

Date: 08/12/2015 | Local News

Man who planted MLK Day bomb in Spokane denied appeal

SPOKANE — A federal judge has denied an appeal by a man serving a 32-year prison sentence for planting a bomb along the route of the Martin Luther King Day parade in Spokane in 2011.U.S. District Court Judge Justin Quackenbush on Monday threw out the latest appeal from Kevin Harpham.

Date: 08/04/2015 | Northwest

Connecting cats and cons

Volunteer brings felines to inmates, who help tame them

Date: 07/31/2015 | Local News

State appeals order to pay $1.3 million in competency case

SEATTLE — Washington state health officials are appealing a federal court order to pay $1.3 million in attorney’s fees to lawyers of mentally ill defendants who sued the state for warehousing them in jails.

Date: 07/22/2015 | Northwest

Two men involved in hash-oil explosion sentenced to 3 years

SEATTLE — A federal judge has sentenced two men to three years in prison for allowing another man to manufacture hash oil in their Bellevue apartment in 2013.

Date: 07/21/2015 | Northwest

Man dies in Cowlitz County Jail

KELSO — The Cowlitz County sheriff’s office is investigating after a 55-year-old Longview man died at the Cowlitz County Jail.Authorities said there aren’t signs of foul play and it’s not clear yet how he died.

Date: 07/20/2015 | Northwest

Actions speak louder than the flag wavers

When President Obama arrived in Oklahoma City on Wednesday, a vulgar sight awaited him: About 10 demonstrators across the street from his downtown hotel waving Confederate battle flags as the motorcade pulled up.Such a greeting of the nation's first black president would...

Date: 07/19/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Obama finally makes just use of his pardon pen

President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 46 federal drug offenders Monday. In his first term, Obama issued one meager commutation; he was arguably the stingiest modern president when it came to the exercise of his pardon authority. Now, White House spokesman Josh Earnest noted,...

Date: 07/16/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Grant County Jail inmate found dead in cell

EPHRATA — A Grant County corrections spokesman says a 50-year-old Moses Lake man has been found dead in his cell at the Grant County Jail in Ephrata.

Date: 07/14/2015 | Northwest

Sheriff: Female inmate dies in Spokane County Jail

SPOKANE — A Spokane County sheriff’s spokesman says a female inmate has died in the Spokane County Jail.

Date: 07/14/2015 | Northwest

Details of death reveal disturbing, inhumane treatment

On April 20, Keaton Farris was arrested for failing to appear at a hearing for passing a bad check. He had no previous record. At the time of his arrest he told a Lynnwood police officer: "I'm off my meds and I'm pretty anxious right now but your badge is calming me...

Date: 07/12/2015 | Commentary

Inmate was cut nearly in two, organs missing

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Nearly 15 hours after a riot at a Northern California prison, guards found a missing inmate sawed nearly in two, with his abdominal organs and most chest organs removed, his body folded and stuffed into a garbage can in a shower stall a few doors from his cell.

Date: 07/11/2015 | Nation & World

President Obama will visit federal prison

WASHINGTON — President Obama will visit a federal prison in Oklahoma, White House officials said Friday, as part of his intensified push to overhaul the nation's criminal justice system.The Thursday trip will be "the first visit by a sitting U.S. president to a...

Date: 07/11/2015 | Nation & World

Spokane deputies searching for inmate who stole truck

SPOKANE VALLEY — The Spokane County sheriff’s office says deputies in Spokane Valley are searching for a work-crew inmate who stole a county truck Tuesday morning.

Date: 07/07/2015 | Northwest

Woman dies in Pierce County Jail

TACOMA — An inmate at the Pierce County Jail was found dead in her bunk a day after she was booked into the jail.The Tacoma News Tribune reported that authorities say 47-year-old Winona Taraya, of Ocean Park, was found dead about 8:30 a.m.

Date: 07/07/2015 | Northwest

Yakima County to begin pre-trial program to lower jail costs

YAKIMA — Yakima County is getting ready to allow certain people arrested for low-level, non-violent crimes to be released from jail while they await trial.

Date: 07/07/2015 | Northwest

Police: Surviving escapee could face a harder time alone

MALONE, N.Y. — With his escape partner killed, the surviving convicted murderer who pulled off an elaborate breakout from a maximum-security prison three weeks ago could have a tougher time eluding the army of searchers scouring miles of thick woods in far northern New York, police said...

Date: 06/27/2015 | Nation & World

Fight at Walla Walla penitentiary injures 3 inmates

WALLA WALLA — A Washington state Corrections Department spokesman says a fight involving multiple inmates at the state penitentiary outside Walla Walla has injured three offenders.

Date: 06/24/2015 | Northwest

2 Oregon inmates thwarted in escape attempt

SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Corrections says two female inmates tried to escape Monday.Spokeswoman Elizabeth Craig says 47-year-old Christina Davidson and 31-year-old Nichole Whitaker ran away from their prison jobs at the agency’s main warehouse for food and supplies in Salem.

Date: 06/22/2015 | Northwest

2 minimum security state inmates escape from prison near Vancouver

VANCOUVER — A spokeswoman for Washington’s Larch Corrections Center says two minimum security inmates have escaped from a work crew in southwest Washington.

Date: 06/16/2015 | Northwest

Prosecutor says escaped killers used contractors’ tools

DANNEMORA, N.Y. — The two killers who cut their way out of a maximum-security prison apparently used tools routinely stored there by contractors, taking care to return them to their toolboxes after each night’s work so that no one would notice, a prosecutor said Sunday.

Date: 06/14/2015 | Nation & World

Bard behind bars plays a role in inmates’ rehabilitation

Julius Caesar lay dead. The senators who took his life stood dumbstruck, faced with the foul deed they had done, and then fled in a panic. Mark Antony stared at the corpse in horror and then raged, "Cry ‘Havoc!' and let slip the dogs of war." He picked up Caesar's...

Date: 06/14/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Residents on edge as search for escaped killers continues

DANNEMORA, N.Y. — Residents in rural New York, unaccustomed to locking their doors, day or night, were on edge Saturday as the massive manhunt for two killers stretched over an eighth day and the two men remained undetected after cutting themselves out of a maximum-security prison...

Date: 06/13/2015 | Nation & World

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