OLYMPIA — A Washington state Republican Senate panel investigation casts blame at both Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee and former Department of Corrections Secretary Bernie Warner for a three-year delay in fixing an error that led to the early release of thousands of prisoners.
Date: 05/25/2016 | Northwest
MOSCOW, Idaho — A Moscow man was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday for a 2015 shooting spree in which he shot three people to death and wounded a fourth.
Date: 05/24/2016 | Northwest
WASHINGTON — The Justice Department watchdog says staff error resulted in 157 federal inmates being freed either before or after their correct release dates between 2009 and 2014.
Date: 05/24/2016 | Nation & World
FAIRBANKS, Alaska — A minimum-security prisoner who escaped from a halfway house in Alaska came back three hours later, but it wasn’t to turn himself in.State Troopers say 20-year-old Joshua Yaska returned with an SUV and tried to help other inmates flee the facility in Fairbanks.
Date: 05/23/2016 | Northwest
Associated PressMOUNT VERNON — Authorities say a man in jail on child molestation charges tried to arrange for another inmate to kill his alleged victim.
Date: 05/19/2016 | Northwest
SPOKANE — The Spokane County Jail has entered into a $2.6 million contract with an Alabama-based company that specializes in medical treatment for inmates as the jail has struggled with recruiting medical staff.
Date: 05/19/2016 | Business Wire
KENNEWICK — Fourteen years ago, the small room behind several heavy metal security doors at the Benton Franklin Juvenile Justice Center in Kennewick was a vacant meeting room with empty shelves lining the walls.
Date: 05/18/2016 | Northwest
The recent assault of two officers at the Monroe Correctional Complex is yet another reminder of the sacrifice our state's correctional employees make to keep all of us safe.In the incident, an inmate...
Date: 05/18/2016 | Commentary
HARTFORD, Conn. — A Connecticut man who spent 48 years on the lam after escaping from a work camp in Georgia is in poor health and will ask officials to commute the rest of his 17-year sentence because returning him to prison would amount to a death sentence, his lawyer told The Associated Press on...
Date: 05/13/2016 | Nation & World
YAKIMA — Authorities say an inmate at the Yakima County jail was found dead with significant trauma to his upper body.The Yakima County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release deputies were called to the jail Wednesday morning for a death.
Date: 05/11/2016 | Northwest
BALTIMORE — A man who was sentenced to life in prison for the 1998 stabbing death of a 16-year-old girl is expected to be released this week after new DNA testing showed that blood on the victim’s T-shirt did not match his.
Date: 05/11/2016 | Nation & World
MONROE — Two corrections officers were hospitalized Tuesday after allegedly being assaulted by an inmate at the Washington State Reformatory.
Date: 05/10/2016 | Local News
MEXICO CITY — A federal judge has ruled that the extradition of drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman can move ahead, Mexico’s Judicial Council said Monday. But the country’s Foreign Relations Department must still approve it and the defense can appeal.
Date: 05/09/2016 | Nation & World
MEXICO CITY — Convicted drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who twice pulled off brazen jailbreaks and is fighting to avoid extradition to the United States, was abruptly transferred to a prison in northern Mexico near the Texas border early Saturday.
Date: 05/08/2016 | Nation & World
It can be discouraging to read that about 75 percent of Snohomish County's operating budget goes to support the work of the county's criminal justice system: sheriff's deputies, prosecutors, public defenders, court staff, jail staff and everything in between.And, yes, now...
Date: 05/04/2016 | Editorials
In preparing for a White House conference this week, I've reviewed the recent data on the fight against crime. And it's depressing. For example, the share of violent crimes in the U.S. for which arrests are made is shockingly low — less than half in 2014, the FBI reports. For...
Date: 05/04/2016 | Commentary
RICHMOND, Va. — Republican lawmakers in Virginia will file a lawsuit challenging Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s decision to allow more than 200,000 convicted felons to vote in November, GOP leaders said Monday.
Date: 05/03/2016 | Nation & World
BEND, Ore. — Dozens of convicted offenders in Crook County have been set free because of a lack of jail space.
Date: 05/02/2016 | Northwest
TACOMA — A Tacoma lawyer has been accused of having sex with an inmate and bringing drugs for others while visiting Pierce County Jail.
Date: 04/28/2016 | Northwest
CHICAGO — A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced former House speaker Dennis Hastert to one year and three months in federal prison — a term above what prosecutors had recommended and one that clearly took into account the sexual abuse allegations that generated the criminal...
Date: 04/28/2016 | Nation & World
SALEM, Ore. — Oregon Department of Corrections officials say two men in minimum-security facilities walked away from work crews.Officials said in a news release that Justin Carnes and William McGinnis were missing from their work crews around noon Tuesday.
OLYMPIA — The head of the state’s special commitment center on McNeil Island has resigned.KUOW reported last week that Mark Strong submitted his resignation on Friday. Strong served for more than two years as CEO of the island facility that houses sexual predators.
OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee has signed an executive order to give those who have completed their prison terms more support once they’re back in their community.The order, signed Tuesday, directs several agencies with efforts related to reducing recidivism for recent prisoners.
RICHMOND, Va. — More than 200,000 convicted felons will be eligible to vote and run for public office in Virginia under a sweeping executive order announced Friday by Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
Date: 04/22/2016 | Nation & World
OLYMPIA — The murder of a Monroe corrections officer in 2011 incited Washington to develop and deploy the nation's most comprehensive approach to improving the safety of prison staff.But even with added security cameras, upgraded equipment and revised practices since...
Date: 04/22/2016 | Local News
SPOKANE — A man who escaped from a psychiatric hospital in Washington state where he was sent after being accused of torturing and killing a woman will be sent to a federal mental facility for a competency evaluation, a judge ordered Thursday.Anthony Garver, 28, must...
Date: 04/21/2016 | Local News
CHICAGO — Jack McCullough awoke a few months into his life sentence for the 1957 murder of an Illinois schoolgirl as his cellmate plunged a shank fashioned from a toothbrush into his face, eventually dislodging his eye.
Date: 04/18/2016 | Northwest
CHINO, Calif. — Leslie Van Houten sat before the California panel that would soon recommend her parole as a slight woman with shoulder-length gray hair, a wrinkled face and glasses, a far cry to from the rebellious teen she was when she joined the cult of Charles Manson more than 40 years ago and...
Date: 04/15/2016 | Nation & World
EVERETT — An inmate sentenced to life in prison for attacking a Monroe corrections officer once vowed that the fight for his freedom wasn't over.Nearly two years later, the battle was taken up on Jimi...
Date: 04/15/2016 | Local News
Jailed Colton Harris-Moore fears he'll never see her again
Date: 04/07/2016 | Local News
MOUNT VERNON — Police say the new Skagit County jail set to open in 2017 should help them tackle a backlog of unresolved arrest warrants.
Date: 03/28/2016 | Northwest
YAKIMA — A man spending two consecutive life terms in prison for the 1988 deaths of a Parker couple will be resentenced next week.The Yakima Herald-Republic reported that Herbert Rice and Russell McNeil were 17 when they were arrested in the deaths of Mike and Dorothy...
Date: 03/26/2016 | Northwest
OLYMPIA — The head of the Department of Correction’s information-technology staff has stepped down.Ira Feuer stepped down this week after less than a year as chief information officer for the agency, The News Tribune of Tacoma reported Wednesday.
Date: 03/23/2016 | Northwest
HUNTSVILLE, Texas — A Texas man on death row for killing a worker who was on his property looking for city code violations was put to death Tuesday.
Date: 03/22/2016 | Nation & World
SEATTLE — On his first night of freedom, after nearly 30 years in prison, Barry Massey went to Wal-Mart.He had heard about its vastness, its array of choices, its round-the-clock hours. He walked the aisles, marveling, but wanted more time to carefully consider.
Date: 03/19/2016 | Northwest
KENNEWICK — Officials say an autopsy to determine the cause of death of a 19-year-old mentally ill man who died at the Benton County jail did not reveal a cause.
Date: 03/15/2016 | Northwest
PORTLAND, Ore. — Two former jail workers are in prison for having sex with an inmate who is now suing them, Washington County and the sheriff.
Date: 03/13/2016 | Northwest
Inmates set a fire, seized control of a dormitory and stabbed two corrections officials during a violent uprising at a prison in southern Alabama, authorities said Saturday. The riot prompted the governor to repeat an earlier call for measures to modernize the state's prisons to make...
Date: 03/13/2016 | Nation & World
MONROE — The family of a man killed at the Monroe Correctional Complex last year has filed a federal lawsuit alleging officers at the prison failed to protect him from a fellow inmate spiraling out of control.
Date: 03/10/2016 | Local News
MONROE — A Monroe inmate serving time for a triple murder in 1980 has been denied parole.Timothy Pauley, 56, was convicted in the deaths of three people during a robbery at the Barn Door Tavern in King County. He admitted to killing two of the victims, but in a recent...
Date: 03/10/2016 | Local News
MONROE — Two warning shots were fired Monday to bring an end to an inmate-on-inmate assault in the outdoor yard at the Washington State Reformatory.
Date: 03/07/2016 | Local News
OLYMPIA — Many people in county jails are receiving unemployment benefits they’re ineligible for, according to a state audit released on Monday.
Date: 03/07/2016 | Northwest
Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday sought to inject a dose of urgency into budget negotiations, warning lawmakers he’ll veto bills until they have an agreement.
Date: 03/07/2016 | The Petri Dish
TRI-CITIES — A man charged with a courtroom assault is facing new charges for allegedly threatening a Benton County judge after learning he had to wear restraints during future court proceedings.
Date: 03/06/2016 | Northwest
TACOMA — Corrections officers at a Washington jail are stuck using old radio equipment because the building’s construction limits which frequencies they can access.
Date: 03/01/2016 | Northwest
OLYMPIA — Senators investigating the mistaken early release of inmates zeroed in Monday on the role of the former Department of Corrections leader in allowing the problem to go unfixed for years.A Senate panel quizzed witnesses on whether the management style of...
Date: 02/29/2016 | Local News
OLYMPIA — A Senate panel on Monday turned its focus to the former head of the Department of Corrections who stepped down last year, just two months before the erroneous early release of thousands of prisoners was made public.
Date: 02/29/2016 | Northwest
PYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korea presented a detained American student before the media on Monday in Pyongyang, where he tearfully apologized for attempting to steal a political banner — at the behest, he said, of a member of a church back home who wanted it as a “trophy” — from a staff-only...
Date: 02/29/2016 | Nation & World
When the failure of a government agency results in something as disturbing and life-threatening as the unintended early release of more than 3,200 state prisoners by the Department of Corrections over more than a decade, the investigations into that failure have to provide both...
Date: 02/28/2016 | Editorials
VANCOUVER, Wash. — Authorities say it appears an inmate at the Clark County Jail has committed suicide.Corrections staff found the male prisoner alone and nonresponsive in his cell at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday.
Date: 02/27/2016 | Northwest
OLYMPIA — During the first months of operation, the new Thurston County jail has had its share of problems, according to Thurston County Sheriff's Office officials.As with the old jail, the new one, called the Accountability and Restitution Center, or ARC, is...
Date: 02/27/2016 | Northwest
OLYMPIA — A woman whose son was allegedly shot and killed by a prisoner who was mistakenly released early is planning to sue the state.
Date: 02/26/2016 | Northwest
HESSTON, Kan. — A man who stormed into a Kansas factory where he worked and shot 15 people, killing three, had just been served with a protective order that probably triggered the attack, authorities said Friday.
Date: 02/25/2016 | Nation & World
SPOKANE — A former Spokane police officer convicted of using excessive force in the 2006 death of a developmentally disabled janitor is out of prison.KHQ-TV said that an official at the low-security federal prison in Safford, Arizona, confirmed Karl Thompson was released Thursday.
Date: 02/25/2016 | Northwest
OLYMPIA — A nearly two-month investigation into the early release of prisoners over a 13-year period found a series of missteps within the Department of Corrections and the lack of prioritization or follow up by several employees were to blame for the agency’s failure to...
Date: 02/25/2016 | Northwest
EVERETT — A serial bank robber with 30 holdups to his name has been sent to state prison.
Date: 02/25/2016 | Local News
A report due out as early as Thursday could reveal why the state continued to free inmates early, by mistake, even after workers in the Department of Corrections learned it was happening in late 2012.Two retired federal prosecutors investigated the
Date: 02/24/2016 | The Petri Dish
SEATTLE — Raymond Fryberg has begun serving his time at a federal prison in California.Fryberg, 42, was convicted of gun crimes in connection with the shootings his son perpetrated at Marysville Pilchuck High School in 2014.
Date: 02/24/2016 | Local News
OLYMPIA — A Senate panel Tuesday allocated an additional $75,000 to an investigator hired to help that chamber with its inquiry into the erroneous early release of prisoners in Washington state.The money approved in an early morning 4-3 vote by the Facilities and...
Date: 02/23/2016 | Northwest
PORTLAND, Ore. — An Oregon woman who threw her autistic 6-year-old son off a bridge on the Oregon coast has pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole in 25 years.
Date: 02/23/2016 | Northwest
OLYMPIA — A Senate panel moved into the next stage of its inquiry into the erroneous early release of prisoners in Washington state, releasing thousands of pages of documents and hearing directly from Department of Corrections’ employees Monday about a software coding error that went unnoticed for...
Date: 02/22/2016 | Northwest
ARLINGTON — An Arlington man was sentenced this week to more than 34 years in state prison for a shooting that took place last year.
Date: 02/20/2016 | Local News
MONROE — A man who was 14 years old when he was sentenced to life without parole for a 1987 murder walked free from a Washington state prison Tuesday, the first beneficiary of a state law allowing such juvenile offenders to petition for release after a quarter-century.
Date: 02/16/2016 | Northwest
EVERETT — An inmate was sentenced to another five years behind bars for an assault at the Monroe Correctional Complex. The beating happened in 2014. Joshua Kellerman punched another inmate in the face while the two were waiting in line for medicine, court papers said.
Date: 02/16/2016 | Local News
MONTERREY, Mexico — Prosecutors charged three state officers with homicide after a bloody prison brawl that ended with 49 dead, raising questions about what happened during the melee inside Mexico’s Topo Chico lockup that saw inmates fight with hammers, cudgels and makeshift knives.
Date: 02/12/2016 | Nation & World
OLYMPIA — An outside investigator hired by a Senate panel to assist that chamber’s inquiry into the erroneous early release of thousands of prisoners in Washington state told lawmakers his team has reviewed more than 54,000 documents so far.
Date: 02/10/2016 | Northwest
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
Family forced to relive 35-year-old murders
Date: 02/07/2016 | Local News
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
HOQUIAM — Hoquiam Police have arrested a man who escaped from Grays Harbor County custody while on a medical furlough.
Date: 01/18/2016 | Northwest
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 — 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
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
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
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
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
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