Tag Archives: Washington

WA: Prison inmates learning aerospace work

From the article: “About a dozen inmates are enrolled in a program that will make them certified aerospace composite technicians. Their goal is a post-prison chance to land jobs at companies like Boeing and its suppliers.”

Prison industries – one of the best defenses against recidivism and an opportunity for an inmate to learn skills that will help him find employment post-release.  Some people equate prison industries to slave labor, but it could not be further from the truth (at least not in Ohio – I can’t speak for other states) and it remains a valuable component of true rehabilitation.  We don’t have aerospace education in our prisons, but it sounds like a neat opportunity.

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WA: Spokane jail inmate who died had called for help

From the article: “The inmate who died Sunday in the Spokane County Jail has been identified as a man who had called 911 for help with a drug overdose because he was a diabetic and had ingested methamphetamine.”

That’s not the bad part.  This is the bad part:

Christopher J. Parker, 33, was evaluated by fire department paramedics who didn’t feel he needed to go to a hospital. Instead, they turned him over to police, and he was jailed on an outstanding arrest warrant.

In jail, authorities say Parker became uncooperative and Corrections deputies shocked him with a Taser and put him in a restraint chair where he stopped breathing.

Talk about a failure on multiple levels…

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WA: State prisons rethink solitary confinement

From the article: “Washington’s prisons are at the forefront of a new approach to solitary confinement, finding that a new focus on rehabilitation may calm some inmates’ behavior in prison and prevent violence once they are back on the street.”

Shocker.

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WA inmate in critical condition after Taser used

From the article, “A Kennewick, Wash., jail inmate who reportedly stopped breathing shortly after being shocked with a Taser remains hospitalized in critical condition.”

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WA: Monroe inmate sentenced for attempted murder

From the article: “A Monroe prison inmate was sentenced Wednesday in Everett to another 24 years in prison for trying to kill another inmate in 2009 in a prison laundry room.”

This is AFTER he completes his 30 year sentence for strangling a cellmate in 2006.

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WA: At jail, a rising tide of suicide

From the article: “Between 2007 and 2011, there were nine suicides in the Clark County Jail. In 2007 there were eight suicide attempts; so far this year there have been 19 attempts, said Clark County Sheriff’s Commander Ric Bishop.”

According to the article, reforms include:

• replacing all 42 shower heads with shorter-nozzled models, and replacing at least 356 protruding fire sprinklers. Installing new sprinklers will require cutting into walls and moving pipes;

• working with a local mental health services provider to share information; and

• increasing mental health services in the jail by 40 hours, to 120 hours a week, and services will be available during the night. A psychiatrist will be at the jail three hours a week to see the most troubled inmates.

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Washington Department of Corrections searches for solutions to offender crowding

As with corrections departments around the nation, WA struggles with an increasing inmate population.  The legislature requested a report to study the overcrowding issue.  The key take-a-way?  WA will have to increase capacity by 1,000 beds in the next decade.  Read the article here.

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Video of prison riot reveals dangers behind bars

This video is a must-see for anyone interested in corrections and use of force.  According to the news article, a secret source gave a flashdrive to one of the local reporters.  The flashdrive had surveillance footage on it from a unit that experienced a riot.  What you will see is perhaps one of the best arguments for the use of OC spray (aka mace) that can be made.  As inmates fight and stab one another, a platoon of guards stand around, not engaging and not controlling the situation.  At one point there are literally thirty officers in the unit, held at bay by a single inmate.  It is hard to imagine what would have happened had the situation continued.  I recommend that you watch the video.

Check it out here.

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Washington Department of Corrections to pay families of murder victims $3M

From the article: “The state has agreed to pay a $3 million settlement to the families of the victims in the 2010 Lewis County triple-homicide committed by an ex-convict who was supposed to be under strict supervision by the Department of Corrections.”

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