Washington Department of Corrections http://kuow.org en Washington Department Of Corrections Fined For Unsafe Asbestos Removal Program http://kuow.org/post/washington-department-corrections-fined-unsafe-asbestos-removal-program <p></p><p>The State Department of Corrections has shut down a decades-old program staffed by inmates to remove asbestos from prison facilities.</p><p>The Department of Labor and Industries originally fined the DOC $141,000 after determining that inmate workers were exposed to asbestos dust, but the penalty was reduced to $70,500 in a settlement. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:32:25 +0000 Patricia Murphy 33110 at http://kuow.org Washington Department Of Corrections Fined For Unsafe Asbestos Removal Program New Approach For Washington's Female Prisoners http://kuow.org/post/new-approach-washingtons-female-prisoners <p>Ross Reynolds speaks with Jane Parnell, superintendent of the <a href="http://www.doc.wa.gov/facilities/prison/wccw/">Washington Corrections Center for Women</a> in Gig Harbor, about the DOC's new approach for female prisoners. Fri, 15 Nov 2013 23:46:21 +0000 Ross Reynolds & Andy Hurst 23917 at http://kuow.org New Approach For Washington's Female Prisoners Respite From Solitary: Troubled Inmates Come Together For Yoga, Conversation http://kuow.org/post/respite-solitary-troubled-inmates-come-together-yoga-conversation <p>For prison’s toughest inmates, the hardest yoga position is simply closing their eyes.</p><p>That’s because these men, housed at Monroe Correctional Complex north of Seattle, have been in solitary confinement, unable to communicate with each other. Until recently, they spent 23 hours a day alone in a cell, without books, without TV, without anyone to talk to.&nbsp; Mon, 21 Oct 2013 23:05:50 +0000 Patricia Murphy 22427 at http://kuow.org Respite From Solitary: Troubled Inmates Come Together For Yoga, Conversation Interstate Inmate Phone Call Rates Lowered by FCC http://kuow.org/post/interstate-inmate-phone-call-rates-lowered-fcc <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Phone calls made by inmates at Washington correctional institutions are expensive.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That cost goes up if they’re calling out of state.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new ruling today &nbsp;by the Federal Communications Commission will limit just how much an inmate will have to pay to connect with people on the outside.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The fight to lower inmate calling costs has gone on for more than a decade.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 23:05:06 +0000 Patricia Murphy 18339 at http://kuow.org Wash. Department Of Corrections Ordered To Reverse Firings After Officer's Death http://kuow.org/post/wash-department-corrections-ordered-reverse-firings-after-officers-death <p></p><p>An arbitrator has ordered the state Department of Corrections to reinstate three staff members who were fired after Officer Jayme Biendl was murdered at Monroe Correctional Complex two years ago.</p><p>Biendl was strangled inside the prison's chapel by inmate Byron Sherf, who was serving time for rape.</p><p>After the investigation, three corrections officers were fired. One was demoted. The DOC accused them of misconduct, dereliction of duty and intentionally misleading investigators.</p><p>The union filed a grievance on their behalf.</p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 23:12:28 +0000 Patricia Murphy 16370 at http://kuow.org Wash. Department Of Corrections Ordered To Reverse Firings After Officer's Death Former DOC Communications Director Fined For Ethics Violations http://kuow.org/post/former-doc-communications-director-fined-ethics-violations <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A state ethics board has fined the former state Department of Corrections communications director for violations.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The board determined that Belinda Stewart used state time and resources to run corrections oriented nonprofits.</span> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 17:28:11 +0000 Patricia Murphy 8951 at http://kuow.org Corrections Officers Say Prisons Still Unsafe Two Years After Biendl Death http://kuow.org/post/corrections-officers-say-prisons-still-unsafe-two-years-after-biendl-death <p></p><p></p><p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 22px;">Runners in a 5K race will wind through the grounds of the Monroe Correctional Complex on Sunday to remember Corrections Officer Jayme Biendl. Tuesday will mark the two years since Biendl was found strangled in the chapel at the prison. Fri, 25 Jan 2013 19:46:11 +0000 Patricia Murphy 7163 at http://kuow.org Corrections Officers Say Prisons Still Unsafe Two Years After Biendl Death Washington Leads Nation As Net Importer Of Out-Of-State Parolees http://kuow.org/post/washington-leads-nation-net-importer-out-state-parolees <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2012/11/112812AJ_ImportedParolees_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend 2009. Maurice Clemmons, an Arkansas felon living in Washington, walks into a coffee shop and guns down four Lakewood police officers. Pierce County Sheriff's Department spokesman Ed Troyer described the scene as "more of an execution.”<p>The killings turned a spotlight on a little known agreement between all 50 states to keep tabs on each other’s parolees when they move across state lines. Thu, 29 Nov 2012 14:59:05 +0000 Austin Jenkins 4329 at http://kuow.org Washington Leads Nation As Net Importer Of Out-Of-State Parolees