Criminal Justice

Prison Rehabilitation
6:50 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Prison Inmates Enlisted To Rear Threatened Plants And Animals

Inmate Joseph Njonge at work in the Stafford Creek Corrections Center conservation nursery.
Credit Tom Banse / Northwest News Network

The work of rearing threatened plants and animals for restoration to the wild takes time and patience and it is labor intensive. In Oregon and Washington, a growing population doing that work is inmates.

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Prison Rehab
6:36 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Prison Inmates Enlisted To Restore Threatened Species

Oregon State Correctional Institution in Salem is growing Kincaid’s Lupine and Golden Paintbrush, flowers relied upon by the rare Fender’s Blue and Taylor’s Checkerspot butterflies.
Credit Captain Chad Naugle / ODOC

In a growing number of Northwest prisons, inmates are rearing endangered plants, butterflies, turtles and frogs for release in the wild.

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Prison DNA Testing
6:01 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Wash. Supreme Court Sets Standard For Post-Conviction DNA Testing

Washington’s Supreme Court may have just made it easier for prison inmates to try to get their convictions overturned through DNA testing.
Credit thierry ehrmann / Flickr

Washington’s Supreme Court may have just made it easier for prison inmates to try to get their convictions overturned through DNA testing. In a 6-to-3 ruling Thursday, the high court said inmates don’t have to show they’re likely innocent in order to win a post-conviction DNA test.

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Juvenile Detention
5:41 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Accused Idaho Teen Killer Moves Back To Juvenile Detention

A north Idaho teenager accused of killing his father and brother is no longer being held in solitary confinement at an adult county jail.
Credit Kootenai County Sheriff's Office

A north Idaho teenager accused of killing his father and brother is no longer being held in solitary confinement at an adult county jail.

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Bail Bondsman
5:55 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Jailed In Washington? You Have A Right To A Bail Bondsman

The right to a bail bondsman is now upheld by the Washington Supreme Court.
Credit Cacophony / Wikimedia

If you happen to get arrested over the weekend in Washington, your right to a bail bondsman has just been upheld by the state Supreme Court.

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Tax Fraud Case
5:51 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Tax Fraud Plea Agreement Closes Case Involving Islamic Charity

Pete Seda, (center) and his attorney Steven Wax (left) leave the Federal Courthouse in Eugene following his sentencing hearing. This is a file photo from 2010.
Credit Rachael McDonald / KLCC

The saga involving an Ashland-based Islamic Charity and its former head has finally come to a close. The U.S. Attorney for Oregon has dismissed criminal charges against Pete Seda in return for a guilty plea to tax fraud.

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Juvenile Crime
6:03 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

ACLU Takes On Case Of Idaho Teen In Solitary Confinement

Eldon Samuel III has spent nearly three months locked in a medical holding cell in an adult county jail.
Credit Chris Miller / Flickr

The ACLU of Idaho has joined the fight to move an accused teenage killer out of solitary confinement and back into juvenile detention. Eldon Samuel III has spent nearly three months locked in a medical holding cell in an adult county jail.

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Criminal Justice
6:00 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Inslee Launches Review Of Prison Population Growth

Governor Jay Inslee meets with his newly appointed Justice Reinvestment taskforce. It will look at evidence-based ways to reduce the growing need for prison beds
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

Washington’s prison system is projected to need 1,000 new beds by 2018. That growth has Governor Jay Inslee concerned. The Democrat Tuesday announced a Department of Justice-backed review of the state’s criminal justice system. The goal is to look for ways to save money without jeopardizing public safety.

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Oregon Bomb Plot
5:58 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Court Documents: Student Planned "Mass Murder" At High School

West Albany High School students are praising one of their classmates as a hero. Truman Templeton sounded the alarm that a fellow student was plotting what officials call "mass murder" at his high school. Seventeen-year-old Grant Acord is being held on $2 million bail after his initial court appearance Tuesday. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

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Drunk Driving
4:10 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Inslee Calls For 'Aggressive' Approach To Drunk Drivers

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Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 3:57 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington Governor Jay Inslee is demanding a renewed crackdown on drunk drivers. This after recent tragedies in the Seattle area.

The Democrat Tuesday called for more DUI patrols, more resources for prosecutors and stricter rules for ignition interlock devices.

“We've got to understand a drinking driver is just as dangerous as someone out there with a bomb in their car because that’s what they are," the governor said. "They’re rolling time bombs and that’s why I believe we need to be much more aggressive.”

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