Criminal Justice

Mentally Ill Inmates
7:44 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Mentally Ill Languish In Washington Jails; Federal Trial Set To Begin

Thomas Hawk Flickr

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 4:45 pm

Mentally ill inmates in Washington state often must wait weeks, or even months in jail for evaluations to see if they’re competent to stand trial.

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Interstate Rendition
1:01 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Why Moscow Police Can't Question A Prisoner 25 Miles Away

Suspected shooter John Lee, 29.
Credit Whitman County Sheriff's Office

Police still have not determined a motive for the shootings in Moscow Saturday that left three dead and one injured. One reason motives remain unclear is that Moscow police have not been able to question suspected shooter John Lee. Why? Lee is in custody… just not in Moscow.

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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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