Criminal Justice

A federal judge in Seattle has made it clear to the state that mentally ill jail inmates need to be evaluated within seven days to see if they’re competent to stand trial.

The Washington state Department of Corrections recently signed a contract with the GEO Group to send up to 1000 inmates to Michigan.

Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

Starting in July, adults in Oregon can legally use recreational marijuana. But thousands of Oregonians will still have criminal records for marijuana offenses that would have been legal under the new law. Now, there are efforts in the Oregon legislature to let some people wipe the slate clean when it comes to pot convictions. Chris Lehman spoke to some who are involved.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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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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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