Department of Corrections http://kplu.org en Washington Prisons Will No Longer Punish Inmates For ‘Self-Harm’ http://kplu.org/post/washington-prisons-will-no-longer-punish-inmates-self-harm <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/157207317&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Washington’s prison system has announced a major policy change when it comes to inmates who harm themselves. The Department of Corrections said Thursday that it will no longer sanction inmates for cutting or other acts of self-injury.</p><p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 23:45:35 +0000 Austin Jenkins 17579 at http://kplu.org Washington Prisons Will No Longer Punish Inmates For ‘Self-Harm’ State Prison Inmates Learning Aerospace Work http://kplu.org/post/state-prison-inmates-learning-aerospace-work <p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 16px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: 1.5em; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Forget license plates. Some inmates at the Airway Heights Corrections Center are training for jobs in the state's huge aerospace industry.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 16px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: 1.5em; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">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.</p><p> Sat, 21 Sep 2013 18:48:54 +0000 Nicholas K. Geranios 10092 at http://kplu.org Washington correctional officers to protest following assaults http://kplu.org/post/washington-correctional-officers-protest-following-assaults <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/01/010813AJ_Woodrow_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>OLYMPIA, Wash. – It’s been nearly two years since Washington corrections officer Jayme Biendl was murdered on the job. But the union that represents prison guards says safety is still a major concern. The Teamsters plan to rally Thursday at the Capitol to demand safer work conditions. Wed, 09 Jan 2013 12:48:36 +0000 Austin Jenkins 7524 at http://kplu.org Washington correctional officers to protest following assaults State investigates patient's escape from Western State Hospital http://kplu.org/post/state-investigates-patients-escape-western-state-hospital <p>The Washington Department of Social and Health Services is reviewing how a patient was able to escape from<br />Western State Hospital at Lakewood.</p><p>Jonathan D. Wilson remained in Pierce County Jail over the weekend, and Department of Corrections spokesman Chad Lewis says officials are deciding Monday where he should be transferred.&nbsp;</p><p>The News Tribune&#39;s Stacia Glenn reports <a href="http://www.thenewstribune.com/2011/03/07/1573431/pierce-county-shelton-site-an.html">Wilson may be headed to Mason County</a>.</p> Mon, 07 Mar 2011 22:41:26 +0000 The Associated Press & KPLU News Staff 942 at http://kplu.org Monday morning's headlines http://kplu.org/post/monday-mornings-headlines-10 <p>Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:</p><ul><li><b>Accused Monroe Killer Was Known Threat</b></li><li><b>Northwest Gas Prices Spike</b></li><li><strong>Union Claims Seattle School Board Knew About Troubles</strong></li><li><b>Pac 10 Tourney Pits UW vs. WSU</b><br />&nbsp;</li></ul><p><b>Scherf&nbsp;Was Long Considered Risk to Prison Staff</b></p><p>Byron Scherf, who confessed to murdering Monroe prison guard Jaime Biendl, <a href="http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20110306/NEWS01/703069897">was known to corrections officials</a> as a possible threat to staff for years, according to The Herald of Everett:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;Staff are concerned that his next victim could be a staff person,&quot; one corrections worker wrote June 1, 2001, in the running log state prison officials have kept on Scherf&#39;s behavior since the mid-1990s.&nbsp;</p></blockquote><p>Other observations made about the same time point out that&nbsp;Scherf:</p><p> Mon, 07 Mar 2011 16:15:24 +0000 KPLU News Staff 938 at http://kplu.org Monday morning's headlines Budget crisis means closure for McNeil Island prison http://kplu.org/post/budget-crisis-means-closure-mcneil-island-prison <p>Washington's oldest prison will close by April 1st, a casualty of the state's current budget crisis. McNeil Island Corrections Center's 500 inmates will be moved to other facilities. Some of the 245 employees will be reassigned, while others stand to lose their jobs.</p><p> Fri, 19 Nov 2010 23:55:24 +0000 Austin Jenkins & Gary Davis 182 at http://kplu.org Budget crisis means closure for McNeil Island prison