Cheryl Strange

Judge gives OK for state to move ahead with prison closure

BY: - October 9, 2023

Larch Corrections Center in southwest Washington will close Tuesday, despite a last ditch effort by the union representing correctional employees to keep the minimum security state prison open until a round of labor negotiations wraps up. Teamsters Local 117 sued the Department of Corrections last month over what they say were multiple violations of fair […]

Prison inquiry finds two men left in cells amid growing squalor

BY: - June 30, 2023

A “systemic breakdown of responsibility” allowed an individual incarcerated at Monroe Correctional Complex to stay in his cell for months amid growing piles of garbage and a stench from what appeared to be vomit smeared on cell walls, according to results of a special inquiry released Friday. He had not left his cell in five […]