Proposal for new jail oversight agency headed to WA lawmakers

BY: - October 19, 2023

Washington should establish an independent agency to craft and enforce standards for the operation of local jails under a proposal a statewide task force is sending to lawmakers. This new entity would set minimum staffing levels and maximum capacity for each city, county and regional jail, and write guidelines for intake, visitation, discipline, and medical […]

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 […]