In the News: Better protections for our most vulnerable neighbors An investigative report by KING 5’s Susannah Frame exposed the extreme abuse and neglect suffered by Laura Gholston, a 47-year-old Tacoma woman with developmental disabilities. The story uncovered an infuriating apathy from the state worker charged with watching out for Laura, who had no way of speaking out for herself.... Read More...
UPDATE: Early Prisoner Release Scandal The Senate investigation into the Department of Corrections’ early release of prisoners scandal continues.  We held our third investigatory hearing in which every witness testified to inaccuracies, omissions, or contextual problems with the Governor’s report, including the outgoing head of the DOC, Secretary Dan Pacholke (who is not implicated in... Read More...
Pregnancy-related deaths could be prevented by medical review panel Washington will now have a review commission to identify reasons for and prevent future pregnancy-related deaths under legislation sponsored by Sen. Steve O’Ban, which today received final approval by the Washington State Legislature. Pregnancy-related deaths have been on the rise nationally during the past 30 years from a rate of... Read More...
Governor’s response to DOC fiasco superficial Sens. Steve O’Ban, R-Pierce County, and Mike Padden, R-Spokane Valley, released this statement following Gov. Jay Inslee’s announcement of demotions and reprimands for certain Department of Corrections employees involved in the early release of thousands of felons: “The fact that the governor has decided to punish a handful of mid-level... Read More...
Testimony reveals flaws in governor’s DOC report Today we distributed a summary of the biggest discrepancies we have discovered to this point between the governor’s investigatory report into the management problems at the Department of Corrections and the testimony the Senate has gathered in its own independent inquiry. By no means do we consider this a complete... Read More...
South Sound proclaimed “Great American Defense Community” The Association of Defense Communities named “South Puget Sound” to the inaugural class of honorees as a “Great American Defense Community.” The announcement comes as part of a program launched this year to acknowledge the contributions that cities, counties and regions that host military installations make on improving the lives... Read More...
Investigatory hearing delayed after eye-opening testimony in Corrections case The Senate Law and Justice Committee postponed its scheduled Tuesday investigatory hearing into the Department of Corrections’ early-release debacle following testimony Monday morning that demonstrated major inconsistencies with a report released last week by the governor’s office. Those inconsistencies include the omission of critical comments several witnesses said they made... Read More...
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