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First death at Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla as COVID-19 cases surge

Illustration by Lily Buller.
November 25, 2020

COVID-19 cases have spiked at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla in the past two weeks. The penitentiary has 117 active cases among the incarcerated population as of Tuesday, Nov. 24, according...

Behind Bars, in Our Backyard

April 13, 2017

It’s easy to see prisons as an anomaly in our cute and charming Walla Walla. The state penitentiary can easily just be a set of bright lights you see while driving to the wheat fields, while the Two...

Debate Team Collaborates with Penitentiary for First Ever Debate

Debate Team Collaborates with Penitentiary for First Ever Debate
December 12, 2013

After removing all pieces of metal, storing keys, cell phones and wallets in lockers, Whitman College staff, faculty and students filed into the Washington State Penitentiary. At an automatic metal...

Blue Mountain Humane Society Gets Involved in Community

Blue Mountain Humane Society Gets Involved in Community
October 17, 2013

The Blue Mountain Humane Society in Walla Walla is about to celebrate its 46th anniversary. According to its website, its mission for almost 46 years has been to encourage kindness toward all animals...

Students to Teach Creative Writing at the Washington State Penitentiary

Illustration by Marlee Raible
April 11, 2013

How would your perspective on the inmates in the penitentiary change if you could read the creative writing and poetry that they produced? Undeniably, a passionate poem or creative story would give...

Prison Research Group Brings Awareness

November 29, 2012

Whitman's Prison Research Group, meeting once a month at lunch in Reid Campus Center, allows students to learn about issues with both Washington State Penitentiary and prison as an institution. This...

Radio waves carry signal of hope for incarcerated listeners

Radio waves carry signal of hope for incarcerated listeners
May 9, 2012

Ensconced behind the soundboard in the cozy KWCW studio, it's easy for a college DJ to imagine that nobody is actually listening. Few Whitties own radio sets, and while friends and family might be...

Give Prisoners the Gift of a Whitman Education

October 7, 2010

I recently heard about an incredible program at Bard College. It's called the Bard Prison Initiative (BPI), and since 2001, it has offered credit-bearing courses toward undergraduate degrees for inmates...

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