An officer from the Washington State Department of Corrections waits in a tower at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla on Oct. 12, 1998. A bill in the 2019 state Legislature would allow inmates serving long prison sentences to petition for release after 15 years.
An officer from the Washington State Department of Corrections waits in a tower at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla on Oct. 12, 1998. A bill in the 2019 state Legislature would allow inmates serving long prison sentences to petition for release after 15 years. Jeff T. Green AP file photo
An officer from the Washington State Department of Corrections waits in a tower at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla on Oct. 12, 1998. A bill in the 2019 state Legislature would allow inmates serving long prison sentences to petition for release after 15 years. Jeff T. Green AP file photo

Matt Driscoll has been The News Tribune’s metro news columnist since 2015. A McClatchy President’s Award winner, Driscoll lives in Central Tacoma with his wife Jennifer and three children. He’s passionate about the City of Destiny, and strives to tell stories that might otherwise go untold.