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By Jess Macinko
News Editor 

Top stories of 2017: The Sentinel's inside look at the county jail


January 3, 2018

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A PRO WITH CONS: Robert Bianchi now runs the Klickitat County Jail.

On Dec. 26, 2014, an inmate at the Klickitat county jail assaulted a corrections officer. Patrolman Robert Bianchi investigated the attack. Shortly thereafter, he was appointed chief civil/jail deputy. The incident made a lasting impression on him.

"The big enemies in law enforcement are complacency and distraction," he says, speaking of security precautions he's introduced. Now, every shift must have a minimum staff of three, with a designated officer in charge. There is also a security committee to keep an eye out for weak points.

The jail, a 49-bed facility, occupies the basement of the Klickitat County Courthouse. Bianchi took on the administrative role two years ago, under then-newly...

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