Friday, March 2, 2012

Colton Harris-Moore Transferred to WA State Custody

With the federal judge having agreed to let Colt serve his time in the state prison system, Colton Harris-Moore has transferred out of Seatac FDC, and will now be held, for a time, at the Washington Corrections Center in Shelton, WA.

The WCC at Shelton serves as an intake prison where inmates are screened, tested and classified before being sent to the facility where they’ll serve out the balance of their sentence.

According to the WA State Dept of Corrections:

“The Initial Classification process takes four to six weeks. During this time, the offender must comply with having a physical and dental examination and psychological evaluation if needed.

During the physical examination, offenders are screened for HIV, TB, Hepatitis A, Tetanus, and any other contagious diseases.”

The psyche evaluation includes testing the inmate’s potential for “suicide, victimization, and violence,” and checks for any psychiatric diagnosis and substance abuse issues.

Once an inmate is sufficiently poked, prodded and analyzed, the DOC picks a suitable facility based on placing the offender “in the least restrictive custody level designation while providing for the safety of the public, staff, and offenders.”

Colt and his defense team are hoping for a medium-or-lower level security prison where Colt will have the greatest access to educational opportunities and least amount of contact with violent offenders.  


  1. Hey Bob,

    Since Colton has moved out of FDC Seatac, is it reasonable to assume that the federal restitution hearing has taken place and nothing much new came out of it?

    I'm also curious about what normally happens between defendants and their legal counsel once all the trials are over and the inmate settles in to do his time. I suppose one thing that normally occurs is that the lawyer starts sending regular bills...for a long time.

    But in Colt's case, where Mr. Browne's firm apparently worked pro bono, that may not happen. In a situation like this would the attorney continue a working relationship with the inmate/client until the client is released from prison and re-enters society? Or is this a point in Colt's life where some of the key players of the past couple years wish "Good Luck, Kid", and go their separate ways?


  2. There's still some minor wrangling going on re the restitution, so no, that's not totally settled yet, but there shouldn't be any major surprises.

    Colt's defense team, including John Henry Browne and his associates, along with attorney Lance Rosen, Dr. Richard Adler, and mitigation specialist Pam Rogers are all continuing to work with Colt, and, presumably, will do so throughout his sentence.

  3. So can we write letters to him there? Or do we have to wait until they move him somewhere permanant? Also i'd like to thank you for keeping this site so updated, its really great to be able to follow everything current.