After spending more than five years in Walla Walla's segregation unit as a result of his political work on the inside, Mark LaRue was subjected to an involuntary out-of-state transfer. He was then bounced from one jurisdiction to another for nearly ten more years. Finally, while housed in segregation unit at the Joliet prison in Illinois, Mark took several prison employees hostage in an effort to secure his return to Washington. The incident ended after Mark secured interviews with the news media, and after he was promised that he would be leaving Illinois as soon as his trial for hostage taking was over.
The legal proceedings are now completed, resulting in Mark receiving an additional 14 years, to be served after his Washington State time is done. Mark is now awaiting transfer to another jurisdiction, hopefully back to Washington.
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