Gov. Chris Gregoire today directed state Corrections Chief Eldon Vail not to accept any new parolees from Arkansas until matters arising from the Maurice Clemmons case have been addressed and resolved.

Gov. Chris Gregoire today directed state Corrections Chief Eldon Vail not to accept any new parolees from Arkansas until matters arising from the Maurice Clemmons case have been addressed and resolved.

Glenn Kuper, a spokesman for the governor, said Gregoire was taking the unusual step because she wants “to make sure that the system is appropriate to protect Washington residents.”