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Interview: Washington State Patrol changes the way it does psych evaluations

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In September, reporting by the Seattle Times and our public radio partners at Northwest News Network put a spotlight on psychological evaluations conducted at the Washington State Patrol. The investigation found those evaluations tended to disproportionately reject candidates of color.

Now, the state patrol says it’s moved the evaluator, Daniel Clark, to other duties, and will outsource its psychological screenings to a company that specializes in public safety jobs.

Here to talk about these changes and their context is Austin Jenkins. He is Northwest News Network's Olympia correspondent and one of the reporters who broke this story. He spoke with Spokane Public Radio's Brandon Hollingsworth.

Brandon Hollingsworth is your All Things Considered host. He has served public radio audiences for fifteen years, primarily in reporting, hosting and interviewing. His previous ports-of-call were WUOT-FM in Knoxville, Tennessee, and Alabama Public Radio. His work has been heard nationally on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Here and Now and NPR’s top-of-the-hour newscasts.
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