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Neighbors who live near the condemned property say they are not happy about the condition of the property Jordin owns, nor the way it is run. Neighbors who live near the condemned property say they are not happy about the condition of the property Jordin owns, nor the way it is run.
Arlin Jordin file photo Arlin Jordin file photo
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On Tuesday we reported on a property on W. 9th Ave. in the lower South Hill that had been condemned by the fire marshal and the tenants were vacated. The property owner is Arlin Jordin who is currently serving a rape sentence in the Washington State Penitentiary.

We began to investigate whether an offender is able to run a business from prison.

According to the State Attorney General's Office the state generally does not prohibit inmates from owning property or having business interests outside of prison, provided those activities do not violate their judgment and sentence or Department of Corrections Policy.

The DOC policy states that inmates are prohibited from entering into any contract while in confinement. In the case of Arlin Jordin, he entered prison in his previously established role as a landlord. The DOC responded to his case saying that "because of the way he has done business, he does not appear to have violated any policies. However prison personnel is aware of the concern and he is being closely monitored."

Neighbors who live near the condemned property say they are not happy about the condition of the property Jordin owns, nor the way it is run.

Amanda Hargreaves has lived across the street for nearly nine years and she says 1311 W. 9th has always been a problem. "Screaming, shouting at night, fighting. I've had threats. There's broken out windows and tons of garbage," she said.

"It's not good for our property value," says Hargreaves.

Hargreaves is one of eight neighbors who came together to file a neighborhood lawsuit against Jordin. That lawsuit was settled out of court in late October.

"He agreed to sell the property and have it on the market within thirty days," says Hargreaves. "He agreed to list it at fair market value and to have a professional property manager in there so that we could get ahold of them when we needed to."

Now, only a few days before the date the property must be listed, there is still no sign that it is for sale. Neighbors remaining hopeful that Jordin will follow through with the agreement.

"It just doesn't feel safe with that house being a kind of flop house," says Hargreaves.

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