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Spokane Co. to lay off 57 jail employees

Spokane County will lay off 57 jail employees next month to offset a big drop in the number of inmates.

The employees were notified Tuesday evening, and formal layoff notices were to be distributed today.

Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said his jail budget would have been $8 million in the hole by the end of year if county commissioners hadn’t approved the cuts.

The layoffs will include 30 corrections deputies at the Geiger Corrections Center – more than 40 percent of the deputies at the center. At the main Spokane County Jail, 14 of 140 deputies will lose their jobs.

Read the rest of John Craig's story here.

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