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Classes behind bars

Top law enforcement officials in the region think incarceration is one of the best opportunities the justice system has to help abusive parents.

The Spokane County Jail is developing parenting classes, said Lt. Edie Hunt; officials haven’t set a start date. The jail currently offers anger management classes and the opportunity for inmates to earn their general equivalency diploma through classes facilitated by Spokane Community Colleges. All programs are voluntary, jail officials said.

Kootenai County Jail has domestic violence and anger management programs, as well as drug and alcohol treatment programs, said Sheriff’s Office Capt. Travis Chaney. The programs are voluntary unless there is some type of court order.


 

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