Stories tagged: Center for Justice
Fri., April 28, 2017, 6:26 p.m.
Anti-Semitic graffiti scrawled on the Community Building in downtown Spokane
Anti-Semitic graffiti praising Adolf Hitler was found written on the back door of the Community Building in downtown Spokane early Friday morning.
Tue., Jan. 24, 2017, 5:46 p.m.
Spokane County settles public records lawsuit for $100,000
Spokane County has settled a second lawsuit after failing to provide public records related to the psychiatric treatment of county jail inmates. This time, taxpayers are on the hook for …
Thu., Dec. 15, 2016, 3:45 p.m.
Center for Justice holds clinic to help people remove criminal convictions
Justin Petrilli signed a guilty plea for a misdemeanor assault in 2015 because he didn’t want to leave his disabled wife alone at home while he spent time in jail. …
Thu., Dec. 1, 2016, 3:17 p.m.
Legal clinic will help people clear convictions off their records
People who can’t afford to have criminal convictions taken off their record can get free legal help at a new clinic in December.
Tue., Feb. 23, 2016, 2:51 p.m.
Controversial immigration initiative could be headed to the ballot in Spokane
Spokane voters may see a controversial immigration initiative on ballots in November 2017, but not before a promised challenge in the courts. On Monday, the Spokane City Council reversed course …
Tue., Feb. 16, 2016, 5:35 p.m.
Shogan withdraws ethics complaint against mayor, citing ‘cone of silence’
Former Spokane City Council President Joe Shogan has withdrawn his ethics complaint against Mayor David Condon, saying a “cone of silence is settling over the city and the City Council.”
Wed., Jan. 27, 2016, 9:11 p.m.
One of three ethics complaints against Mayor Condon moves forward
The city’s Ethics Commission allowed one complaint against Spokane Mayor David Condon forward Wednesday, and dismissed others.
Tue., Dec. 22, 2015, 2:55 p.m.
Fourth ethics complaint filed in Spokane sexual harassment controversy
A fourth ethics complaint has been lodged against Spokane Mayor David Condon for how he handled allegations of sexual harassment by former police Chief Frank Straub.
Thu., Sept. 24, 2015
No police chief search in works; Dobrow named as interim
City leaders have no plans to begin a search for a permanent police chief after the Tuesday ouster of Frank Straub, a move police reform advocates say is a mistake. …
Wed., Sept. 2, 2015
Petition for sheriff’s office independent review is a political move, Knezovich says
Calling the process of selecting an ombudsman for the Spokane Police Department “a political nightmare,” Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich on Tuesday dismissed a petition requesting independent civilian oversight for his department …
Wed., July 15, 2015
Spokane City Council sends immigration initiative to county for verification
Upward of 200 people converged on Spokane City Hall Monday night to voice both support and concern with a police department policy that says the immigration status of an individual …
Wed., May 27, 2015
MacArthur Foundation grant will reduce jail crowding
Spokane County has been rewarded for its efforts at criminal justice reform, with the deep-pocketed MacArthur Foundation selecting the area for a competitive grant to reduce overcrowding at the aging …
Tue., April 7, 2015
County’s hiring of land-use attorney concerns urban growth expansion opponents
Opponents of Spokane County’s plans to expand areas where urban growth can occur say they’re concerned about the hiring of an attorney with strong ties to developers. In January, county …
UPDATED: Thu., March 19, 2015, 2:31 p.m.
Racial minorities more likely to be stopped by Spokane police
Spokane police disproportionately stop black, Native American and Hispanic residents, but don’t display a pattern of racial bias when deciding who to search and arrest.
Tue., Feb. 3, 2015
Lawsuit against city alleges police K-9 bite
A woman claims a police dog owned by the Spokane Police Department bit her without provocation and wouldn’t release despite being ordered to do so by Officer Dan Lesser, according …
Mon., Jan. 5, 2015
Outgoing police ombudsman Tim Burns wants Spokane to focus on the progress
In his last days in office, outgoing police ombudsman Tim Burns said ongoing mistrust of Spokane police is rooted in past events, and that it’s time for the community to …
Sun., Nov. 30, 2014
Imprisoned rapist a ‘slumlord,’ but tenants have few options
The stove in their apartment hasn’t worked since they moved in a couple of months ago, so Dusty Kayser and Scott Simpson eat their meals from a can. They don’t …
Fri., Nov. 28, 2014
Shawn Vestal: Body camera policy evolving in positive directions
Seventeen Spokane police officers put on body cameras 13 weeks ago. In the time since, at least two important things have happened: Chief Frank Straub said the department was tightening …
Fri., Jan. 17, 2014
Spokane Police Guild contract proposal being modified
Spokane Mayor David Condon is heeding the advice of Spokane City Council members who have pushed him to reopen contract negotiations with the Spokane Police Guild. The mayor and guild …
Thu., Oct. 31, 2013
Idaho reoffender rate high, study shows
BOISE – After seven months of intensive study of Idaho’s criminal justice system, researchers have found some surprising trends underlying Idaho’s high incarceration rate despite its low crime rate: More …
Sat., Oct. 19, 2013
Spokane County commissioners’ urban growth session broke law, lawsuit says
Spokane County commissioners violated the state’s open public meetings law by holding a closed-door session with a state official last spring to consider expansion of the county’s urban growth area, …
Fri., Oct. 18, 2013
Center for Justice calls oversight in proposed city, police union contract ‘a travesty’
Public-interest law firm the Center for Justice has seen a copy of the tentative labor contract between Spokane and its police union and called the provisions for oversight of the …
Fri., Sept. 20, 2013
Gov. Jay Inslee will appeal Spokane County growth boundary plan
Gov. Jay Inslee has stepped into the fight over a July expansion of Spokane County’s urban growth area, including newly designated industrial land near Fairchild Air Force Base. Inslee said …
Wed., Sept. 11, 2013
Judge denies stay on urban growth
A group of progressive organizations is trying to block urban sprawl by appealing changes to Spokane County’s urban growth area. Spokane County commissioners in July voted to add nearly 4,000 …
Thu., Aug. 22, 2013
Police chief touts progress on Use of Force recommendations
Spokane police Chief Frank Straub said Wednesday that his department has made significant progress on every one of the 26 recommendations issued by the city’s Use of Force Commission in …
Fri., July 26, 2013
ACLU urges tougher law on surveillance equipment
The state’s top civil liberties watchdog group is arguing that a proposed Spokane law doesn’t go far enough in requiring City Council approval before the city purchases surveillance equipment such …
Fri., Jan. 25, 2013
Ombudsman power in the mail for vote
The Spokane City Council has tried several times over the past two decades to craft a police oversight system with teeth. Now it’s the citizens’ turn.
Thu., Jan. 24, 2013
Court OKs expansion of St. Mark’s parking lot
Come spring, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church may be able to finalize its parking lot expansion. The project has been held up in court since 2010, when the church tore down …
Sat., Nov. 10, 2012
Bland recipe for oversight of police may be all we get
Here’s where we stand, in terms of policing the police: One of the most hopeful signs about the latest proposal for true independent oversight is that it’s all bark and …
Sun., Nov. 4, 2012
Symposium will discuss future of criminal justice system
Faced with the prospect next year of going to voters to fund a new $200 million jail, Spokane County leaders are teaming up with community activists for a discussion about …