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  • Report: Justice reforms working

    Spokane County in the past five years has made progress in reforming its criminal justice system, but there is still a lot of work to do to reduce costs and …


  • Closing Geiger: Wise or worrisome?

    On its face, moving inmates from the Spokane County jail system to a jail in Kennewick solves big problems. In the short term, local governments would save hundreds of thousands …


  • Justice system changes brought results

    Today, Judge Maryann Moreno steps down from the role of presiding judge in Spokane County Superior Court after overseeing dramatic changes – and improved results – in how local officials …


  • Knezovich makes points in debate over new jail

    Call it the Dueling PowerPoints. Spokane’s downtown Rotary 21 club got the opening salvo April 29 when Robert Boruchowitz, a Seattle University law professor, made the case for diversion programs …


  • Consultant: File charges, then worry about follow-up

    A consultant says he found no “aha” solution to a budget-driven slowdown in the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office.


  • Lawyer to assess charging process

    A longtime Florida prosecutor will visit the Spokane County prosecutor’s office next month to look for ways to speed up charging decisions. Criminal justice consultant David Bennett said Wednesday that …


  • Tucker’s office to be reviewed

    Spokane County commissioners agreed Tuesday to pay for an outside review of the prosecutor’s office. Commissioners gave consultant David Bennett $5,000 to bring in a yet-to-be-identified Florida prosecutor to analyze …


  • Tucker tepid about office review

    Prosecutor Steve Tucker doesn’t know the guy’s name or where he’s from, but he’s hoping that the “professional prosecutor” found by a consultant can help Spokane County solve a worsening …


  • Deadlines bedevil Spokane County prosecutor’s office

    Efforts to reduce Spokane County’s jail needs through swift justice have hit a “significant roadblock” in the prosecutor’s office, commissioners were told Tuesday. Once again, jail consultant David Bennett told …

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