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UPDATED: Wed., July 18, 2018, 12:13 a.m.

Spokane County Jail inmate found dead in cell

A Spokane County Jail inmate died Tuesday, the sixth inmate who has died at the jail in the past 13 months. The inmate was found dead in his cell at …


UPDATED: Mon., July 16, 2018, 1:01 p.m.

A year after new effort to decrease Spokane County jail population, more inmates were behind bars

Spokane County has hired a new criminal justice administrator to oversee reforms aimed at reducing the county’s jail population and racial disparities. Data from the reform effort so far makes …


UPDATED: Thu., June 28, 2018, 10:44 p.m.

Protesters question Basin City, Washington, ICE raid that lead to five immigration arrests

About 30 people gathered Thursday afternoon at the Spokane County Jail to protest a recent Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid at


UPDATED: Thu., June 14, 2018, 9:46 p.m.

Fifth Spokane County Jail inmate dies in 12 months

A Spokane County Jail inmate died in his cell Wednesday night, possibly as the result of an attack by his cellmate, authorities said.


UPDATED: Thu., June 7, 2018, 6:01 p.m.

Families reeling after three men hang themselves with bedsheets in Spokane County Jail during past year

In the past 12 months, three men have died after hanging themselves with bedsheets in the Spokane County Jail. Their families believe warning signs were missed or not taken seriously …


Finance manager at Spokane County Jail terminated following investigation

The finance manager at the Spokane County Jail was let go from his job last month following an internal investigation.


UPDATED: Wed., March 21, 2018, 9:41 a.m.

Finance manager under investigation, on paid leave from Spokane County Detention Services

The finance manager at the Spokane County Jail, Arlington Richards, was placed on paid administrative leave Monday pending the outcome of an internal investigation.


UPDATED: Thu., March 1, 2018, 10:55 a.m.

Detectives investigating death of Spokane County Jail inmate

Spokane County sheriff’s detectives have begun investigating the death of an inmate who was discovered early Thursday morning alone in a Spokane County Jail cell.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 3, 2018, 9:58 p.m.

Spokane County Jail inmate in critical condition after suicide attempt

A Spokane County Jail inmate is in critical condition after attempting suicide in his cell, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 24, 2017, 10:01 p.m.

Convicted Spokane felon faces federal charge of sex trafficking

A convicted felon from Spokane faces a federal charge of sex trafficking after federal agents interviewed two women who claim that the suspect forced them to perform sex acts for …


Spokane man accused of murdering father, leaving body in bathtub

A 35-year-old man is accused of murdering his father and leaving the corpse in a bathtub in the family’s home north of Spokane.


Spokane County to hire three new corrections officers, house more federal prisoners

Spokane County plans to hire three new corrections officers and jail more federal prisoners to help fix a $10 million budget shortfall.


UPDATED: Tue., July 18, 2017, 10:47 p.m.

Man attacked in Spokane County Jail settles negligence case for $75,000, is back in jail

The Spokane County commissioners on Tuesday approved a $75,000 settlement with a man who suffered a skull fracture after he was assaulted by another inmate in the county jail in …


Spokane County Jail inmate attempts suicide

A Spokane County Jail inmate attempted to hang himself Thursday morning but was rushed to the hospital, where he was in critical condition Thursday evening


UPDATED: Fri., June 2, 2017, 6:16 p.m.

Spokane Sheriff’s Office seeks suspect in armed robbery

Richard A. Rod, 32, is suspected of involement in a robbery Tuesday morning that left a victim with stab wounds. Another suspect, Blain M. Peterson, was apprehended early Friday.


100 years ago in Spokane: Sheriff proposes work farm for inmates

The sheriff wanted leaders to create a farm for inmates.


Man in court to be sentenced for a stabbing threatens victim in front of judge, corrections officers

A man is facing a new charge of witness intimidation after he started screaming in court at the victim he’d been found guilty of stabbing.


UPDATED: Sat., April 22, 2017, 3:19 p.m.

Spokane County Jail inmate in critical condition after suspected suicide attempt

A Spokane County Jail inmate is in critical condition at a local hospital after an apparent suicide attempt in his cell Friday, said the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.


UPDATED: Sun., April 2, 2017, 4:55 p.m.

Spokane police seize another gun, more drugs and a wooden baton

Spokane police officers chased and arrested a 22-year-old man on Sunday, seizing a handgun, brass knuckles and a wooden baton in the process, the department said.


UPDATED: Sun., April 2, 2017, 3:50 p.m.

Spokane County Jail crowding creates dangerous conditions

Recent overcrowding at the Spokane County Jail and Geiger Corrections Center has forced guards to keep inmates locked in their cells for longer periods of time – a practice that …


UPDATED: Tue., March 21, 2017, 11:11 p.m.

Spokane County aims for accountability in negotiations with jail medical care contractor

Spokane County plans to add measureable performance standards to its contract with NaphCare Inc., the Alabama company that provides medical care to county jail inmates.


UPDATED: Mon., March 20, 2017, 10:34 p.m.

Spokane County commissioners to vote extending jail medical care contract to NaphCare

Spokane County commissioners will decide Tuesday whether to negotiate a new contract with NaphCare Inc., the Alabama company that provides medical care for county jail inmates.


With opioid deaths on the rise, Spokane County expands methadone treatment program

Spokane County has eliminated two of the biggest barriers for people seeking treatment for heroin and opiate addiction.


NaphCare and Spokane County Jail both have had issues with medical care for inmates

There were problems with Spokane County Jail’s health care long before a private contractor, NaphCare Inc., took over. Yet NaphCare’s history in facilities the company contracts with around the country …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 13, 2017, 7:12 p.m.

Former staff and inmates raise concern about medical care provided by private contractor at Spokane County Jail

Late last year, Bryan Monnin spent 40 days in the Spokane County Jail begging nurses to do something about his broken elbow. His case highlights concerns about treatment delays at …


100 years ago in the Spokane County Jail: Doctor orders “mashed potatoes and dough” diet to inmate to prevent suicide

From our archives, 100 years ago Charles Cooper, a prisoner in the county jail, broke a safety razor into pieces – and then swallowed it.


Man accused of killing father in Spokane Valley is mentally ill, mother says

The man accused of killing his father last month in Spokane Valley is mentally ill and had been seeing counselors before the killing, his mother said Thursday.


Spokane County Jail officer found pot under an inmate’s mattress, records say

Spokane County Jail authorities say they found six marijuana joints in a plastic bag under an inmate’s mattress Tuesday.


Suspect in toddler’s death extradited from Idaho, held for $1.25 million in Spokane

A man accused of killing a toddler made his first appearance in Spokane County Superior Court on Monday, more than a month after he was arrested in a cabin on …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 21, 2016, 4:37 p.m.

Fire crews investigating powdery substance at Spokane jail mail facility

Spokane Fire crews are investigating a white powdery substance that was discovered when an employee opened a letter at the City of Spokane property facility Wednesday afternoon.