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‘Build it and they will come’: A history of the Spokane County Jail

Local leaders have set out again to determine whether Spokane County needs a new jail. This time, vocal community members and reform-minded criminal justice experts are pushing back against the …


UPDATED: Mon., March 25, 2019, 7:11 p.m.

Seven months after Spokane County Jail death, manslaughter case ends in plea deal

Christopher N. Luman, 56, lost consciousness and died shortly after a fistfight with one of his cellmates, Anthony J. Weber, in the early hours of Aug. 9.


Community meeting Monday to oppose new Spokane County jail

The meeting, organized by the Spokane Community Against Racism, will take place Monday evening at Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church.


UPDATED: Tue., March 19, 2019, 10:48 p.m.

Man charged with stabbing girlfriend near Colbert

A 40-year-old man was arrested Monday night after allegedly admitting to detectives he had stabbed his girlfriend in the leg during an argument at a home near Colbert. Aaron J. …


UPDATED: Mon., March 18, 2019, 9:56 p.m.

Spokane man charged with abusing infant, causing potentially life-threatening injuries

A 24-year-old man was jailed early Monday on suspicion of abusing his 2-month-old baby and causing potentially life-threatening injuries, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.


UPDATED: Tue., March 12, 2019, 10:30 p.m.

Police suspect man awaiting trial on child rape charges has impregnated another girl

A 45-year-old man is under investigation for raping and impregnating his girlfriend’s 13-year-old daughter while he was out of jail on a charge of raping a 7-year-old.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 22, 2019, 8:34 p.m.

Man with flare gun caught by helicopter after allegedly trying to steal from Walmart

A man who allegedly tried to steal items from a Walmart in Spokane Valley was caught with help from a helicopter after he fled the store.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 1, 2019, 9:39 p.m.

Spokane County Jail staff locate drugs, cellphone in cell of inmates with extensive criminal record

Drugs and a cellphone were found Thursday in the jail cell of two inmates with extensive criminal history – one an admitted gang member with a recent conviction of attempted …


MacArthur Foundation grants another $1.9 million for criminal justice reform in Spokane County

The funding comes in addition to another $1.9 million that the foundation awarded to the county in 2015 and 2016 as part of its Safety and Justice Challenge.


Annemarie Frohnoefer: New jail won’t solve societal problems

County Commissioner Al French has proposed building a new jail, saying, “this can has been kicked down the road for too many years,” before adding that he needs to know …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 9, 2019, 8:24 p.m.

Spokane County Jail director John McGrath will step down; officials may launch nationwide search for replacement

McGrath wrote that he informed the county commissioners of his decision last week, and his last day on the job will be Feb. 18. The commissioners will be tasked with …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 9:12 a.m.

After setbacks, Spokane County abandons custom criminal justice algorithm in favor of simpler tool

The Spokane Assessment for Evaluation of Risk, known as the SAFER tool, was touted as a cornerstone of local efforts to reduce jail overcrowding and eliminate racial disparities in the …


Spokane County Commissioner Al French seeks consensus on new jail

“The goal is to have something concrete, defined, this year,” said French, who also chairs the Spokane Regional Law and Justice Council and its facilities committee. “This can has been …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 11, 2018, 10:24 p.m.

Rally draws activists, relatives of inmates who died in Spokane County Jail

“My cousin died three years ago in Spokane County Jail, and I wish that it had stopped with him,” said Monica Moore, whose cousin, Lorenzo Hayes, died in the jail …


Spokane County Jail deaths heighten staffing concerns; march planned to highlight problem

Community members are planning to march this evening from Salem Lutheran Church to the Spokane County Courthouse to draw attention to the deaths of inmates at the county jail.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 6, 2018, 10:53 p.m.

New program to treat opioid withdrawal could prevent deaths at Spokane County Jail, officials say

A program launching Monday at the Spokane County Jail aims to prevent inmates from dying of opioid withdrawal.


Man died by choking on vomit in Spokane County Jail

The official, clinical-sounding cause of death – “pulmonary aspiration of gastric contents due to combined opiate and methamphetamine intoxication” – completes an agonizing image of what happened to David Good …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 28, 2018, 10:43 a.m.

Sister identifies eighth inmate to die in Spokane County custody

The Spokane County Jail inmate who died Saturday evening was Cindy Lou Hill, a 55-year-old mother of two, her older sister said Monday.


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 26, 2018, 10:10 p.m.

Spokane County Jail records eighth inmate death in 14 months

A woman inmate at the Spokane County Jail was pronounced dead at a local hospital Saturday evening after being found unresponsive in her cell.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 20, 2018, 7:45 p.m.

Man strikes two deputies’ cars during chase in Spokane Valley, sheriff’s office says

A 26-year-old man led deputies on a car chase, going the wrong direction on Interstate 90 and crashing into two patrol cars, before fighting with the deputies on a steep …


Man charged with manslaughter after cellmate dies in Spokane County Jail

A man being held in the Spokane County Jail for failing to register as a sex offender now faces a second-degree manslaughter charge in connection with the death of his …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 13, 2018, 7:44 p.m.

Soap Lake man dies in Grant County Jail

A 34-year-old man was found dead in his cell in the Grant County Jail on Sunday morning.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 14, 2018, 7:48 a.m.

Seventh Spokane County Jail inmate dies in 14 months

A Spokane County Jail inmate died in his cell early Wednesday morning following a fight with another cellmate.


UPDATED: Wed., July 25, 2018, 9:19 p.m.

Jail inmate found dead in cell was 26-year-old Spokane woman

The medical examiner’s office on Wednesday identified a woman who died in the Spokane County Jail this month as Cambrea M. Bishop, 26, of Spokane.


UPDATED: Thu., July 19, 2018, 9:55 a.m.

After six deaths in 13 months at the Spokane County Jail, families await investigation results

David Good, a transient 52-year-old with a destructive alcohol addiction, died in the jail’s booking area in the early hours of March 1. He was one of six inmates who …


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 …