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WSU Spokane professor picked to provide new criminal risk assessment tool

Zach Hamilton, a professor at WSU Spokane in criminology, will help develop a customized tool for the region to determine who should be in the overcrowded Spokane County Jail and …


Police, Spokane County Jail staff won’t be charged in May death

The Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office will not file criminal charges against the police and jail staff who handled Lorenzo Hayes, 37, on the day he died in May.


Spokane County’s $8 million ‘mistake’ in jail death given reprieve by judge

Judge Annette Plese granted a repreive to Spokane County staff who failed to respond to an $8 million lawsuit stemming from an August 2012 death in the Spokane County Jail.


Spokane County Jail placed on lockdown after weapon found in bathroom

Spokane police officers are responding to an unspecified emergency at the Spokane County Jail.


‘Clerical error’ leads to $8 million judgment against Spokane County in jail death

The family of a 29-year-old woman who died in custody of the Spokane County Jail in August 2012 was awarded $8 million by a judge after the county failed to …


Editorial: Lawsuit should improve jail’s medication practices

Management of inmate medication gets needed revisions.


100 years ago in Spokane: Sheriff vows to fix inmate escape problem

From our archives, 100 years ago Spokane County jailers were accused of letting as many as 30 prisoners out of jail before their terms were up.


Spokane County settles jail medication lawsuit for $50,000

A Spokane family has won a $50,000 settlement from the county after mental health medications were withheld from their son for more than a week in May 2013.


Henrikson cellmate takes full blame for August ‘escape attempt’

The cellmate of James Henrikson says an ill-fated escape attempt using a rope made of bedsheets was his idea.


City approves $250,000 contract to defend itself in jail death case

The city of Spokane has set aside $250,000 to defend itself against a $6.5 million claim by the family of a man who choked to death on his on vomit …


100 years ago in Spokane: Jail inmate escape plans foiled – again

From our archives, 100 years ago One thing about “champion bad man Fred Johnson” – he didn’t give up easily.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 17, 2015, 10:17 p.m.

Officials say adding courtroom to jail would ease overcrowding

A regional criminal justice council is considering a proposal to build a courtroom in the Spokane County Jail, a plan jail staff say is a first step towards more systematic …


100 years ago in Spokane: An inmate shot by police in recent escape found to be digging way out of jail

From our archives, 100 years ago jbFred Johnson, the convict the newspapers nicknamed Spokane’s “tiger man,” for his desperate and bloody exploits, was back in the news.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 17, 2015, 3:22 p.m.

Judge orders Henrikson trial moved to Tri-Cities

U.S. District Court Judge Salvador Mendoza ruled the trial of James Henrikson, alleged mastermind in murder-for-hire plot that targeted Doug Carlile, be moved to Richland.


Bedsheet rope originated in Henrikson’s cell, prosecutors say

Federal prosecutors released an in-cell photo of the rope allegedly lowered from the cell of James Henrikson last month, in response to defense attorneys’ request that he be moved back …


Murder-for-hire suspect James Henrikson moved to Yakima jail

Accused murder-for-hire mastermind James Henrikson has been moved to the Yakima County Jail following a suspected escape attempt in Spokane last month. Officials from the Spokane County Jail, the FBI …


Henrikson moved to Yakima following August jailbreak attempt

Though officials would not confirm accused murder-for-hire mastermind James Henrikson attempted to escape the Spokane County Jail last month, he has been moved to Yakima and faced restrictions on attorney …


Spokane inmates to get use of tablet computers

Spokane County Jail inmates will soon have access to tablet computers. The move is part of a rollout by Global Tel Link, the company that provides phone services at the …


Bedsheet rope found hanging from federal inmates’ jail cell window

Two cellmates lowered a rope made of bedsheets from the fifth floor of the Spokane County Jail early Thursday through a window no wider than an iPhone. The FBI is …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 20, 2015, 2:05 p.m.

FBI investigating attempted jail break

The FBI is investigating a possible escape attempt from the Spokane County Jail Thursday morning.


Man accused of kicking, biting Spokane firefighter

Spokane firefighters reported being bitten and kicked in the face while brawling with a man they were attempting to treat Saturday on the Maple Street Bridge.


Family of inmate who died files $6.5M claim against Spokane County

The family of Lorenzo Hayes, who died May 13 at the Spokane County Jail, has filed a wrongful death claim against Spokane County requesting $6.5 million in damages.


Human Rights Commission seeks investigation of Spokane jail deaths

A federal investigation is needed following the deaths of four people at the Spokane County Jail since May 4, the Spokane Human Rights Commission says. The request was sent two …


Restrained arrestee choked on vomit, died in Spokane jail booking area

The Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office has determined the death of a man in May in the Spokane County Jail was a homicide. Lorenzo Hayes, 37, died when he choked …


Inmate who died in Spokane County Jail didn’t get care, family says

The family of a woman who died in the Spokane County Jail earlier this week said Tammy Heinen did not receive the medical care she needed before her arrest Sunday …


UPDATED: Thu., July 16, 2015, 10:18 a.m.

Jail grapples with inmate deaths, staff shortage

The Spokane County Jail is having difficulty hiring and retaining medical staff, while a spate of recent inmate deaths appear to be caused by health issues. County commissioners, who oversee …


Inmate’s death is fourth in 10 weeks

For the fourth time in 10 weeks, an inmate has died in Spokane County Jail.


Spokane County settles over jail medication dispute

The failure to disclose a one-page memo governing how outside medicine may be received at Spokane County Jail has put taxpayers on the hook for nearly $28,000 in penalties. Bigger …


Inmate death is third in six weeks at Spokane County Jail

Authorities identified the third inmate to die in the Spokane County Jail in the past six weeks as 53-year-old Scott M. Stevens, who was arrested on suspicion of stealing a …


Inmate found dead at Spokane County Jail

An inmate died this evening in the Spokane County Jail, prompting an investigation by the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.