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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.


Criminal justice panel, others have openings

The Spokane Regional Law and Justice Council is looking for two community members interested in aiding efforts to reform the county’s criminal justice system. The group, responsible for evaluating and …


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 …


Man who died while in custody ID’d by Spokane police

The man who died early Wednesday shortly after being arrested by Spokane police was identified Thursday as Lorenzo Hayes, 37. Hayes died after an unspecified medical emergency as Spokane County …


Jail inmate who died Wednesday identified

The man who died early Wednesday shortly after being arrested by Spokane police was identified today as Lorenzo Hayes, 37.


Spokane inmate dies at hospital shortly after arrest

A Spokane County jail inmate died Wednesday after he went into cardiac arrest while guards tried to restrain him. Spokane police responded to the 5400 block of North Addison Street …


UPDATED: Wed., May 13, 2015, 12:45 p.m.

Jail inmate dies shortly after arrest

A Spokane County jail inmate died early Wednesday morning shortly after being taken into custody by Spokane police.


Effort underway to restore jail’s ‘gallows gates’ at county courthouse

Sue Walker hopes the gates that once welcomed Spokane criminals to their jail cells – and two to their deaths – will return as a symbol on the county courthouse …


Inmate found dead in Spokane County Jail

A man was found dead in his Spokane County Jail cell this afternoon, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said.


Spokane inmates sold girls for sex, according to court records

Spokane County inmates orchestrated sex crimes from their jail cells by arranging prostitution of underage girls, according to phone calls recorded by local and federal police. Some calls originated inside …


Spokane County Jail says child rape suspect tried to escape

A Spokane County Jail inmate facing child rape and child molestation charges broke out his cell window Friday evening and will face a charge of attempted escape, the Spokane County …


Shawn Vestal: Washington’s mental health services a disservice

So a federal judge in Seattle has now formally ruled what is obvious on its face: Jailing the mentally ill while they wait for the state to provide them services …


$1.1 million renovations planned for county jail elevators

Workers from a Spokane Valley company will renovate four elevators at the aging Spokane County Jail during the next several months at a cost of $1.1 million. “We want to …


County agrees to $350,000 settlement with jail inmates

More than 1,000 people jailed in Spokane County in the past six years for failing to pay court-ordered fines will benefit from a class-action lawsuit that prompted the jail to …


Spokane County approves hiring more nurses, guards for jail

Help is coming to the staff at the aging Spokane County Jail in 2015, as county commissioners signed off Tuesday on a plan to hire four new nurses and 16 …


Man investigated for California sex assault released from Spokane jail

A man facing multiple felony charges in Spokane and under investigation for a sexual assault in Beverly Hills, California, posted bond at the county jail this week hours after police …


Geiger work crew inmate escapes at the Spokane County Fair

Geiger Corrections Center inmate Robert E. Reed, 46, walked away from a work crew at the Spokane County Fairgrounds around 2 p.m. today.


Spokane County Jail asks for more nurses

The aging Spokane County Jail, filled to the brim with inmates requiring mental health care, needs more help screening arrestees coming through the doors, officials say.