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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.


Bathroom ruse used in hospital escape try, records say

The inmate shot at by a corrections officer during an alleged attempt to flee custody last month at Deaconess Hospital escaped after asking to use the bathroom, according to court …


Investigators: Fleeing inmate at Deaconess asked for restroom break

Cameron Trevino, the man shot at by Spokane County Corrections officer Sandy Rief at Deaconness Hospital in July, kept running despite being struck by a baton and pepper spray, court …


Sheriff’s race centers on jail debate

Debate over the need for a new Spokane County Jail has become a key issue in this year’s campaigns for sheriff and county commissioner after a candidate in the sheriff’s …


Corrections officer identified in Deaconess Hospital shooting

Sandy Rief, a five-year veteran of Spokane County Detention Services, was identified Thursday as the deputy who shot at a fleeing inmate awaiting surgery at Deaconess Hospital earlier this week.


STA stabbing suspect released on earlier charges

The homicide suspect in a fatal downtown stabbing on Saturday left jail last month after Spokane police did not file paperwork needed to hold him on a separate incident. Donald …


Spokane County Jail is overcrowded and falling apart

Spokane County’s 28-year-old jail is showing its age. Water collects on the floor in the basement kitchen because drains don’t work. Doors to the walk-in coolers are jammed. The subfloor …


Spokane cellmates accused of plotting jailbreak

Toenail clippers, a metal clothes hook and some toothpaste could not buy freedom for an accused child rapist and a man facing drug charges at the Spokane County Jail last …


Two men suspected of plotting escape from Spokane County Jail

Two men face felony escape charges on top of other criminal allegations after jail staff found letters and a tool indicating an escape attempt over the weekend.


Police: Shooting suspect leaves jail, assaults store clerk

Jayme Rodgers, 22, was free for less than a week on a drive-by shooting charge before he was re-arrested after allegedly assaulting a convenience store clerk Friday.


Woman found hanging at Spokane County Jail dies

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said the woman found hanging at the Spokane County Jail earlier this week has died. She was taken off life support Friday afternoon.


Woman found hanging, unconscious, in Spokane County Jail

A female inmate was found hanging, unconscious, in the shower area of the Spokane County Jail this afternoon, the Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. She was taken to …


Spokane County jail escape plan thwarted by anonymous tip

Jail guards found rope made from bedsheets, a steel rod and “fishing line” made of toilet paper and wire in the cell shared by two Spokane County Jail inmates who …


‘Frequent fliers’ rack up criminal convictions, frustrating officials

Fred W. Nolan Jr. presses one finger after another against a window at the Spokane County Jail. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day, his birthday: five days he spent on …