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Eight die in jail this year

I would like to make a few comments on the number of deaths this year, of those arrested and incarcerated in the Spokane County Jail. I have unfortunately spent some time in jail in my earlier years for a few DUIs.

The fact is they still to this day offer no medical assistance for those unfortunates coming off alcohol. I know recently a friend of mine was suffering terrible withdrawals from alcohol. Their remedy was Kool-aid. He eventually went into a seizure, though they did not notice it.

The City Council and county commissioners must address this situation, as nothing will be done by the Sheriff’s Department alone. When someone is suffering from withdrawals there are medications that could be given to calm them.

Why this policy is not part of jail protocol is most likely money. People don’t die like this when proper care is given. The attitude of the jail keepers is heinous, to say the least. Also, I wonder if all the people — almost entirely men — that have been shot and killed by officers needed to die. Our ombudsman has no powers, and so is useless.

Mike Krogseth

Newman Lake


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