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Labrador on criminal reform: ‘The purpose should be justice’

Raul Labrador, 1st District GOP congressman, told a crowd of more than 60 at the Idaho Law & Justice Learning Center tonight, “I believe that our bloated prison system is not benefiting taxpayers, it’s not benefiting society and it’s not benefiting inmates.” In the second row of the audience, Idaho Corrections Director Kevin Kempf was nodding...

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 changes to ease overcrowding. The proposal, presented at a meeting of the Spokane Regional Law and Justice Council last week, would revamp a common area on the jail’s second floor, cutting down on the amount of time jail staff spend transporting inmates to court hearings. The remodel is estimated to cost about $380,000.

Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago Several “delinquent and dependent children” had been sent to farm homes after an appeal was published in the paper seeking farmers willing to take on the children.

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 suggesting changes to the criminal justice system at all levels, is accepting applications through July 10. Applicants should have experience with the system in Spokane County, whether that be in the jails, the courts or with law enforcement, must have no pending criminal cases against them and must be a county resident. Those selected will work alongside county commissioners, judges, attorneys and law enforcement.

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 jail. Spokane is one of 20 recipients nationwide of a $150,000 grant through the foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge program, aimed at reducing overcrowding in local jails. Jackie Van Wormer, a Washington State University professor who is heading the county’s Law and Justice Council, said the award is a testament to the work being done to reform the region’s system.

City, county shaping new justice job

Leaders from the city of Spokane and Spokane County are putting the finishing touches on a job description for the person who will head reform of the region’s criminal justice system, from the technology used in courts to the way repeat offenders are screened upon arrest. Among the issues that still need to be sorted is who will pay the salary of Spokane County’s criminal justice coordinator, expected to be between $105,000 and $115,000 annually. That person’s duties will require coordination with city and county courts, the prosecuting and defense attorney’s offices, the Sheriff’s Office and Police Department, the Spokane County Jail and all of the regional governments.

Symposium on tested, creative justice reform aims to maintain local momentum

Most communities would jump at a chance to reduce crime while keeping more people out of jail. Julian Adler is coming to Spokane to show them how it’s done. Adler is one of two keynote speakers at Spokane’s upcoming Smart Justice Spokane Community Symposium on Nov. 15 at the Gonzaga University School of Law. The symposium, organized by a coalition of local advocacy and community groups, will bring people together to talk about addressing root causes of crime and continuing to implement reforms in law enforcement.

Spokane County District Court candidates list issues

For attorney Chris Bugbee, the race for a Spokane County District Court judgeship is all about a 2013 report that suggested dozens of changes needed to be made to bring greater efficiency to the local criminal justice system. The report from the three-member Spokane Regional Criminal Justice Commission was critical of the District Court, saying it “lacked cohesion” and has been “unwilling to embrace needed reform.” It also said the court was “unconcerned with the costs of jail sentences and detention before trials and detention hearings.”

Panel begins work on ways to reduce region’s crime rate

Eight months after a blue ribbon panel submitted 58 pages of recommendations for criminal justice reforms in Spokane County, the leaders who are responsible for implementing the reforms went to work on Tuesday evening. The new Spokane County Law and Justice Council convened its first meeting after months of debate over who should sit on what is now an 18-member panel.

All of us share stake in Gerlach’s defense bill

How much should you and I pay for the defense of Gail Gerlach? A judge will hear arguments today over bills submitted by the legal team for Gerlach, the Spokane man acquitted of manslaughter after fatally shooting a fleeing car thief. These bills are significant, totaling $284,000, and they’ve raised the kind of response in some quarters that almost any financial question in government life does – the sense that it’s too much.

Spokane Police Department gains state accreditation, will reopen training academy

In what Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub called a “major step,” the city’s police department has gained accreditation with the state and will reopen its training academy. “We are becoming, every day, a better and better police department,” Straub said Thursday, flanked by Mayor David Condon, Kennewick Police Chief Ken Hohenberg and Sue Rahr, head of the state’s Criminal Justice Training Commission.