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Law and Justice Council recommends county split it in two

Criminal justice reform advocates have strongly opposed a proposal to remove community representation from the Spokane Regional Law and Justice Council. Turning the council into two separate groups could serve as a compromise. 

Spokane County’s criminal justice system got mixed reviews in a new report. Here’s how it fared

The panel of criminal justice experts behind the 2013 Blueprint for Reform gave the region mixed reviews in a status update report competed earlier this month, saying the county still has a problematic number of felony filings, has transparency issues and the region needs to commit to alternative programs such as a community corrections center and fully-funding pre-trial services. 

Spokane County uses COVID-19 aid to launch $10.8 million hospitality grant program

Spokane County Commissioners approved $10.8 million in federal COVID-19 aid for a new grant program that will offer assistance to struggling hospitality businesses. The application for the grant opens next week and only restaurants, hotels, event venues and other businesses related to hospitality and leisure activities are eligible. 

Spokane County faces $11 million shortfall in 2021 budget

Spokane County's preliminary budget was released Tuesday and the county is facing an estimated $11 million shortfall, which they hope to address with early retirements, cutting costs and potentially dipping into reserves.

Nadine Woodward details homeless services, shelter vision

The outline presented by Woodward to the Spokane City Council includes plans for regional collaboration with Spokane County and Spokane Valley. In addition to an emergency shelter, the city is looking to establish a "bridge shelter" that would require a referral and work to get people in their own housing.