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Far from his roots in South Carolina, Curtis Hampton found himself in Spokane through service in the military. Now 65 and retired from a career as an operations manager at Boeing, he's has dedicated himself to advocacy.
It costs $298 to book someone into the Spokane County Jail and $134 a day to keep them there. Meanwhile, it costs $25 to start someone on an electronic home monitoring device and $4 to run the device each day afterward, according to new statistics from a local criminal justice task force.
The funding comes in addition to another $1.9 million that the foundation awarded to the county in 2015 and 2016 as part of its Safety and Justice Challenge.
Police in Spokane may soon have a new place to take people with mental illnesses suspected of committing crimes besides jail or an overcrowded emergency room.
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.