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Abbey McMahon: Cash bail system is unjust

It doesn’t take an issue expert to see how unjust our country’s system of cash bail is.

Behind the divide on bail reform, frustration over ‘revolving door’

Some activists say cash bail creates a two-tiered justice system in which poor defendants remain locked up before trial, while rich ones can pay to get out. Spokane County Sheriff …

Law firm counts 210 deaths in Washington jails; Spokane County has fourth-highest death toll

A nonprofit law firm has identified more than 200 people who died in Washington jails over the course of nearly 12 years, finding lapses in supervision, medical and mental health …

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 21, 2019

Victim of alleged assault in fight between Spokane neighbors over snow broke 2 ribs, bone in face, court records say

A man accused of attacking his neighbor over blowing snow into each others’ properties appeared Wednesday in Spokane County Superior Court where his bond was set at $2,000.

Bail sought for ex-Marine held in Moscow for alleged spying

A Russian lawyer representing a former U.S. Marine who was detained in Moscow for alleged spying says his client is enduring custody well but he is trying to get him …

UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 17, 2018

Shawn Vestal: Project in Spokane will bail accused low-level offenders out of jail in bid to even the field

The Bail Project is intended to fight fundamental inequities built into the cash bail system, and perhaps help reduce crowding in Spokane’s perpetually cramped jail along the way.

Weinstein pleads not guilty, released on bail

Harvey Weinstein, who was previously indicted on charges involving two women, was released on bail on Monday while fighting sex crime accusations that now include a third woman.

Ex-intelligence official held without bail in espionage case

A judge has ordered a former U.S. intelligence officer charged with attempted espionage to be held without bail pending trial.

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 12, 2017

Members of Polish death metal band Decapitated released from jail while awaiting Spokane rape trial

All four members of the Polish death metal band Decapitated have been released from jail.

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 15, 2017

Police knew ‘madman’ had illegal guns before killing rampage

The wife of a gunman who went on a shooting rampage in a Northern California town was found dead inside their home, authorities announced Wednesday, raising the death toll from …

Top Catalan lawmaker freed from jail after posting bail

A top Catalan lawmaker on Friday left a Madrid prison where she spent the night after posting the bail a Spanish judge imposed as part of a wide-ranging rebellion investigation …

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 15, 2017

Bail set for Idaho men accused of shooting at 13-year-olds

An Idaho judge set bail for the two men accused of shooting at two 13-year-olds, striking one on the leg.

Official: $4 billion bond meant as jab at trend of exorbitant bonds

A Texas court official says the $4 billion bond she imposed on a suspect was meant as a jab to highlight that bonds are often set so high that defendants …

Jury duty threats are a scam to steal money

The sheriff’s office had a warrant for Shirley Merritt’s arrest, the man on the line told her, and she needed to fork over what sounded like bond or fine money, …

Outside View: It’s time to rethink bail

A key precept of the American justice system is that a defendant’s wealth or poverty has no bearing on his treatment or his ability to mount a defense. The bail …

Get granny’s money: Oregon woman plots burglary to get bail money, police say

Police say a Grants Pass woman solicited people to burglarize her grandmother’s house as she tried to raise bail money to get out of jail, where she was being held …

Amy Goodman: Domestic violence victims who stand their ground punished

When domestic violence victims defend themselves, they put themselves at risk of becoming doubly victimized: first by their abuser, then at the hands of the criminal justice system

Bail revoked for prep school grad, who’s taken into custody

A graduate of a New England prep school who was convicted of sexually assaulting a younger student was taken into custody Friday after acknowledging that he violated conditions of his …

Spokane County Sheriff’s Office warns about bail bond scam

A Liberty Lake man lost nearly $2,000 over the weekend in a phone scam where a caller claiming to be a police officer in New York asked for bail to …

Lower bail for crime suspects hurts bond businesses

Getting out of jail in Spokane County is getting cheaper. After years of inmate overcrowding and a push by the county to streamline the judicial system, prosecutors, defense lawyers and …

Bail denial issue will be on ballot in fall

The Washington Legislature has given final approval to a constitutional amendment that would give judges more power in denying bail.

Police killings spark call to action

OLYMPIA – Judges should be able to deny bail to criminal suspects who are thought to be “inherently dangerous” to the public, Gov. Chris Gregoire and representatives of the state’s …

Editorial: Don’t toss rights out in reaction to shootings

Several Western Washington lawmakers have made it a goal of the 2010 legislative session to prevent certain criminal suspects from being released while they await trial. The lawmakers’ determination is …