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Stories tagged: criminal justice reform


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 13, 2019

Beggs eyes criminal justice reform in Spokane budget proposals

Making good on a centerpiece of his successful bid for City Council President in November, Councilman Breean Beggs introduced a set of proposals to kick-start deep reform to the city’s …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 5, 2017

Idaho county awarded $1M grant for criminal justice reform

An Idaho county encompassing Boise was awarded a $1 million grant aimed at reforming the criminal justice system and reducing its jail population.


Matt Welch: After Dallas, tribal politics as usual

Our dominant political culture in this country is sick, and we have ourselves to blame. From Ferguson, Mo., to Dallas, too many of us organize our reactions to news events …


Raul Labrador says momentum building for bipartisan sentencing reform

Idaho GOP Congressman Raul Labrador says momentum is building in Congress for major criminal justice reforms, aimed at reversing decades of focus on long prison terms, even for non-violent and …


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 …


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 …


Spokane County law and justice council will start up again

Spokane County used to have a law and justice council that was supposed to work on improving the criminal justice system. The group was formed in 1992 and was made …


WSU instructor will head Spokane criminal justice reform efforts

Spokane County and city officials will hire a Washington State University assistant professor with expertise in criminal justice to lead the initial implementation of criminal justice reforms recommended by a …


Geiger using reinstated electronic home monitoring program

Geiger Corrections Center on Thursday released its first inmate on a newly reinstated electronic home monitoring program intended to reduce costs of incarceration to taxpayers. The new monitoring program will …


Spokane justice commission report complete

Now that the Spokane Regional Criminal Justice Commission has completed its yearlong report, top officials at Spokane County and Spokane City Hall are getting ready to sit down and decide …


Spokane criminal justice reform ideas met with praise

Criminal justice reform ideas for Spokane drew positive reviews Wednesday evening from people knowledgeable about the system. The Spokane Regional Criminal Justice Commission last week released 58 pages of draft …


Smart Justice seeks Spokane criminal justice reform

A group pushing for criminal justice reform in Spokane called for moving tax money from pretrial lockup to programs that help offenders turn their lives around. Smart Justice leaders outlined …


Panel explains its approach to criminal justice reform

A hundred people turned out on Thursday to hear emerging plans for reform of Spokane’s criminal justice system. They were law officers, prosecutors, judges, defenders, attorneys and others involved in …


City, county to seek jail system savings

The Spokane City Council on Monday joined the county in a wide-ranging effort to reform the local criminal justice system to save money. An agreement unanimously approved by the council …