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UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 20, 2017

At Gonzaga Law School, speakers call out for criminal justice reform

Several speakers were featured Thursday at the Peaceful Communities Roundtable forum. Their subject: criminal justice reform.


Editorial: Feds shouldn’t overreact to crime data

If Sessions doesn’t want to erode progress, as he has stated, he will back off knee-jerk responses that led to past failures.


Idaho jail eyed as federal site for immigration detainees

The Jerome County Jail in south-central Idaho would be an ideal location to house immigration detainees and could eventually be used for immigration hearings, federal officials said.


UPDATED: Sun., June 4, 2017

Kurtis Robinson, ex-con who found a higher path, to lead Spokane NAACP

Kurtis Robinson, who formerly chaired the criminal justice committee for the NAACP, will succeed Phil Tyler as president of the NAACP’s Spokane chapter.


Carlyle Care Center in downtown Spokane to stop serving residents with severe mental illness

The Spokane area’s largest assisted-living facility is closing its doors to more than 100 residents with severe mental illness and complex medical problems, and social workers are scrambling to find …


UPDATED: Mon., March 27, 2017

Kootenai County prepares for jail expansion as inmate population spikes

The number of inmates in Kootenai County’s custody reached an all-time high over the weekend as county leaders moved forward with plans to expand the jail, which has been overcrowded …


America’s prison population is getting whiter

In a new report, economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton document that non-Hispanic whites who have a high school education or less have experienced reduced life expectancy and increased rates …


Executive order that incarcerated Japanese Americans is 75

Roughly 120,000 Japanese immigrants and Japanese-Americans were sent to desolate camps that dotted the West because the government claimed they might plot against the U.S. Thousands were elderly, disabled, children …


Idaho Board of Correction appoints new director

The Idaho Board of Correction has appointed Henry Atencio as the new director of prisons two days after his predecessor, Kevin Kempf, gave his resignation notice.


Montana violates law by housing adults in youth prisons, audit says

An audit says the Montana Department of Corrections is breaking the law by housing youth and adult offenders in the same facility and by contracting to send girl offenders to …


UPDATED: Mon., April 25, 2016

Reform is needed in inmate re-entry process

Upon return these men and women encounter a complex web of barriers and entanglements connected to the stigma associated with a criminal record.


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


Panel says Idaho wastes millions jailing nonviolent offenders

BOISE – Nonviolent criminals are being kept behind bars in Idaho twice as long as they are in the rest of the nation. That’s among the major findings of a …


Smart Bombs: Incarceration wave hits U.S.

In debating the price and necessity of jails (see the opposite page), it helps to know the national context. With the spending surge on criminal justice since the 1990s, you’d …


Idaho grandparents may get stronger custody rights

Idaho lawmakers are considering a bill intended to help grandparents and other relatives get custody of children whose parents have been caught up with substance abuse or incarceration.


News conjures up lottery dreams and cell phone wishes

I was amazed to read Wednesday about the effort to keep cell phones out of the paws of the prison population. Apparently a lot of cellular phones have been smuggled …