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UPDATED: Thu., March 26, 2020

2 virus-vulnerable detainees released from immigration jail

Two detainees with health conditions that make them vulnerable to COVID-19 have been released from an immigration jail in Tacoma, their attorneys said Thursday.


UPDATED: Fri., March 6, 2020

Spokane County Jail corrections officers twice find drugs on woman jailed for eluding police

A 34-year-old Spokane Valley woman jailed on suspicion of attempting to elude police racked up additional charges this week after Spokane County Jail corrections officers twice found the inmate to …


U.S. prisons, jails on alert for spread of coronavirus

The nation’s jails and prisons are on high alert, stepping up inmate screenings, sanitizing jail cells and urging lawyers to scale back in-person visits to prevent the new coronavirus from …


AP sources: Feds search for possible gun at Epstein jail

The federal jail in New York City where wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein took his own life is on lockdown as authorities try to determine whether someone smuggled a gun inside …


Shawn Vestal: Justice reform moves forward, despite resistance from some in Spokane justice system

Spokane has gone to great lengths to get good information and develop good ideas about how to dispense justice more smartly. But all the good ideas and hopeful recommendations will …


Appeals court won’t reconsider inmate’s gender surgery case

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has become the first circuit in the nation to order a state to pay for an inmate’s gender confirmation surgery, ruling Monday that …


Spokane County considering temporary jail outside Geiger to ease crowding

The solution to years of jail overcrowding in Spokane County could be temporary, reinforced-tent structures. Spokane County Jail Director Mike Sparber asked county commissioners on Monday for $75,000


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 2, 2020

Spokane County Jail, DOC to continue negotiations under 1-month contract

The county previously warned it would stop jailing people for probation and parole violations unless the state Department of Corrections agrees to increase its reimbursements to the county.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 24, 2019

Spokane County won’t jail people for violating probation, parole – unless DOC agrees to new contract

The change would take effect after the Department of Corrections’ contract with the county ends on Dec. 31. The change would not apply to anyone arrested on new charges, said …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 2, 2019

Idaho State Police investigating death in Lewiston jail

Paramedics were called after the person was found unconscious, according to the Nez Perce County Sheriff’s Office.


Curtis Hampton: Reforms should come before jail

Spokane’s debate about whether to build a new jail is premature – the city hasn’t fully implemented criminal justice reforms.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 11, 2019

72-year-old man takes plea deal after 33 months awaiting trial, plans to sue Spokane County

William Mitchell was first booked into Spokane County jail on Jan. 25, 2017, on charges of first-degree robbery and second-degree assault. He pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of second-degree …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 9, 2019

Lawsuit alleges Okanogan County held woman illegally based on her immigration status

The lawsuit filed in federal court Wednesday alleges officials deprived Maria Del Rayo Mendoza Garcia of her civil rights when they held her in custody for nearly two days after …


A garden grows in West Plain jail bearing more than just vegetables

There’s a quarter-acre garden bursting with ripening crops. But it’s not where you’d expect. It’s out on the West Plains, where the wind blows hard, the soil is rocky and …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 16, 2019

‘Not in my backyard’: Kootenai County residents mount opposition to planned inmate re-entry center

The proposed facility is one of several projects aimed at reducing overcrowding in the state’s prison system, where roughly 62% of inmates are held for probation or parole violations – …


Putin opponent sent back to jail after suspected poisoning

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was moved back to jail from a hospital Monday even though his physician raised suspicions of a possible poisoning after he suffered facial swelling and …


UPDATED: Thu., July 25, 2019

Financier Jeffrey Epstein found injured in jail cell

Wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein was found on the floor of his jail cell with bruises on his neck early this week while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges, a person …


UPDATED: Wed., July 3, 2019

Man charged with illegally possessing gun used in Russian roulette death

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UPDATED: Wed., July 3, 2019

Cheney man accused of killing wife with poisoned ice cream faces new charges

A man accused of killing his wife by lacing her ice cream with a lethal dose of his pain medication in October will appear in court next week after prosecutors …


UPDATED: Wed., June 26, 2019

Woman just released from Spokane County Jail crashes into truck and flees scene, police say

After police booked a woman into jail on suspicion of driving with a suspended license Wednesday, she was released, but shortly after she crashed her car into a truck and …


UPDATED: Wed., June 26, 2019

Police arrest, book man into jail twice Tuesday morning

Police arrested a man and sent him to jail twice Tuesday. Gary A. Flett, 25, was arrested after trespassing at the House Of Charity at 7:45 a.m., according to a …


Man who pointed laser at helicopter agrees to plea deal; felony downgraded to misdemeanor

A man who directed a laser pointer at a Spokane County Sheriff’s helicopter was sentenced to one day in jail with credit for one day of time served.


Investigation: Many US jails fail to stop inmate suicides

Increasingly, troubling questions are being raised about the treatment of mentally ill inmates in the nation’s 3,100 local jails, possible patterns of neglect — and whether better care could have …


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., May 30, 2019

Prison ombudsperson calls for jail reform during Center for Justice fundraiser

Speaking from experience, Riley Hewko said that many people charged with violent crimes often grew up with abuse and addiction, and jails do more harm to people who have already …


UPDATED: Fri., May 3, 2019

Three Spokane County Jail inmates found unconscious in dormitory, treated for overdoses

Three women in Spokane County Jail were treated for drug overdoses on Thursday and Friday after they had taken an “unknown powdery substance” that was smuggled into the jail.


Yakima County jail head: Little choice but to drop off inmates in parking lot

After complaints about dropping them off in a parking lot, a top Yakima County corrections official said King County prisoners being released from the North Front Street jail will be …


UPDATED: Fri., March 29, 2019

Geiger escapee apparently evades police in stolen car

A man who walked away from jail work crew this month was nearly caught by police on Sunday when he led police on a brief chase in a stolen Subaru …


Chelsea Manning sent to jail for refusing to testify in Wikileaks case

Former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning has been sent to jail for refusing to testify to a grand jury investigating Wikileaks.


Boise-area mayor arrested on domestic battery charge

The mayor of Middleton, Idaho, is reportedly in jail under arrest on a charge of domestic battery. No bail was set and he will remain in custody until he is …