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Jails spend millions to house mentally ill, report shows

Holding mentally ill defendants in jails while they await competency services is costing cities and counties across the state of Washington millions of dollars. That’s according to state officials who …


‘Affluenza’ teen gets 2 years in jail

Ethan Couch, the “affluenza” teen who killed four people in a drunken driving crash in 2013, was given four consecutive 180-day jail sentences by a judge Wednesday.


Number of executions rose significantly in 2015

The number of executions carried out around the world in 2015 increased more than 50 percent over the previous year, a surge largely driven by three countries: Iran, Pakistan and …


Judge: Either treat or release mentally ill murder suspect

A Washington state judge has ordered that a mentally ill murder suspect be released from jail or admitted to a psychiatric hospital.


Alabama officers find cellphones, knives after prison uprising

Corrections officers say they found 30 cellphones, makeshift knives and other contraband after an uprising at a prison.


Jail bans photos after drug-soaked pictures discovered

A Virginia jail is no longer allowing inmates to receive personal photographs after officials found inmates were chewing on pictures that had been soaked in a drug.


Protesters in KKK brawl released from jail pending charges

Ku Klux Klan members and counter-protesters involved in a bloody melee at a Southern California park have been released from jail without criminal charges, authorities said Thursday.


Search continues for Mississippi inmate accused of murder

Mississippi authorities continue searching for an escaped inmate facing capital murder charges in the 2015 rape and slaying of a 69-year-old woman.


Teen says he was injured by Idaho juvenile detention worker

A teen has filed a tort claim against the Idaho Department of Juvenile Correction because he says he sustained a concussion and a badly broken collarbone when a department employee …


Key player in prisoners’ early release resigns state post

State officials say the assistant attorney general who advised Corrections officials they didn’t need to recalculate prisoners’ sentences after discovering a sentencing software error has stepped down.


More than 40 prison guards accused of taking bribes, drug trafficking

More than 40 prison guards and officers in Georgia have been indicted on charges of accepting bribes and drug trafficking, the latest in a federal effort to crack down on …


Inmate mistakenly released from Los Angeles jail recaptured

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department says a murder suspect mistakenly released from jail last month has been captured in Nevada.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 17, 2015

Officials say adding courtroom to jail would ease overcrowding

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 …


Going to term

This is not how Cristina Salazar imagined starting a family: unmarried at age 22, nine months pregnant and sitting in jail. Dressed in orange pants, shirt and flip flops – …


Shawn Vestal: Outdated computers say a lot about Spokane County justice system

The elegant, historic Spokane County Courthouse was built almost 120 years ago. The inelegant, historic computer system can’t be much newer.


Wash. jailers find sawblade in slippers for inmate

OKANOGAN, Wash. — Okanogan authorities arrested a woman after finding a saw blade in the sole of an Isotoner slipper in a package bound for a man accused of shooting …


Medical examiner lists jail death as homicide

The death of a 33-year-old man in the booking area of the Spokane County Jail in Feburary has been listed as a homicide.


Commissioners consider new slate of jail options

Spokane County officials are reconsidering their 2010 choice to build a new jail at the Medical Lake interchange off Interstate 90. The selection of the Medical Lake site from among …


Inmates take easy way out

ST. MARIES – A sign behind the front desk of the Benewah County Sheriff’s Office wryly cautions visitors: “No whining, crying, outright blubbering or the likes thereof … whatsoever! This …


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 …


County agrees to jail reforms

Spokane County Commissioners and the city of Spokane appear to have reached a deal on keeping city inmates in the county jail system for now and working on reforms to …


Editorial: County needs immediate solution to jail problem

Spokane County and the city of Spokane are negotiating an end of sentence for the Geiger Corrections Center. Time served sounds about right. But a quick end will renew pressures …


Jerry Sandusky to face accusers at preliminary hearing Tuesday

The case against Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant football coach accused of sex abuse, moves into a criminal courtroom Tuesday, when as many as 10 men could testify …


Sandusky jailed on new child sex abuse charges

Ex-Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was jailed Wednesday after new child sex abuse charges were filed against him based on the claims of new two accusers, including one …


Former deputy accused of raping inmate at Spokane Indian Reservation jail

A former jail deputy on the Spokane Indian Reservation is accused of raping an inmate. Clifford Arlen Matherly, 35, was arrested at a gas station in Chewelah, Wash., on Monday, …


Knezovich makes points in debate over new jail

Call it the Dueling PowerPoints. Spokane’s downtown Rotary 21 club got the opening salvo April 29 when Robert Boruchowitz, a Seattle University law professor, made the case for diversion programs …


County raises fees, extends jail contract

A public relations contract to promote a Spokane County jail construction bond measure will be extended four months at a cost of $46,156. In other action Tuesday, county commissioners voted …


County picks Medical Lake site for new jail

Spokane County Commissioners today voted to put a new jail at a site near the Medical Lake freeway interchange and a community corrections on the campus of the existing Spokane …


Spokane County OKs thousands in courthouse repairs

A decorative metal finial – sort of a giant hood ornament – was blown off the roof of the Spokane County courthouse last Wednesday night. A nearly 5-foot chunk of …


Former sheriff says he won’t challenge Knezovich for job

Former Spokane County Sheriff Mark Sterk announced Friday that he won’t challenge incumbent Ozzie Knezovich. Sterk declared earlier this month that he was considering a run, but he concluded there …