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UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 11, 2020

Spokane County to spend $50,000 researching temporary jail structures

Spokane County Commissioners have approved spending $50,000 to study whether putting a few hundred inmates in temporary structures, or reinforced tents, is feasible.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 14, 2020

Spokane County Jail to install floor-to-ceiling bars in jail to prevent suicides

The Spokane County Jail will increase its 4-foot railings to the ceiling on the same floor a man died after jumping to prevent more suicides.


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: Mon., Dec. 30, 2019

Police: Spokane man says he killed girlfriend because he ‘couldn’t let her go’

A detective wrote that Joshua Forrester had planned to kill Alicia Marie Johnson “at least several hours before he actually did it.”


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. 9, 2019

Spokane County Jail inmate dies after jump from guardrail

An inmate in the Spokane County Jail died Friday after law enforcement say he jumped from a guard railing.


Shawn Vestal: Jailing people is expensive. Let’s look at all the options before building more cells in Spokane.

It costs $298 to book someone into the Spokane County Jail and $134 a day to keep them there. Meanwhile, it costs $25 to start someone on an electronic home …


100 years ago in Spokane: Jail authorities end Wobbly ‘disturbance’ with fire hose

A Wobbly “disturbance” at the Spokane City Jail – or what the Spokane Daily Chronicle called a “jail riot” – ended after authorities “turned a fire hose on the disturbers.”


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 …


Spokane County aims to prevent overdoses, drugs in jail with new scanners

After a string of deaths and overdoses in the Spokane County jail, officials will soon scan almost all inmates and their mail for drugs and other contraband.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 6, 2019

Phone vendor sues after Spokane County picks different provider for jail inmate calls

The company that provides phone service for inmates in the Spokane County Jail is suing the county after it chose a new provider, accusing the county of bias and not …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 30, 2019

Spokane judge dismisses domestic violence charge against football legend Mark Rypien

A judge on Friday dismissed the misdemeanor domestic violence charges against former NFL and Washington State quarterback Mark Rypien, his attorney said


UPDATED: Tue., July 30, 2019

Medical examiner says woman died after taking fentanyl in Spokane County Jail

Sharona Carroll was the 13th person to die in the county’s custody since 2015, and at least the second inmate whose death was linked to contraband drugs.


UPDATED: Thu., July 18, 2019

Shawn Vestal: Building a bigger, better Spokane County Jail won’t necessarily solve overcrowding issue

Every release from the Spokane County Jail, from the least serious to the most, from allegation to conviction to dismissal, tells a different story. But we apply the same blunt …


UPDATED: Wed., July 17, 2019

Spokane County hosting two more public forums on jail facilities

Spokane County officials plan to host two additional public forums to gather feedback as talks continue about the size of the county’s jail facilities.


UPDATED: Tue., July 9, 2019

Commissioners pick Mike Sparber to continue running Spokane County’s jail facilities

Sparber has served as interim director of Spokane County Detention Services since February, when


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: Sat., June 22, 2019

Contraband drugs may have claimed second life in Spokane County Jail

The county medical examiner’s office won’t officially determine how Sharona Carroll died until it receives toxicology results from a state forensic lab.


UPDATED: Thu., June 20, 2019

Unitarian Universalists, local activists denounce talk of new Spokane County Jail

“Jails have become a way of criminalizing poverty, mental illness and addiction,” said the Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association. “And, in the absence of investing in …


UPDATED: Fri., June 14, 2019

Medical examiner names woman who died in Spokane County Jail

The woman who died in the Spokane County Jail early Tuesday was Sharona Marie Carroll-Camps, 39, according to the county medical examiner’s office. She was the ninth person to die …


UPDATED: Tue., June 11, 2019

Emergency crews respond to Spokane County Jail death

Spokane County Sheriff’s detectives are trying to determine how an inmate in the Spokane County Jail died. The inmate was found at about 2:20 a.m. Tuesday morning.


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: Mon., May 13, 2019

Two public forums planned to discuss Spokane County Jail

Some local officials have mulled whether the county needs additional jail space, while some argue jail crowding should be alleviated by curbing or eliminating the use of cash bail to …


‘They should have taken him to the hospital’: Records detail Spokane County inmate’s overdose death

Shane Carson, 31, overdosed on methamphetamine and some type of opioid. But at the time, corrections officers believed he was “detoxing” or experiencing withdrawal symptoms, and they dismissed the concerns …


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.


UPDATED: Wed., May 1, 2019

Spokane’s May Day March takes stand against local agencies working with border patrol

A group of protesters gathered Wednesday in Riverfront Park is calling on Spokane County officials to stop working with border patrol agents.


‘Build it and they will come’: A history of the Spokane County Jail

Local leaders have set out again to determine whether Spokane County needs a new jail. This time, vocal community members and reform-minded criminal justice experts are pushing back against the …


UPDATED: Mon., March 25, 2019

Seven months after Spokane County Jail death, manslaughter case ends in plea deal

Christopher N. Luman, 56, lost consciousness and died shortly after a fistfight with one of his cellmates, Anthony J. Weber, in the early hours of Aug. 9.


Community meeting Monday to oppose new Spokane County jail

The meeting, organized by the Spokane Community Against Racism, will take place Monday evening at Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church.