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Spokane County contracts with Alabama firm to provide jail medical services for $2.6 million

NaphCare, Inc., is buttressing the meager nursing staff at the aging Spokane County Jail.

Spokane County Jail receives an additional $1.75 million from MacArthur Foundation to reduce overcrowding

Criminal Justice Adminstrator Jacqueline van Wormer informed stakeholders at the city and county level Wednesday afternoon the national nonprofit had selected Spokane County as one of 11 sites to receive …

100 years ago in North Idaho: Siblings struggle to save brother injured in tree accident

From our archives, 100 years ago Jesse Cains, 29, was on Marble Creek, near Avery, Idaho, sawing a tree when the tree fell in an unexpected manner.

Study finds flaws in how Washington jails handle disabled inmates

A new study says many jails across Washington routinely fail to screen inmates properly for disabilities, delay access to medication and inappropriately place disabled inmates in solitary confinement. The study, …

Police: heroin found in man’s pants during jail search

A man arrested last week on felony drug warrants is facing additional charges after Spokane County Jail officers found balls of a substance appearing to be heroin in the man’s …

Henrikson cellmate seeks dismissal of attempted Spokane County Jail escape charge

Bud Ray Brown, the man who said he masterminded a failed escape attempt from a Spokane County Jail cell he shared with James Henrikson, says he’s being unfairly targeted by …

Family files lawsuit in Spokane County Jail death; Knezovich rebuts claims

The family of 33-year-old Christopher J. Parker filed a wrongful death and excessive force lawsuit against Spokane County this week, three years after Parker died of a meth overdose exacerbated …

100 years ago in Seattle: Judge sets aside conviction against former Spokane woman found guilty of being ‘lazy husband’

From our archives, 100 years ago Robert Gaffney, a woman who passed as a man for decades, was released from a Seattle jail.

Council candidate involved in discrimination lawsuit against Spokane County

Phillip Tyler, one of the people vying to replace Jon Snyder on the Spokane City Council, has sued Spokane County alleging workplace discrimination. Tyler worked in the Spokane County Jail …

WSU Spokane professor picked to provide new criminal risk assessment tool

Zach Hamilton, a professor at WSU Spokane in criminology, will help develop a customized tool for the region to determine who should be in the overcrowded Spokane County Jail and …

Police, Spokane County Jail staff won’t be charged in May death

The Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office will not file criminal charges against the police and jail staff who handled Lorenzo Hayes, 37, on the day he died in May.

Spokane County’s $8 million ‘mistake’ in jail death given reprieve by judge

Judge Annette Plese granted a repreive to Spokane County staff who failed to respond to an $8 million lawsuit stemming from an August 2012 death in the Spokane County Jail.

Spokane County Jail placed on lockdown after weapon found in bathroom

Spokane police officers are responding to an unspecified emergency at the Spokane County Jail.

‘Clerical error’ leads to $8 million judgment against Spokane County in jail death

The family of a 29-year-old woman who died in custody of the Spokane County Jail in August 2012 was awarded $8 million by a judge after the county failed to …

Editorial: Lawsuit should improve jail’s medication practices

Management of inmate medication gets needed revisions.

100 years ago in Spokane: Sheriff vows to fix inmate escape problem

From our archives, 100 years ago Spokane County jailers were accused of letting as many as 30 prisoners out of jail before their terms were up.

Spokane County settles jail medication lawsuit for $50,000

A Spokane family has won a $50,000 settlement from the county after mental health medications were withheld from their son for more than a week in May 2013.

Henrikson cellmate takes full blame for August ‘escape attempt’

The cellmate of James Henrikson says an ill-fated escape attempt using a rope made of bedsheets was his idea.

City approves $250,000 contract to defend itself in jail death case

The city of Spokane has set aside $250,000 to defend itself against a $6.5 million claim by the family of a man who choked to death on his on vomit …

100 years ago in Spokane: Jail inmate escape plans foiled – again

From our archives, 100 years ago One thing about “champion bad man Fred Johnson” – he didn’t give up easily.

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 …

100 years ago in Spokane: An inmate shot by police in recent escape found to be digging way out of jail

From our archives, 100 years ago jbFred Johnson, the convict the newspapers nicknamed Spokane’s “tiger man,” for his desperate and bloody exploits, was back in the news.

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 17, 2015

Judge orders Henrikson trial moved to Tri-Cities

U.S. District Court Judge Salvador Mendoza ruled the trial of James Henrikson, alleged mastermind in murder-for-hire plot that targeted Doug Carlile, be moved to Richland.

Bedsheet rope originated in Henrikson’s cell, prosecutors say

Federal prosecutors released an in-cell photo of the rope allegedly lowered from the cell of James Henrikson last month, in response to defense attorneys’ request that he be moved back …

Murder-for-hire suspect James Henrikson moved to Yakima jail

Accused murder-for-hire mastermind James Henrikson has been moved to the Yakima County Jail following a suspected escape attempt in Spokane last month. Officials from the Spokane County Jail, the FBI …

Henrikson moved to Yakima following August jailbreak attempt

Though officials would not confirm accused murder-for-hire mastermind James Henrikson attempted to escape the Spokane County Jail last month, he has been moved to Yakima and faced restrictions on attorney …

Spokane inmates to get use of tablet computers

Spokane County Jail inmates will soon have access to tablet computers. The move is part of a rollout by Global Tel Link, the company that provides phone services at the …

Bedsheet rope found hanging from federal inmates’ jail cell window

Two cellmates lowered a rope made of bedsheets from the fifth floor of the Spokane County Jail early Thursday through a window no wider than an iPhone. The FBI is …

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 20, 2015

FBI investigating attempted jail break

The FBI is investigating a possible escape attempt from the Spokane County Jail Thursday morning.

Man accused of kicking, biting Spokane firefighter

Spokane firefighters reported being bitten and kicked in the face while brawling with a man they were attempting to treat Saturday on the Maple Street Bridge.