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UPDATED: Sat., July 4, 2020

Go to the root: Advocate raised under Jim Crow law asks Spokane community to invest in youth

Far from his roots in South Carolina, Curtis Hampton found himself in Spokane through service in the military. Now 65 and retired from a career as an operations manager at …


UPDATED: Thu., July 2, 2020

Spokane health officer issues order to jail COVID-19-positive man who refused to self-isolate

Spokane Regional Health District Health Officer Bob Lutz issued an order Thursday to isolate a COVID-19-positive man in Spokane County Jail after he refused orders to self-isolate, according to a …


UPDATED: Mon., June 22, 2020

100 years ago in Spokane: Police search for inmates, including “gentleman burglar,” who escaped jail

The Spokane Daily Chronicle ran front-page mug shots of all four of the inmates who escaped from the Spokane County Jail two days earlier, including Jerome Kirk, described as “the …


100 years ago in Spokane: Jail escapee fires at officers, holds couple hostage before escaping

After a daring jailbreak from the Spokane County Jail, ringleader Jerome Kirk engaged in a gunfight on the street, injured a bystander, jumped aboard a streetcar, rode it to the …


UPDATED: Tue., June 16, 2020

Inmate exposed to COVID-19 isolated in Spokane County Jail

Spokane County Jail staff are isolating an inmate accused of dragging a deputy with his minivan on Friday after said he had been around a person who had COVID-19.


Spokane County considers using federal coronavirus relief money to increase jail capacity with temporary structures

As Spokane County Jail staff prepares for a potential COVID-19 outbreak in the jail, county staff has asked commissioners to consider spending federal COVID-19 aid money on buying temporary jail …


UPDATED: Tue., May 19, 2020

Spokane County Jail protects against COVID-19

Trying to keep coronavirus out of the Spokane County Jail and Geiger Corrections Center has been a big job for Sgt. Justin White.


Shawn Vestal: Shutdown gives us a picture of what might happen if we reduced jail population

The coronavirus is creating a real-time experiment in Spokane jail reform.


100 years ago in Spokane: Montana attorney seeks Supreme Court help in case targeting Wobblies

A court injunction had made it a crime to belong to the Wobblies, or even wear the group’s buttons or insignia. The state Supreme Court was asked to rule on …


UPDATED: Fri., March 27, 2020

Spokane County jail population plunges during pandemic

Only 620 people were held in the Spokane County Jail and the Geiger Corrections Center on Friday evening, according to the county’s online jail roster. That’s roughly two-thirds of the …


100 years ago in Spokane: Inmate kills city jailer

Steve Potaskey, 35, an “insanity suspect,” somehow got out of his jail cell, seized city jailer William D. Nelson, 64, from behind and began attacking him, the Spokane Daily Chronicle …


UPDATED: Wed., March 18, 2020

Spokane County courts working to alleviate jail crowding amid COVID-19 concerns

Following an urgent request from jail officials, Spokane County’s district and superior courts have prepared lists of inmates who might be released to alleviate crowding and prevent the novel coronavirus …


UPDATED: Tue., March 17, 2020

Dozens released from Spokane County custody following Municipal Court emergency order

“The way you’ve got to look at it is: Is committing a misdemeanor worth getting a sentence of the COVID virus?” the court administrator said.


UPDATED: Tue., March 17, 2020

Spokane County jail facilities suspend family visits, educational programs; courts announce slowdowns

Spokane County officials are barring friends and relatives from visiting inmates in the downtown jail and at the Geiger Corrections Center to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. Officials …


UPDATED: Fri., March 6, 2020

Spokane man awaiting trial suspected of throwing urine at guard, threatening to bomb jail

Sean M. Jensen, a 21-year-old Spokane man accused of armed robbery, is now suspected of throwing urine at a corrections officer and threatening to bomb the Spokane County Jail.


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.