Stories tagged: spokane county jail
UPDATED: Sat., July 4, 2020
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 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 …
Mon., June 22, 2020
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
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.
Sun., May 31, 2020
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
Trying to keep coronavirus out of the Spokane County Jail and Geiger Corrections Center has been a big job for Sgt. Justin White.
Sun., April 12, 2020
The coronavirus is creating a real-time experiment in Spokane jail reform.
Mon., March 30, 2020
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
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 …
Thu., March 19, 2020
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
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
“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
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 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
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
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
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
An inmate in the Spokane County Jail died Friday after law enforcement say he jumped from a guard railing.
Sun., Dec. 1, 2019
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 …
Fri., Nov. 22, 2019
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
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 …
Wed., Oct. 9, 2019
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
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
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
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 officials plan to host two additional public forums to gather feedback as talks continue about the size of the county’s jail facilities.