City Leaders One Step Closer to New Jail Location
SPOKANE, Wash. – Spokane County Commissioners choose the I-90 interchange near Medical lake as the preferred location to build a new jail.
In a meeting Tuesday night, commissioners voted 2 to 1 in favor of ranking the 3 proposed sites. The rankings are as follows:
1.) I-90 Interchange near Medical Lake
2.) Building a new jail tower next to the current jail downtown.
3.) Airway Heights off Russell Road.
Commissioners Todd Mielke and Mark Richard voted in favor of the preferred site which sits just outside Medical Lake city limits off the I-90 Interchange. Commissioner Bonnie Mager voted against it saying she prefers a new jail tower next to the current jail downtown, and to table the vote another year while they re-evaluate the jail locations.
Commissioners also voted on a site for a new Community Corrections facility to be built next to the current jail downtown. This facility would house programs to stop repeat offenders from going back to jail including drug rehabilitation and work crew programs.
The proposed jail bond will go the voters in April of 2011. The new jail is expected to take 3 to 5 years to build. With Geiger Corrections closing in 2013, it is unlikely the new jail would be built in time to house the inmates that will come from Geiger.
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