Spokane County Jail Goes To Critical Status - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Spokane County Jail Goes To Critical Status

NEWS RELEASE FROM THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE: With a noon population count of 665 inmates, the Spokane County Jail was put on "Critical Status" Tuesday and new book-ins were limited to primarily major crimes, probation holds or misdemeanor offenses with mandatory custodial arrests.

Lt. Aaron Anderton said the jail goes to critical status any time the inmate population climbs above 650. He said the jail has been above 650 since Sunday, even after 24 inmates were shifted to Geiger Corrections Center over the weekend.

The jail was originally built to house 462 inmates, and even with modifications, any number over 600 is considered overcrowded. Geiger Tuesday held another 168 inmates for a total in-custody population of 833.    

With Tuesday's "critical status" designation, bookings were limited to –

  • All felony charges, either new or by warrant
  • All probation violations, Dept. of Corrections or US Marshal Holds
  • Legislatively-mandated bookings for domestic violence charges or warrants
  • All domestic violence or domestic violence-related warrants
  • All new Driving while Under the Influence arrests
  • All DUI warrants, including those with bonds
  • Warrants prohibiting release on own recognizance

 No other misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor charges will be booked without a supervisor from the arresting agency contacting the Jail Shift Sergeant to request an exception, he said.

FACEBOOK REACTION:

Sabrina Jones Sandefur: Not sure they should make this public info!! I mean, if I was a criminal, now is the time to be awful and not get jail time!

Terri Huysman Oh sure let they go do the crimes. but don't have to the time. Make since to me

Anthony Wallace Why not set up a tent city, Arpaio style, at the BMX track?

Carolyn Underhill What I think is that it may not be the best thing to announce!

Adam Bradley Maybe if they prioritized who they jailed in the first place this wouldn't be a problem.

Nicole Bambino i kind of agree with sabrina on this one. scary!

Ginger Hardwick Holliday Citizens, arm yourselves. *shrug*

Kymberly Skiver When is the law gonna figure out the system of jailing nonviolent criminals isn't working and hasn't for eons and actually try something different that makes sense while leaving room for violent criminals?

Charmaine Dauterman This happens all the time.

Jacqueline Hayward How is our jail full- I thought the police in Spokane just shot ppl when they broke the law. Hmm

Gerrad Blomstrom does this mean that it gives people the right to commit crimes and not go to jail?

Deanna Fry They always have room for one more. Dont let them fool anyone

Kymberly Skiver quit coddling violent inmates. Bring back the chain gang, bread n water 3 times a day and I bet you would see a reduction in crime in no time :P just sayin....

Chuck Smailliw Here's a novel idea legalize and tax marijuana and let out all of the non violent pot smokers that should bring the count down to 300 inmates, at the same the taxes from it could be used to help cure the budget crises

 

 

 

 

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