County Commissioners Assume Control of Detention Facilities - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

County Commissioners Assume Control of Detention Facilities

***Press release from Spokane County Sheriff's Office***
 
SPOKANE COUNTY, February 27, 2013 – This afternoon, the Spokane County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to take over operation of the county's detention facilities (Spokane County Jail and Geiger Corrections Center), effective June 1, 2013.  The change in management was first proposed by Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich.  In May 2012, Sheriff Knezovich approached the County Commissioners with a proposal to restructure the Criminal Justice System by having the County Commissioners operate the County's Detention Services Division. 
 
The Sheriff's proposal called for the formation of a Detention Services Policy Board which would set the policy direction of the Detention Services for the community, similar to the Emergency Communications Board currently overseen by the County Commissioners.  The board would be comprised of representatives from municipal, county, judicial and law enforcement entities within Spokane County.
 
County Commissioner Al French said today's decision will make it easier to complete a comprehensive overhaul of the criminal justice system.  "We have had a seriously fragmented system between the county, cities, state corrections, elected officials, and labor organizations.  With approximately 70-percent of the county's $140-million general fund budget dedicated to law enforcement and criminal justice – we (the Board of County Commissioners) believe that having more control over how those funds are spent will encourage cooperation," French said.
 
Commissioner Todd Mielke stated, "I agree with the Sheriff's proposal and this is consistent with what we see in Yakima, Chelan and King Counties.  We need to have a financially sustainable criminal justice system that appropriately administers justice, reduces recidivism, and is sensitive to victim's rights.  It simply doesn't make sense for one set of elected officials to be responsible for the budgeting of these programs, and a separate elected official responsible for the day-to-day operations."
 
Commissioner Shelly O'Quinn said that today's board action is a positive step.  "The entire community is coming together to discuss the criminal justice system.  The trend nationwide is to institute reforms and alternatives to incarceration.  For example, pre-trial services, early case resolution, and therapeutic courts have already been implemented in Spokane County and are proving to be successful.  However, we think more can be done and Spokane County will continue to lead that effort," O'Quinn said.
 
Following this afternoon's vote Sheriff Knezovich said, "It is time to rethink how we deliver services to the community and to ensure all of the partners have an equal voice in these discussions.  Jail issues are a critical portion of the criminal justice system and one our community has been struggling with since 1995 when the Spokane County Jail was first identified as being overcrowded.  I hope that this change in administration will finally get all of the stakeholders involved and at the table to solve this issue for our community."
 
The Board action will also eliminate the dual leadership issues which arise from the finances of Detention Services being directed by the Board of County Commissioners and the operational direction being set by the Sheriff.  The current system makes it difficult for either branch of government to map out a cohesive vision for operation of the Spokane County Jail and Geiger Corrections Center.
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Head-on crash kills 1, injures 8, when driver attempts to pass slow-moving vehicle on Hwy 95

    Head-on crash kills 1, injures 8, when driver attempts to pass slow-moving vehicle on Hwy 95

    Thursday, November 23 2017 4:01 PM EST2017-11-23 21:01:52 GMT

    SAGLE, Idaho - A fatal and serious injury head-on crash has killed one man and injured eight others, including five children, who all had to be transported to Kootenai Health. The crash occurred on Wednesday, November 22, the day before Thanksgiving, on Highway 95 at milepost 466.5, two miles south of Sagle, Idaho.

    >>

    SAGLE, Idaho - A fatal and serious injury head-on crash has killed one man and injured eight others, including five children, who all had to be transported to Kootenai Health. The crash occurred on Wednesday, November 22, the day before Thanksgiving, on Highway 95 at milepost 466.5, two miles south of Sagle, Idaho.

    >>
  • Cops: Naked drunken man drives into tree while having sex near Tacoma

    Cops: Naked drunken man drives into tree while having sex near Tacoma

    Friday, November 24 2017 1:42 PM EST2017-11-24 18:42:08 GMT

    LA GRANDE, Wash. - Authorities say a man who was drunk, naked and having sex with a woman while driving south of Tacoma missed a curve and struck a tree. Washington State Patrol spokeswoman Brooke Bova says the crash happened at about 6 p.m. Wednesday on Mountain Highway East near La Grande. 

    >>

    LA GRANDE, Wash. - Authorities say a man who was drunk, naked and having sex with a woman while driving south of Tacoma missed a curve and struck a tree. Washington State Patrol spokeswoman Brooke Bova says the crash happened at about 6 p.m. Wednesday on Mountain Highway East near La Grande. 

    >>
  • Baltimore cop killed one day before scheduled testimony against colleagues

    Baltimore cop killed one day before scheduled testimony against colleagues

    Thursday, November 23 2017 12:16 PM EST2017-11-23 17:16:42 GMT

    BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore's police commissioner says a detective killed last week was slain a day before he was set to testify in a corruption probe into activities of indicted police officers.   Commissioner Kevin Davis announced the revelation Wednesday, a week after the detective was shot in the head in a vacant lot. Rumors have been running rampant in Baltimore about the unsolved case.

    >>

    BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore's police commissioner says a detective killed last week was slain a day before he was set to testify in a corruption probe into activities of indicted police officers.   Commissioner Kevin Davis announced the revelation Wednesday, a week after the detective was shot in the head in a vacant lot. Rumors have been running rampant in Baltimore about the unsolved case.

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Trump calls for wall, travel ban after attack

    Trump calls for wall, travel ban after attack

    Friday, November 24 2017 3:18 PM EST2017-11-24 20:18:01 GMT

    PALM BEACH, Fla. - President Donald Trump says he will be calling his Egyptian counterpart "in a short while" to discuss Friday's "tragic terrorist attack, with so much loss of life."  At least 235 people were killed Friday when militants attacked a crowded mosque during prayers in the Sinai Peninsula, setting off explosives and spraying worshippers with gunfire.

    >>

    PALM BEACH, Fla. - President Donald Trump says he will be calling his Egyptian counterpart "in a short while" to discuss Friday's "tragic terrorist attack, with so much loss of life."  At least 235 people were killed Friday when militants attacked a crowded mosque during prayers in the Sinai Peninsula, setting off explosives and spraying worshippers with gunfire.

    >>
  • Cops: Naked drunken man drives into tree while having sex near Tacoma

    Cops: Naked drunken man drives into tree while having sex near Tacoma

    Friday, November 24 2017 1:42 PM EST2017-11-24 18:42:08 GMT

    LA GRANDE, Wash. - Authorities say a man who was drunk, naked and having sex with a woman while driving south of Tacoma missed a curve and struck a tree. Washington State Patrol spokeswoman Brooke Bova says the crash happened at about 6 p.m. Wednesday on Mountain Highway East near La Grande. 

    >>

    LA GRANDE, Wash. - Authorities say a man who was drunk, naked and having sex with a woman while driving south of Tacoma missed a curve and struck a tree. Washington State Patrol spokeswoman Brooke Bova says the crash happened at about 6 p.m. Wednesday on Mountain Highway East near La Grande. 

    >>
  • London police: no evidence of shots fired at Oxford Circus

    London police: no evidence of shots fired at Oxford Circus

    Friday, November 24 2017 12:58 PM EST2017-11-24 17:58:13 GMT

    LONDON - British police say they have found no evidence of any shots being fired after reports of gunfire sparked panic in the heart of London.    Police descended on the area around Oxford Circus, one of London's busiest subway stations, after reports of shots being fired. Thousands of people ran in panic or took shelter in stores along busy Oxford Street. 

    >>

    LONDON - British police say they have found no evidence of any shots being fired after reports of gunfire sparked panic in the heart of London.    Police descended on the area around Oxford Circus, one of London's busiest subway stations, after reports of shots being fired. Thousands of people ran in panic or took shelter in stores along busy Oxford Street. 

    >>