IF APPROVED, SPOKANE COUNTY WOULD ALLOCATE FUNDS FROM THE NEW SALES TAX TO IMPROVE FACILITIES AND PROCESSES AT ALL PHASES OF INMATE DETENTION AND RELEASE, INCLUDING IN CUSTODY, RELEASE AND REENTRY AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM/IMPROVEMENT.
Introduction of case management approach to inmate oversight, with a case manager who will help navigate inmates to appropriate programs, services, community resources, and monitor progress.
Implementation of a risk/needs assessment to provide individualized services.
Broader access to Breaking Barriers, Spokane County’s in-custody programming, with the goal of more successful outcomes upon release.
Implementation of the “Transition from Jail to Community” program
job readiness/job skills (e.g. Associated General Contractors, etc.)
drug & alcohol management
Consolidated and improved kitchen, laundry, property storage, intake and release center, as well as jail court space to accommodate increased capacity.
Additional housing units to securely accommodate inmates based on risk/needs assessments, and improve working conditions and safety for staff and inmates.
Expansion of the booking area to provide adequate space and reduce current Law Enforcement wait time.
RELEASE AND REENTRY
Better support post-release via handoff to community provider organizations.
Create smooth transitions for inmates as they leave jail and enter community programs that offer support.
Improved support post-incarceration made available by community service providers to increase inmates’ chances for success long-term.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFFORM/IMPROVEMENT
Funds will be allocated to improve Spokane County’s criminal justice system, including recommendations from the Blueprint for Reform, Spokane Regional Law and Justice Council and community partners.
WHAT IS SPOKANE COUNTY PROPOSING TO DO WITH ITS SHARE OF THE REVENUE?
SPOKANE COUNTY JAIL FACILITY (DOWNTOWN):
Jail overcrowding require inmates to remain in their cells more frequently.
Fire trucks and ambulances have limited access into the secure portion of the jail.
The booking area is frequently crowded, preventing law enforcement officers from bringing in new inmates until processing space is available.
Inmate laundry, kitchen and property storage are beyond their intended capacity.
GEIGER CORRECTIONS CENTER FACILITY (WEST PLAIN):
Facility heating, cooling, plumbing, and electrical equipment are in disrepair.
The age of equipment and lack of available parts make required maintenance difficult.
Inmates are currently fed in their living spaces instead of the dining hall due to structural and plumbing deficiencies in the building.