Author Archives: Smart Justice Spokane

ALERT: Make Your Voice Heard!

Right now, County Prosecutor Larry Haskell, Commissioner Al French, and a few other politicians are proposing to dissolve the 23-member Spokane Regional Law and Justice Council (SRLJC) and to replace it with a smaller Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee of 13 positions, currently all held by white men. This eliminates four


SPOKANE – Smart Justice Spokane Coalition is extremely concerned about racial inequities in the recent jail releases during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Spokane County/City officials have failed to take action to address systemic racism in the justice system leaving African Americans, Indigenous, Latinx, and non-English speakers behind as they are rapidly

Local Organizations Request Additional Early Release & Reduced Custody In Spokane County Jail As Public Health Protection During Covid -19 Pandemic

Smart Justice Spokane, ACLU Washington, Columbia Legal Services, Disability Rights WA, The Bail Project and others sent a formal request to Spokane City Officials requesting the following: Immediate Releases are Necessary to Prevent Uncontrollable Outbreak at SCJ Release without bond any individual being held on a low bond; Release without

Spokane County Jail receives an additional $1.75 million from MacArthur Foundation to reduce overcrowding

By Kip Hill Published in The Spokesman Review on April 13, 2016 Excerpt: “Spokane County’s efforts to reduce overcrowding and racial disparities at its aging jail have earned an additional investment of $1.75 million from the MacArthur Foundation. Jacqueline van Wormer, the county’s criminal justice administrator, announced the decision Wednesday afternoon. ‘I think

Spokane receives MacArthur Foundation Safety + Challenge Grant over two years to reduce its jail populations and address racial and ethnic disparities in our justice systems.

Published on on April 13, 2016 Excerpt: “20 DIVERSE COMMUNITIES RECEIVE MACARTHUR SUPPORT TO REDUCE JAIL POPULATIONS, IMPROVE LOCAL JUSTICE SYSTEMS, AND MODEL REFORMS FOR THE NATION Chicago, IL, April 13, 2016 – The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation today announced nearly $25 million in support for

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