Talk has arisen again about building a new Spokane County jail. A few weeks ago, Commissioner Al French told us he’s working with the city and other community leaders to craft a ballot measure for funding a new facility.
The jail would be one part of the strategy for reforming the county’s criminal justice system. The Regional Law and Justice Council has been working on and monitoring new ideas and programs as a response to a report called “Blueprint for Reform.” It was issued in 2013 by a three-member regional justice commission.
Maggie Yates is the council’s administrator and she joins us to talk about progress made since 2013.