After a nationwide search for a new director to run Spokane County’s jail facilities, the county commissioners on Tuesday appointed a corrections official who has worked in the department for more than three decades.
The Overuse of Jails Hurts Our Communities
The primary purpose of jails is to detain those awaiting trial who are a danger to public safety or a flight risk. Jailing someone who is neither results in huge costs for families and communities—particularly communities of color—including lost income, parents separated from their children, untreated mental health and substance abuse problems, a greater risk of re-offending, and wasted taxpayer dollars.
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Taking stock of the open-source podcast 70 Million and its impact as season two launches 70 million adults in the United States have a criminal record. That’s one in every 3.5. Although I’m not among them, these 70 million have become a