SPOKANE, WA. – Spokane city and county leaders hope a review of the community’s criminal justice system can help cut costs and increase efficiency.
City and county officials adopted a memorandum of understanding around criminal justice reforms and detention services in July. The MOU calls for both governments to work together on a larger plan to improve services, savings, and efficiencies. An outline of that plan is due by the end of the month.
The plan calls for an overview of jails, prosecution, public defense, courts, and probation. Administrators are also calling for the creation of a new executive-level position to manage the implementation of the review and project.
To help fund that new position and project, Spokane city officials applied for funding from the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge. That program helps fund projects by local governments.
City and county leaders hope the review leads to a lower recidivism rate and offenders that are better prepared to reintegrate into the community. They also hope they can find enough ways to save money to help offset some costs of a new facility to replace the Geiger Corrections Center.