Spokane Co. Jail officials: Furloughs not easily granted

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by WHITNEY WARD & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on April 30, 2014 at 10:58 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 30 at 10:58 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.--The man Spokane police shot on Tuesday was granted a one-week furlough from jail before a sentencing in 2005 to get married. He did not report back to jail when he was supposed to.

On Wednesday, 2 on Your Side looked into how often that happens and found there had been several high profile furlough mishaps in Spokane over the years. The mishaps include the one with murder suspect Jeremy Arnold.

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The Spokane County Jail told KREM 2 News that furloughs do not happen as much as they once did. Jail officials said almost the only reason that a furlough would be granted was if an inmate’s family member had died or was dying. They added that the inmate could to a funeral or a hospital in that instance to say a final goodbye.

Officials added the family would likely have to pay for at least two officers to escort the inmate and those escorts would have to stay with them at all times.

Any inmate deemed high-risk would likely have their furlough request denied, even in the case of a death in the family, according to officials. They said there was no set protocol for granting a furlough. Each instance is weighed individually and a judge makes the final decision, according to officials.

KREM 2 on Your Side found out there were no inmates currently on furlough in Spokane County on Wednesday.
   
Jail officials said while Arnold was granted a furlough to get married, that would likely never happen in 2014. They added that if someone wanted to get married they would have to first get approval from the prosecutor’s office. They added the ceremony would usually happen in the jail with the inmate still behind bars.
 

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