Spokane Jail reaches 'critical' status over Thanksgiving weekend

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by KREM.com & Ashley Korslien

KREM.com

Posted on November 26, 2012 at 7:19 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 26 at 7:22 PM

SPOKANE -- The Spokane County Jail reached “critical” status Sunday, which means the jail had to turn away people with lesser criminal offenses because there was not enough space to house all the inmates.

Lt. Jaymes Hughes said 206 people were booked into the jail from Wednesday, Nov. 21 through Sunday, Nov. 25. Last year, 197 people were booked in the same time period.

The jail reached “critical” status a number of times in 2012. Authorities said on three different occasions, the number of bookings reached upwards of 300. Those weekends were July 18-23 (294 bookings), October 3-8 (276 bookings), February 22-27 (267 bookings).

On an average weekend (Thursday through Saturday), 50 to 60 people are booked.

The Spokane County Courthouse was flooded with people making first appearances Monday. There were so many people, there were not enough seats.

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