Justice Task Force

The Justice Task Force, comprised of government officials, business leaders, public health officials, and leadership from community organizations, will develop recommendations for the Board of County Commissioners regarding the future of the Spokane County Jail. For the past several years Spokane's regional leaders have worked to implement criminal justice initiatives that ensure the safety of our community, the responsible investment of taxpayer dollars, and the just and equitable treatment of all residents. As part of these efforts, local stakeholders and other consultants have made recommendations regarding policies, procedures, and jail capacity. Many of these recommendations have been implemented, or are still underway.

The Justice Task Force is distinct from previous efforts in several important respects:

  1. The Task Force includes a diverse cross-section of our region's leaders and communities, designed to facilitate meaningful dialogue and creative problem solving.
  2. The Task Force meetings are conducted in open, public forums.
  3. The Task Force meetings are grounded in up-to-date quantitative and qualitative data.
  4. Community participation and feedback is central to the process, and will be collected through Town Hall meetings and small group conversations.
  5. Spokane's regional efforts are supported by multiple technical assistance providers at no cost to the City or County.

The MacArthur Foundation, through the Safety & Justice Challenge, is funding technical assistance providers to support Spokane's efforts. The Vera Institute of Justice is providing meeting facilitation assistance, along with research assistance and qualitative data analysis. Meanwhile, the JFA Institute is modeling jail population projections. Together, our technical assistance providers will help ensure that our regional leaders can review and consider all relevant information when making important decisions on behalf of the Community.

Justice Taskforce Members

Organization Member
Bail Project Sabrina Ryan/Angel Tomeo Sam
Budget Office Tonya Wallace (County)
Better Health Together Alison Poulsen
City Council President Ben Stuckart
City of Spokane Valley Cary Driskell (City Attorney)
​Pam Haley (Council Member)
Community Services Kelly Keenan (City)
​Kathleen Torella (County)
Detention Services Mike Sparber (Acting Director)
Downtown Spokane Partnership Mark Richard
Empire Health Foundation Antony Chiang
Frontier Behavioral Health Jan Dobbs
Greater Spokane Incorporated Todd Mielke
Kalispel Tribe Curtis Holmes
Law Enforcement Chief Craig Meidl
​Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich
Law & Justice Administrator Maggie Yates
Lutheran Community Services Erin Williams Hueter
NAACP Spokane Kurtis Robinson
Native Project Toni Lodge
Pioneer Human Services Dan Sigler
Presiding Judges Judge Clarke (Superior)
​Judge Smith (District)
​Judge Staab (Municipal)
Prosecutor Larry Haskell (County)
Providence Hospital Cathy McInroe
Public Defender Tom Krzyminski (County)
​Kathy Knox (City)
Regional Governance Workgroup Theresa Sanders (City Administrator)
​Breean Beggs (City Council)
​Gerry Gemmill (County CEO)
​Mary Kuney (County Commissioner)
Spokane Community Against Racism (SCAR) Curtis Hampton
Spokane Regional Law & Justice Council Al French (Chair)
​Justin Bingham (Vice-chair)
​Carmen Pacheco-Jones (Racial Equity Committee Chair)