Group members and group leaders gathered for a march in Spokane Tuesday night time to protest the deaths of inmates on the Spokane County Jail.
Within the final 14 months, eight inmates have died. The newest dying was August 25.
Organizers referred to as the group march “Not One Extra,” to inform city leaders that another dying at the jail won’t be tolerated. The march befell from the Salem Lutheran Church to the Spokane County Courthouse.
“We needed the group to step up and acknowledge that is occurring and that we need to be within the strategy of holding the system accountable,” stated Carmen Pacheco-Jones, one of many occasion’s organizers.
It’s a problem that hits close to residence for Angel Sam, one other organizer of the night time’s march.
“I’ve relations and shut buddies who’ve handed away in the Spokane County Jail,” she stated.
She says she understands the ache of dropping a liked one in jail, and it’s time to make a change.
“One thing needs to happen all the best way around. A totally holistic strategy, where it’s the group worrying, enough to let the powers that be, the methods know that issues need to vary,” Sam stated.
Organizers feel that change wants to return within the form of compassion.
“We’re not assessing blame on anybody particular person, we’re asking to try the insurance policies, take a look at how we are viewing individuals once they come into jail,” stated Pacheco-Jones.
Sam and Pacheco-Jones understand how the inmates really feel, as a result of they was in their footwear. Each are recovered addicts who’ve felt the wrestle of detoxing alone in a jail cell.
“I laid on that on that flooring, I laid on that bed, I detoxed from heroin a number of occasions. I felt not solely the influence… the disconnect from my group and society, but I additionally felt the dehumanizing impression, the shortage of empathy and compassion,” Pacheco-Jones stated.
County commissioners say they hear their voices.
“The rationale for their march is identical purpose why we now have been striving on the fee to enact some reforms in our jail,” stated Commissioner Josh Kerns
Those modifications embrace arming officers with rescue hooks, removing bed sheets from the cells, and providing a drug that helps inmates cope with the symptoms of drug withdrawal. The county can also be waiting on the results of an analysis from a suicide prevention skilled.
Kerns does disagree, although, that there’s a lack of empathy contained in the jail. He says insurance policies have to be in place to protect both the inmates and corrections officers.