SPOKANECOUNTY -- The Spokane County Commissioners have decided on Medical Lake as the new site for the jail.
The suggested site will now go to the voters in the form of a bond.
There werethree options being considered. Those sites include downtown near the existing jail, in Airway Heights near the state prison, and in Medical Lake near Interstate 90.
The Spokane County Sheriff says there is a big difference in price between the ones on the West Plains and the one downtown. That s because the downtown spot would have to be built all at once in a tower, the other two could be built in phases as needed.
The county says it needs a new jail because its lease on Geiger Correctional Facility runs out in a few years. After that, all those inmates have to go somewhere else. And even though the jail population is down at the county jail, the sheriff says it s not enough to be able to house the Geiger inmates.