The linked website above (https://www.whatcom-county-jail.com/) is the focus of a bi-partisan concerted effort to defeat the latest attempt to cram not only another tax down our throats, but a massive expansion of the local jailing industry (yes, that’s what it has become) that looks more to me like an expansion of the prison industrial complex.
Please visit the linked website above and inform yourself on what’s happening and why we oppose Prop 2017-6.
We do need to replace the aging jail, but the current plan is not the way to go about it.
Please read the Vera Institute report on the jail project. To summarize the report, here is their conclusion:
Through interagency collaboration and coordination, Whatcom County must address the systemic drivers of jail population growth. This is the only effective means of controlling jail growth. Any attempt to ease overcrowding by building a new facility or expanding the current one will not address the underlying causes of population growth, and the new facility will quickly become overcrowded. Criminal justice and community stakeholders must work together to achieve a safe, sustainable, and fair justice system.”