6/13/2017 Public Hearing “to gather comments on the sizing of a proposed new jail in Whatcom County” / Facebook post, Noisy Waters Northwest

June 8, 2017  Dena Jensen

At the Public Hearing at next week’s County Council Meeting on Tuesday June 13 at 7 p.m. (rally at 6:00 beforehand), it seems our comments on jail bed numbers (the number of people we envision being incarcerated in our county in the future) need to be based on all the best statistical data we have in our private-citizen hands that supports that we now have all the tools at our disposal, and will continue to have more, that will allow a reduction in the number of people we are incarcerating and that we are ready to begin a new age that abandons our failed justice system. Continue reading

Wrong Mix, Wrong Fix / Cascadia Weekly, The Gristle

Wrong mix jailTuesday, June 16, 2015  The Gristle, Cascadia Weekly

County Council continued to hear public comment on the jail proposal last week. They unanimously approved an ordinance to create a task force dedicated to create and enhance programs to help effectively reduce the numbers of inmates jailed primarily due to mental illness or drug dependencies, diverting them into less costly alternatives to jail. […] Continue reading