Treat mental illness OUTSIDE the jails. Spokane's jail is the second largest mental institution in the state according to our Sheriff. Many of these people would not be in jail if they had homes, counseling, and medications. Whatcom county has developed a triage systems for people arrested and doesn't put all people with mental illness in jail. Consider this statewide. I'm sure medications cost a lot less than $130 per day for jail housing.
Idea No. 476