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Reduce incarceration rates to match rest of world

jails and prisons should be for violent offenders only. The U.S. has 5% of the worlds population and 25% of the world's incarcerated. 1 out of 100 people in the U.S. are in jail. We jail at a rate 7 times greater than countries in Europe. What is wrong with us? If we reduced our prison population/incarceration rate to the world's average, we would save an incredible amount of money. And we might even ...more »

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People with mental health problems should not be in jail

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 ...more »

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Time off for good behavior

The state I was born and raised in offered good time to prisoners on a day to day basis. They would knock 1 day off of a sentence for each day you stayed out of trouble. The time knocked off is still similar to a probationary period, however not only are inmates on good behavior, but that will help taxpayers by not having to house them as long. The "time off for good behavior" is also taken away if the inmate gets ...more »

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Minors being charged as adults

Stop charging minors as adults on thier first offense. This would decrease the amount of money being spent by decreasing what has to be paid to house them longer since adult sentencing on all crimes is a stricter punishment. They are not old enough to live on thier own, buy tobacco products, sign a legal contract, get married or vote so why are they old enough to go to an adult prison and serve the same amount of time ...more »

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privatize the prison system

Allow private industry to bid on the opportunity to take over the prison system and in turn allow them the opportunity to rent out prisoner labor to other industry for manufacturing or service jobs which are in no way in direct contact with the public. As an example, a ficticious company "ProtectCo" wins the bid through competitive process to take over the prison system in WA State. This cost to the State would be less ...more »

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