Campaign: Economic Development

More communtiy service/less jail time for nonviolent offenders.

I suggest offenders of nonviolent and less serious crimes are given a choice of massive amounts of community service or a larger sentence/fines. The less people we have in jail means less tax money. The more people we have working on community projects means a healthier community. Basically it’s counterproductive to have someone just sit in a jail cell for selling pot, while they could be heavily engaged in helping ...more »

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Campaign: Effective Government

Death row inmates

Streamline the process for Death row inmates who have been found guilty. 10 plus years on death row on tax payers money. This process should take no more than 2 years.

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Campaign: Public Safety

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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Campaign: Public Safety

Drug addiction is public health issue

Drug addiction and alcohol addiction are public health issues and these people should not be in jail at a cost of $130 a day or $47000 per year. Let's fund public health instead.

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Campaign: Public Safety

Give State Peace Officer Authority to Select Federal Law Enforcement Agencies

Currently WA St law does not give any state authority to federal law enforcement officers. As the law is currently written a county sheriff has the decision in whether they want to deputize/commission a federal law enforcement officer which basically gives them authority to enforce state and county laws within that county. Without this extra authority a federal officer can only enforce federal laws on federal lands, with ...more »

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Campaign: Economic Development

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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Campaign: Economic Development

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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