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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.
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 »
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 »
Repeal three strkes you are out. It is too expensive, as well as being too punitive, to keep people in prison for life for low level felonies.
Do not jail people for traffic offenses and traffic warrants. Most states do not do this. Besides creating a "debtor prison" every day people are in jail costs $129 per day in our county.