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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Jail Plan Gives City Breathing Room

5/13/2010  4:30:00 PM
Kimberly Mills  (206) 684-8602

Seattle City Attorney Peter S. Holmes on Thursday applauded King County Executive Dow Constantine’s proposal to create a regional jail planning group and provide cities with 150 beds in the King County Jail until 2020. The move, coupled with current and potential contracts that northeast King County cities have with other jurisdictions for jail beds, enabled Seattle Mayor McGinn to recommend ending the process of siting a new regional municipal jail to house misdemeanor offenders.

“We must not become complacent but use the additional breathing room to explore new and innovative alternatives to incarcerating misdemeanor offenders,” said Holmes, whose Criminal Division attorneys prosecute misdemeanants in Seattle Municipal Court. “Our long-range goals must be to reduce recidivism rates while keeping Seattle out of the jail-building business with smarter, more efficient policies toward crime.”

While public safety is paramount, Holmes said during the campaign for City Attorney last year, “If we are to avoid the shame of building a new jail while we are closing schools, we need to be aggressive not only with alternatives to incarceration, but with crime prevention as well.”

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