February 28, 2007
Re: Your criminal justice system at work
UPDATE: The P-I adds more in a story to run Thursday on the policy of early release of felons. The article does not paint a pretty picture of the current state of affairs. Seems reasonable to expect prompt action from the Governor and the Legislature to address the matter...but will that happen?
That's nice, the State didn't provide resources to keep dozens felons in jail where their behavior said they deserved to be. And news coverage indicates the problem will linger:
DOC officials say there is an overflow of convicted felons in nearly all of the 14 facilities the corrections agency contracts with across the state.
"We're reaching critical mass everywhere," Ramsdell-Gilkey said. "What we did Friday will only help us for a few days. We have got to learn how to deal with this violator population without using confinement as our only option."
But the Legislature seems willing to commit us to expensive obligations we can't keep, like providing subsidized healthcare to kids living in households above the median income in 37 of the state's 39 counties, the majority of which already have private coverage.
Needless to say, I think people will be watching to see where the Legislature puts its priorities the rest of this session based on recent news.
Posted by Eric Earling at February 28, 2007
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1. Oh, I feel so much safer now in Simsville.
2. Ramsdell-Gilkey and the legislature need to know that the public is reaching "critical mass", too. Meltdown coming, probably sooner than later. Maybe they don't realize their actions are simply going to force most folks to exercise their Second Ammendment rights and buy a gun because our elected officials refuse to provide for public safety.
3. Eric, like I said in the original post this one responds to, this could be the beginning of the R's platform and they could add to it to create a "contract with Washington". If they were to take the lead and propose spending cuts on the D's pet projects and allocate the cuts to go to building more prisons they could carry this issue into the 2008 election. I say this, because the D's will never let their pet projects get cut, but if the R's would wake up and realize that all they need to do for now is to start talking about how they would change this, and other things in Washington, they could have some serious momentum going into 2008. Then if they follow through after the election and make good that momentum could carry into the years to come.
quietly, consistently, regularly, many have collected paychecks & retired over the past years.
so--any results? improvments? performance? don't get me wrong--i support law enforcement and crim. just. systems.
however, like any consumer, i like things that WORK. so--who is to blame? who dropped the ball over time? who ignored the yearly or occais. warnings? and all this time nobody suggested changes? nobody spoke up? hmmm....
like a flight control tower guy asleep at the screen. not many to blame.
5. Build more prisons!
Over crowding at the Department of Corrections Jails? Problem solved! All we have to do is take some lessons from Sheriff Joe, Maricopa County, Arizona. They get bologna sandwiches 365 days a year and get to wear pink underware and are told daily that once they are out of there that if they commit more crimes that they will get more of the same.
We could do the same thing here and for heat use the heaters like they use in the orchards and tell them if they mess them up that they won't get a replacement.
Sheriff Joe's Tent City
Re-elect Sheriff Joe
America's Toughest Sheriff
7. The legislature is too busy with emergency issues like protecting union jobs and making sure your dog can eat in a restuarant to be bothered by these silly ideas.
8. Eric, in your update you note that the state of affairs is far worse than we thought, as pointed out in the PI, and the Governor should be expected to take prompt action. I say the Governor, being the former State Attorney General, should have already been aware of the situation and should have never let it get this bad.
To: Chris Gregoire,
Check with Sheriff Joe.....
Out-of-State prison space sought for Washington inmates
Space is being sought in prisons outside Washington state for inmates still serving sentences to make room for felons accused of violating the terms of their release from custody, officials said.
The effort began Wednesday after Gov. Chris Gregoire ordered the Department of Corrections to stop freeing felons commonly known as parole violators to relieve overcrowding in prisons and jails.
"I will not accept (lace of) bed space as a reason for conditional release," Gregoire wrote in a worded letter to Corrections Secretary Harold W. Clarke. "The department will find space."
10. I say if The Governor is looking for out of state prisons then look no further than the southern border states. We could send all the illegals we have in the prisons (that should empty them immensely) and have them, as stated earlier, sent to Sheriff Joe type camps in the desert. During the day they could take the illegals to the border area and on a chain gang have them build the wall for us. Remember, illegals are only here to do the jobs Americans won't do.
You are right! There are so many more imortant issues:
save the animals (whales, seals, dogs, cats, homeless, and liberals, etc...)
War in Iraq
no wonder nothing ever gets done.
Michelle @ 5
Build more prisons!
I think what you really mean is "Raise my taxes". New prisons sure come cheap these days.
Now, let me get this straight. We let out these bad actors. OK.
And who just went to jail?
In Whitman County today, there were two hearings. First guy, threatened to kill someone. Bail $2500.
Case #2 A child support case, where the Dad had his kids hidden and alienated from him. Still in the pokey, with bail of $34,000.00
Yup, thrity-four frickin' thousand dollars.
Boy, do I feel safer with those criminals on the street than this guy.
We do not have to raise more taxes to build more prisons. All we have to do is cut out all the liberal social programs to the illegals (who shouldn't be getting them anyway) and we would have plenty of money to build more prisons. Not to mention there is a budget surplus that could go a long way to building at least one new prison.