News Sep 8, 2022 at 10:27 am

Holding Fewer People In Jail for Nonviolent Offenses Is a Good Start

We could choose to prosecute nonviolent felonies without locking people up before trial, but we're not. Alexa Pitt



Maybe they could speed up the trials so these felons can be transferred to the Department of Corrections.


Obviously we should have Royal Pardons.

That will work.


A shortage of correction officers at KCCF has not triggered a mental health crisis among the incarcerated. If this was what the Seattle Times reported, it is a lie--though my colleagues tell me you have misinterpreted the Seattle Times piece. The mental health crisis that exists every day on the streets of pseudo liberal--I mean Seattle--is due to Washington being warped and too cheap to hospitalize their mentally ill. "Jail," or if you want to call it "Homeless Shelter," or "Detox" or "Medical Respite" or Club Med, is unfortunately the center of social services for the mentally ill/homeless here in pseudo-liberal--and getting them out of jail quickly isn't always the best thing. What exactly are they releasing to Will? Antiquated, unsafe shelters? The side of the highway? But apparently it makes wealthy pseudo liberals feel better about themselves if they get those poor people homeless people out of jail and back into their comfy tents as soon as possible, so I guess we'll keep having to hear about this sad nonsense until you shut the jail down for good. Meanwhile all the actual causes of why individuals commit suicide in jail will continue like a cheap, endless supply of drugs and apparently no way to stop it, an overwhelmed system, poorly run top heavy non profits that provide nice profits for the incompetent clowns that run them, no housing, a county that doesn't monitor it's contracts, a county Public Health system that promotes "leaders" not based on merit but on how much ass they can suck, a county public health system that has no real understanding of trauma sensitivity, etc. I could go on, but why waste my time. You're not interested in reality and neither is Seattle. The jail is not driving individuals to commit suicide--Seattle is. You are. Accept it.


“As the Seattle Times reported last week, a shortage of corrections officers at King County’s jails triggered a mental health crisis among the incarcerated.”

The shortage of officers was actually attributed to the large number of officers leaving, due to the trauma caused to officers by the increase suicides amongst the prisoners. Only after yet more officers had quit was the decline in the number of officers identified as one of several factors causing a rise in suicides. These included an overall increase in crime, which increased the jail’s population, an increase in the number of patients with mental disorders, suspension of group activities due to COVID, and even divestment of funds after the “defund” debacle. None of those (especially not the last!) passed the Stranger’s strict ideological filters, leaving just the shortage of officers as the sole explanation for the increase in prisoner suicides. This sole reason was then flogged relentlessly to reach the Stranger’s predetermined conclusion.

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