NO NEW JAIL TAX CAMPAIGN
Great news: the No New Jail Tax Campaign is up and running! We have brought on two experienced campaigners, Andrew Eckels to run a robust program talking to voters at their doors and Genevieve Jones to handle communications. You can engage by calling or emailing Andrew to sign up for canvassing shifts: 206 272 0154 Andrew.Eckels@gmail.com.
You can also follow the campaign on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NoNewJailTax/
We are reaching out to voters to make sure they know that if we want prevention and treatment, to vote no on Prop 2017-6, the New Jail Tax
- If we build it, they will fill it. There’s nothing to stop the county from leasing space to federal agencies like ICE.
- The mentally ill do not get better in jail and in fact, once they enter jail their access to their health services is cut-off and hard to sign up for once they leave jail.
What is our Plan B when we defeat the jail tax? The Design2Last Engineering firm reported that the downtown jail is in fair to good condition, is structurally sound but simply hasn’t been maintained and provided ideas for building the much-needed new sheriff’s offices to the north or south of the downtown jail, and reusing the existing office for space for incarcerated women.
Is it true this new jail tax is the humane approach and that the mentally ill will be well-served by a new jail? As it turns out, these are the same arguments jail proponents use all across the US! Check out this national website that debunks those claims: http://curbprisonspending.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/CA-Jail-Myth-Talking-Points-20131.pdf
This year the Vera Institute said in looking at our jail, “Any attempt to ease overcrowding by building a new facility or expanding the current one will not address the underlying causes of [jail] population growth, and the new facility will quickly become overcrowded. Criminal justice and community stakeholders must work together to achieve a safe, sustainable, and fair justice system.” [report to Whatcom County from Vera Institute of Justice, 7/7/17]