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The immediate and then compound ripple effects that come from just an arrest process, then a jailing process are serious and last a lifetime. All this happens before a court is even involved or a person is charged with a crime. The immediate and then compound ripple effects that come from just an arrest process,...

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Our September Newsletter is all about local events of immediate interest:

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September 19, 2018! .This was the first debate held about the Prosecutor’s position in decades! The incumbent prosecutor retired and had held the position virtually without competition for 44 years! As a result, this was a powerful educational opportunity for the public to learn how two different professionals would approach the position and do their...

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3-Step Civic Strategy: Emotional Resilience Tools After an arrest, an individual is thrown into an accelerated pattern of self-destructive emotional chaos.  This arrest shock overwhelms their reasoning and coping skills. They experience acute emotional trauma such as shame, guilt, fear, sorrow, and then feelings of abandonment, betrayal, and isolation.  Their world turns upside down as their...

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MISMANAGEMENT = SYSTEMIC PATTERNS OF POVERTY After analyzing data about Whatcom County’s Justice system for the Incarceration Prevention and Reduction Task Force, dated November 2017, the Vera Institute of Justice published a report that identified “the following factors contributing to jail overuse in Whatcom County: Most admissions (62%) into the jail had non-felony charges as...

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What are the “true costs” of incarceration? It’s complicated. It’s ultimately a contrarian lose/lose/lose game. People try to simplify the question of the growth of mass incarceration as a Good Guy vs. Bad Guy problem.  Or as a good vs. evil problem.  Or as a safety problem, like how we used the Sheriff out west...

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Link to Vera.org Statement on Nationwide Prison StrikeNewsroom / Press Release August 21, 2018 NEW YORK, NY – Today, incarcerated men and women in prisons across 17 states began a  19 day strike to draw attention to the poor conditions they face and to demand change for all those who live and work in prisons across the country. Nicholas...

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Noble Cause Corruption ReportThis Noble Cause Corruption report is large – 196 pages.  It is loaded here in three different PDF files since the files were cumbersome to email and download.  There are many items of evidence and graphics inside the three Red, White and Yellow flaggeds Addendums 1-2-3. This report was compiled and written...

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Guest Opinion – Lynden Tribune – 01/25-2012The Restorative Community Coalition has been working to get Washington State Department of Corrections to release people who have served their time with a legal identification when they leave prison.  Today, they still leave with an prison badge, and are expected to cash  their $40 release check with that...

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In 2010, our Coalition hosted the Visionary Community Opportunities Conference to discover what the problems were that our community was facing with incarceration.  What were the problems we had, since the County had produced a vision to build a huge replace jail.  It was like they were speculating on jail industry growth from the current...

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The Fiscally-Responsible Alternative: Renovate the Existing County Jail https://nwcitizen.com/entry/repair-the-jail/writer/2964 By Juliette Daniels • On Jul 08, 2017 Analysis of the County Executive’s Proposal against Repair of the Existing Jail The Fiscally-Responsible Alternative: Renovate the Existing County Jail A scant majority of County and City Council members currently support compelling voters to a second vote (in...

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IPR PTF Phase III Interim Report        

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Implement Local Justice Reform Now It’s a better solution for taxpayers – Find Out Why! After 8 years of research, our Coalition finally realized that the private prison industrial complex has filtered down to dominate the business of local jails as well. We figured out that if we want to reverse mass incarceration nationally, the...

On November 5th, we went and sent a letter to Prosecutor McEachran, WA State Attorney General Bob Ferguson and the WA State Public Disclosure Commission asking for a Special Prosecutor be assigned to investigate the many election law violations in promotion of Prop 2017-1. Our request references multiple WA State codes that the Prosecutor take...

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