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Speaking generally, prisons take and hold inmates while jails—if run properly—take and release them. A jail is a county or city facility to house—on a short-term basis—misdemeanant offenders, felony offenders serving short terms, felony offenders awaiting transfer to a state prison for long-term sentences and indigent pretrial defendants who are unable to make bail. A...

This is the letter we sent to the Washington State Attorney General asking for a special investigator. Download The PDF Here

The Restorative Community Coalition looks out for everyone. Most recently we are looking out for our members and allies whose image & copyrighted materials were co-opted for the Pro-Jail Tax movement. On October 24th, 2017 and image of a 2015 Anti-Jail Tax Rally was posted to the Whatcom Jail Facebook page with alterations depicting those...

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Re:  Stop Whatcom County Jail MisManagement – Fix the Jail Now! By Joy Gilfilen, submitted to Whatcom County Council and Bellingham City Council 07-02-2017 Whatcom County’s self-proclaimed decade of expanding jail problems and constant crisis about overcrowding, accompanied by no self-correction, is defacto proof of “mismanagement.”  It’s time to stop. Stop Crisis MisManagement* – No...

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This 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 by Joy Gilfilen,...

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Discover why Whatcom County is A Pioneer in jail reform. Our Community refuses to endorse mass incarceration, because privateering is the business model that underlays it. It creates A profiteering motive that undercuts the local economy, harms citizens and their families, consumes taxpayer dollars and creates poverty. This is born out by statistics and deep...

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06/21/2017 To:       Whatcom County Council and Council Members for the Lummi and Nooksack Nations Council Members from Bellingham, Ferndale, Lynden, Nooksack, Everson, Blaine, Sumas From:  Joy Gilfilen, President Restorative Community Coalition RE: Please pass a vote of No Confidence – Urgent Call to Action to Fix the Jail Council members, our Whatcom County Charter...

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Our Coalition was founded in 2006 to help hundreds of clients restore their standing with their families after an arrest and jailing. ~Costs of incarceration for ONE PERSON a year in Washington State is:   $51,775!!! And rising! Our Coalition has shown that instead, just educating someone at $1500 to help get them back into the workforce, turns the...

2015 Taxpayers Report: Start Rebuilding Community The Coalition just produced after 10 years of research this document for the benefit of Whatcom County taxpayers to understand the complexity of the issue around building this large jail. Here is an excerpt from our opening page. Economic Alternatives = Opportunities for Taxpayers With over 25% of the...

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