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Wow!  Check out this County in Oregon!  While Whatcom County could easily have been the leader in justice reform, we just got ACE’s by Multnomah!  Whatcom County could learn from them!  And there is more to do, if the County will stop pretending that they need to build a jail – a public safety building...

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What happens to people when they get arrested? Most people don’t know because no-one really wants to talk about it. Why not? Joy Gilfilen, President of the Restorative Community Coalition, did a quest to find out.  It is disturbing to the soul. People who get arrested go through dramatic arrest shock and jail trauma before...

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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...

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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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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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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...

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