I am writing as a citizen to express my concern that Whatcom County makes a prudent decision about the size of a new county jail. While I recognize that we need a new and larger jail, I worry that a jail larger than necessary could consume precious funds that could go to meet other needs. I also worry that if we have too big a jail, we could unnecessarily incarcerate more people. I call on the County Council to exercise more oversight on the process now ongoing to make decisions in this area. We also need more transparency about the decisions being made.