Handcuffs hang from a rack at Whatcom County Jail on Tuesday, July 21, 2015, in Bellingham. The jail measure goes before the voters Nov. 7.
Handcuffs hang from a rack at Whatcom County Jail on Tuesday, July 21, 2015, in Bellingham. The jail measure goes before the voters Nov. 7. Evan Abell eabell@bhamherald.com
Handcuffs hang from a rack at Whatcom County Jail on Tuesday, July 21, 2015, in Bellingham. The jail measure goes before the voters Nov. 7. Evan Abell eabell@bhamherald.com

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