ACLU in Bellingham to discuss jail reform

A speaker with the American Civil Liberties Union will give a free public talk on reducing incarceration rates on Wednesday, June 10.

ACLU Campaign Policy Director Mark Cooke will talk about his organization’s campaign to end the war on drugs, change mental health policy and make sentencing reforms.

The event is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Bellingham/Whatcom County at a time when the county is weighing how to incorporate new mental health and addiction treatment programs with a new jail.

“Whatcom County faces tough decisions concerning our unsafe, overcrowded jail and need for expanded mental health treatment options. Our League wanted to expand the community’s conversation on punishment, recidivism, and what is best for our society,” League Co-president Jill Bernstein said.

Cooke’s appearance is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Mount Baker Theatre Encore Room, 104 N. Commercial St.

For more information click on “calendar” at lwvbellinghamwhatcom.org.