Letters to the Editor

Concerned state law change would pack jail

Yes, our county should build a new jail. But should we incur over $100 million of bonded debt for a 521-bed jail so the state Democrats can offload prisoners into our county jails? I believe they would do so by lowering sentencing guidelines by state judges. That is what second substitute House Bill 1885 would do.

Your state judges will just lower the sentencing of car thieves, identity thieves and burglars to under 12 months, which makes them the responsibility of our county. Why legislators have not informed our executive and the public about this is beyond comprehension. Many criminals caught in our county are not long-time residents. If the state intends to offload its felons by reducing sentencing guidelines, the public deserves to know.

Mark Nelson

Bellingham

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