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Indian Ridge Jail Plans Stymied

Liz Jones
04/09/2007

Snohomish County and the state are struggling to reach an agreement to reopen the Indian Ridge correctional facility. Corrections officials are meeting today to try to hammer out a deal. KUOW's Liz Jones has more.

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STATE OFFICIALS RENEWED INTEREST IN THE SHUTTERED INDIAN RIDGE FACILITY LAST MONTH DUE TO OVERCROWDING IN STATE JAILS. UNDER THE PLAN, THE COUNTY WOULD TRANSFER ITS INMATES TO THE 180-BED JAIL NEAR ARLINGTON, ONCE IT RE-OPENS. THE STATE WOULD THEN RENT THE FREED UP BEDS.

BUT ONE MONTH OF NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN SNOHOMISH COUNTY AND THE STATE HAS NOT PRODUCED A CONTRACT TO RE-OPEN THE JAIL. UNRESOLVED ISSUES INCLUDE WHO WILL PAY FOR THE WORK REQUIRED TO GET THE FACILITY READY AND HIRING STAFF TO OPERATE THE JAIL, ACCORDING TO THE EVERETT HERALD.

THE COUNTY'S DIRECTOR OF CORRECTIONS, STEVE THOMPSON, SAYS HE'S CONCERNED THE SLOW PACE OF THE TALKS MAY MEAN NO DEAL CAN BE ACHIEVED.

WASHINGTON GOVERNOR CHRIS GREGOIRE WANTS ADDITIONAL JAIL BEDS IN THE STATE. THAT'S TO ENSURE THAT EX-CONVICTS RETURNED TO JAIL FOR VIOLATING THE TERMS OF THEIR RELEASE, DO NOT GET OUT EARLY BECAUSE OF OVERCROWDING. THE STATE CAME UNDER FIRE EARLIER THIS YEAR, AFTER REPORTS THAT IT WAS RELEASING PAROLE VIOLATORS DUE TO A LACK OF SPACE. LIZ JONES, KUOW NEWS.

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