Corrections Reform

Only those who need to be incarcerated should be in our jail.

Pierce County needs to re-evaluate our pre-trial detention requirements to ensure the right people are housed in our jails. Our jail should be reserved for those who are violent, likely to reoffend if released, and pose a flight risk due to the nature of their crimes. People who committed minor, non-violent, one-time offenses, cannot make bail, and post little or no flight risk should not be in our jail. During the pandemic, the county has made efforts to reduce the number of people who are in jail to prevent the pandemic from spreading. If proven successful, we should implement this strategy permanently.

Basic human needs should be provided for those incarcerated

Our jail system actually charges for toothbrushes and toothpaste. The jail also offers dental services. Basic toiletries are a miniscule budget line item and should be paid for by the county. When these people are released, most will be on Medicaid so the public can either pay for toothpaste now, or extraction later.

Provide shelter or services for after-hours releases

Due to state and federal requirements, prisoners from the Pierce County Jail are often released at all hours of the night. This sometimes leads to released prisoners having no place to stay or no means to return home. To protect the public peace and ensure people who have served their time are not sleeping on the streets upon release, the county needs to contract with a shelter to provide services if release times occur between the hours of 6PM and 8AM.