1993, the State Legislature charged the county law and justice committee
with the following responsibilities and authorities:
- Develop a local
law and justice plan for Skagit County; design the elements and scope
of the plan, subject to final approval by the Board of County Commissioners.
The general intent of the plans hall include seeking means to maximize
local resources, including personnel and facilities; reduction in duplication
of services; and sharing of resources between local and state government
in order to accomplish local efficiencies without diminishing effectiveness.
- The plan developed
by the law and justice council shall include a section on jail management,
which may include the following elements:
a. A description of current jail conditions, including whether the jail
b. A description of potential alternatives to incarceration;
c. A description of current jail resources;
d. A description of the jail population as it presently exists and how
it is projected to change in the future;
e. A description of projected future resource requirements;
f. A proposed action plan, which shall include recommendations to maximize
resources, maximize the use of intermediate sanctions, minimize overcrowding,
avoid duplication of services, and effectively manage the jail and offender
g. A list of proposed advisory jail standards and methods to effect
periodic quality assurance inspections of the jail;
h. A proposed plan to collect, synthesize, and disseminate technical
information concerning local criminal justice activities, facilities,
i. A description of existing and potential services for offenders, including
employment services, substance abuse treatment, mental health services,
and housing referral services.
- The council may
propose other elements of the plan, which shall be subject to review
and approval by the county legislative authority prior to their inclusion
into the plan.
- The county legislative
authority may request technical assistance in developing or implementing
the plan from other units or agencies of state or local government,
which shall include the Department of Corrections, the Office of Financial
Management, and the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs.
Facilities Planning Retreat
The goal of this retreat was to have brief presentations on various topics
relevant to issues facing the jail and to bring together various law enforcement
and social services entities to discuss a plan for jail expansion over
the next two decades.
April: Corrections Facilities Planning Retreat
The goal of this retreat was to clarify the status of the master plan,
identify options, provide input to recommendations, and to identify criteria
for evaluation of options.
February: Community Planning Retreat for the Community Justice Center
The goal of this retreat was to hold focused discussion groups. Desired
outcomes of these groups were: outline activities for the next 12 month
- what has to be done to take this project to the next level; refine the
case for support; and identify people who can help carry the message.