Will the closure of a jail in Seattle mean that all convicts will be released prematurely?

Thursday, July 23, 2020
By Allegra Taylor

On July 21, King County announced plans to close a jail in downtown Seattle as soon as the coronavirus pandemic is under control.

The county will continue to operate a second, more modern jail in a suburban city. With the downtown closure, the country said it use “a more therapeutic model" to find alternative housing for inmates with specific mental health or medical needs. New programs will reduce the overall need for jail space, although specific details of the plan haven't been released.

Some community members have criticized the plan, predicting higher crime rates as a result. While that remains to be seen, advocates of judicial reform say some states have successfully reduced both incarceration and crime rates.

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