HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 4412
State of Washington 57th Legislature 2001 Regular Session
By Representatives Alexander and Murray
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WHEREAS, Changes in sentencing, criminal laws, and community corrections have increased the number of inmates and the length of time served in local jails; and
WHEREAS, Public health and safety depends on having sufficient space in jails for persons who constitute a danger to society, have violated parole, or who otherwise legally should be in jail but are not due to a lack of available space; and
WHEREAS, There is a need for additional bed space for violent offenders; and
WHEREAS, Many jails will need to be replaced or remodeled over the next ten to twenty years; and
WHEREAS, Local governments need financial assistance in constructing new jails or making improvements to existing jails; and
WHEREAS, The Legislature periodically has provided assistance to local governments in the past to build or renovate jails;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, By the House of Representatives of the state of Washington, the Senate concurring, That a joint select committee on local jail facility is established to review alternatives to address capacity needs through local jails and regional jails, review funding options to address construction of new facilities and modernization of outdated and decaying jails, and review funding options for the cost of operating jail facilities; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the committee consist of twelve members, six members each selected by the Co-Speakers of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate and that the committee be represented by two members each from the House Capital Budget Committee, House Appropriations Committee, and House Local Government Committee, four members from the Senate Ways and Means Committee, and two members from the Senate State and Local Government Committee; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the committee report its findings and recommendations to the Legislature at the regular session held in 2002.
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