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On May 13, 2010, King County Executive Dow Constantine proposed providing cities with 150 beds in the King County Jail until 2020. This move, coupled with current and potential contracts that north/east King County cities have with other jurisdictions for jail beds, enabled Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn to recommend ending the process of siting a new regional municipal jail to house misdemeanor offenders. For more information, please visit the King County Web site: www.kingcounty.gov


May 13, 2010 – King County proposes jail contract extension; Seattle proposes ending EIS

On May 13, 2010, King County proposed an extension to cities’ jail contracts through 2020, and that the cities and county launch a regional jail planning and management group that will cooperate on monitoring and meeting the region’s long-term needs for jail capacity. King County’s proposal is based on recent changes that provide an opportunity for the county and cities in north/east King County to meet their jail capacity needs through 2020 with existing facilities. These changes include a decline in inmate population in King County, which frees up jail beds in the county’s facilities, and more contracting options becoming available to cities to meet their needs for jail beds for misdemeanor offenders. These options did not exist when the North/East Cities started planning for a regional municipal jail in 2008. As a result of the county’s proposal, Seattle is recommending to Bellevue, Clyde Hill, Kirkland, Redmond, Shoreline and Yarrow Point that they end the siting process for a new jail in north/east King County. (Seattle was the nominal lead agency for the north and east King County cities conducting the environmental review of potential sites.)

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  • Read the news release: Executive’s proposal to extend jail contract clears way for cities to consider shelving plans for a new municipal jail in north/east King County
  • Read King County’s letter to the NEC cities*
  • Read King County’s letter to SCORE cities*
  • Read Seattle’s letter to NEC cities*
  • Read a summary of the new approach
  • Read the NEC Municipal Jail Planning timeline
  • Watch the video of the announcement
  • Learn more about the SCORE Misdemeanant Jail Project