News Seattle May Build Jail with Eastside Cities
posted by July 11 at 17:12 PMon
Earlier this week, the city announced that it is pursuing a joint venture with several Eastside cities to build a new jail for misdemeanor offenders.
In 2012, cities in King County will have to provide their own space for misdemeanents—because of expected population increases in the jail system—currently housed in the county’s jails.
Because of the impending deadline, in May, Seattle announced four potential locations in the city—in West Seattle, Haller Lake, and Interbay—to build a new, seven-acre jail. Neighbors flipped out about having a jail in their backyards, and city officials have been scrambling to find other options.
According to the preliminary results from a feasibility study, the city may end up building a jail with cities like Bellevue, Issaquah, Kirkland, and Shoreline, rather than go it alone. Current population projections estimate that the cities would need 640 beds over the next 20 years, and the city has not said where the joint venture jail might be located.
While it’s possible the city will join in the construction of a regional facility, it is still holding meetings about the four previously announced in-city jail sites.
Tomorrow’s meeting—on the Aurora Avenue site—will go from 9:00 a.m. to noon at North Seattle Community College.
The city’s complete feasibility study should be released later this month.