King County jail ‘crisis’ prompts joint request for release of non-violent offenders

A coalition of public defenders and corrections officers are demanding that the county take immediate action to relieve a short-staffed jail system overburdened with COVID cases.

King County Corrections Guild calls for two-week shutdown of jail operations

In a letter addressed to Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell and executive Dow Constantine among other elected officials, King County Corrections Officers Guild and SEIU 925 Department of Public Defense Chapter jointly detailed “an imminent and ongoing crisis occurring in our county’s jails” brought on by roughly one third of jail populations in Seattle and Kent being placed under COVID protocols.

The letter claims that of the 1,363 adults held in King County

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