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Two discussions this week on Pierce County Jail issues

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on March 17, 2008 at 4:30 pm with No Comments »
March 17, 2008 4:30 pm

We’ve been covering the ongoing issue of overcrowding at the Pierce County Jail.

They’ll be two meetings surrounding aspects of that issue this week.

First, the Pierce County Council’s Public Safety and Human Services committee will discuss alternatives to jail at its meeting Tuesday. Those alternatives include drug court, drug treatment, electric home monitoring, day reporting, probation, work crews and others.

The meeting begins at 10:00 a.m. in the Pierce County Council Chambers, 930 Tacoma Ave. S., Room 1045.

The second meeting is Thursday at 6 p.m. at The Evergreen State College Tacoma Great Room, 1210 Sixth Avenue, Tacoma.

Several community groups are hosting this forum to raise awareness of the “increasing problems surrounding the Pierce County Jail,” a press release states.

Speakers include Pierce County Prosecutor Gerry Horne, Sheriff Paul Pastor, Superior Court Presiding Judge Tom Larkin, Municipal Court Presiding Judge David Ladenburg and Tacoma Police Chief Don Ramsdell.

Questions also will be taken.

The forum has gotten broad sponsorship from all of the city’s neighborhood councils, the Hilltop Action Coalition, City Club of Tacoma and the B.I.A.

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