I’m concerned with Gov. Jay Inslee wanting to spend more taxpayer funds on prisons in his proposed budget (TNT, 12-19).
Apparently the state is projecting more inmates than previously expected. While overcrowding is certainly something to be concerned with, perhaps the solution is not to make more space for more inmates.
Our violent crime rate is 2.96 per 1,000 (compared to 3.9 nationally). Violent crime is at a 40-year low. Our murder rate (per capita) is at a 45-year low and is roughly half the national average. Crime overall has remained low for past six years. Recidivism rates have …