Why do we need a new jail?

There are 2 primary reasons why a new jail is needed. Whatcom County has outgrown the available capacity of the current jails, and the main jail is outdated and structurally deficient.

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1. Why do we need a new jail?
2. Why is overcrowding a problem?
3. What is the definition of an overcrowded jail?
4. What is the cause of the overcrowding?
5. What strategies have been used to address the overcrowding?