The purpose of the Incarceration Prevention and Reduction Task Force is to continually review Whatcom County’s criminal justice and behavioral health programs and make specific recommendations to safely and effectively reduce incarceration of individuals struggling with mental illness and chemical dependency, and minimize jail utilization by pretrial defendants who can safely be released. The Task Force also serves as the Law and Justice Council as required by RCW 72.09.300.
Meetings are open to the public. Community members who attend may provide public comment on issues related to incarceration prevention and reduction efforts in Whatcom County.
The Incarceration Prevention and Reduction Task Force has 29/30 members.
The 8 members appointed by the County Council include:
In addition, 22 permanent members include: