During 1999 and 2000, faced with a chronic jail overcrowding problem, Whatcom County government carried out an extensive analysis and planning process to identify the causes of jail overcrowding, identify gaps or redundancies in the system, and recommend a "system-based, strategic plan that enhances the delivery system of justice services, including greater efficiencies and effectiveness." The resulting Law and Justice Plan (PDF) was developed by the Law and Justice Council and adopted by the County Council in June 2000.
A complete print copy of the June 2000 Whatcom County Law and Justice Plan is available for review at the Bellingham Public Library and the Whatcom County Library System, and at the office of the Northwest Regional Council at 600 Lakeway Drive in Bellingham.
In 2006 an update to the June 2000 Plan was initiated by the Law and Justice Council with the support of the county Executive's Office, to evaluate recent progress and to look at the path that lies ahead.
Whatcom County Law and Justice Plan (PDF)
2008 Plan Update