More info: Town Hall Listening Session
Whatcom County has been working to develop a plan for a criminal legal system that is built to address the root causes of incarceration. Designed with rehabilitation as the goal, it prioritizes community-based preventative services, successful re-entry, and the reduction of re-incarceration, specifically by investing in behavioral health services.
Earlier this year, the Stakeholder Advisory Committee finalized the Justice Project Needs Assessment Report to evaluate and determine the existing and future needs to address underlying causes of incarceration, provide treatment resources for substance and behavioral health needs, and incarcerate people with dignity and professional care to help them successfully re-enter the community. Now, the Justice Project Implementation Plan is being developed, led by the Whatcom County Executive, with guidance from the Incarceration Prevention and Reduction Task Force and input from community members, county staff, and key stakeholders.