Like Charts? Hate Jails? Tim Burgess Has Your Back

Remember when Seattle’s contract with the King County Jail was close to running out and the city was on the verge of having to build its own municipal jail?

Well, if you haven’t been following this story with bated breath for the last few years, it turns out we (probably) don’t need to build a jail after all because of a reduction in bookings at the jail.

Councilmember Tim Burgess posted a handy little chart on his City View blog yesterday, showing exactly what a decade decline in bookings looks like:

[H]ere’s an interesting chart that shows Seattle’s history with misdemeanor prisoners.There are lots of theories about why our use of jail beds has declined so dramatically. Regardless of the reasons for the drop, the results are nonetheless very positive.

 

You can read the rest of Burgess’s post here.