Everett Says “Stop” To Jail Bus Ticket Plan

November 19, 2015

Everett, Everett Government

Bus ticket out of town not good enough for City of Everett

Bus ticket

Everett wants cities releasing inmates to pick them up, not just provide a bus ticket.

Monday we told you about the proposed contract between the City of Seattle and the Snohomish County Jail to house Seattle prisoners in Everett and then release them with a bus ticket home.

The agreement would save the City of Seattle about $1 million dollars in jail costs in the course of a year over housing them in the King County jail.

The Seattle City Council budget committee approved the idea and the Mayor of Seattle is expected to sign the agreement and send it to the Snohomish County Council for approval later this month.

One portion of that contract bothers Everett City leaders. It calls for Seattle to only provide a voucher to the prisoner for transportation back to Seattle once they have served their time.

Everett wants to see more than return bus tickets for Seattle and any other city who has a contract to house prisoners at the Snohomish County Jail. Everett wants a clause that requires the prisoner to be physically transported to the city of arrest or to be physically picked up by a relative. Here’s the email reply to our question on how the city view’s the bus ticket arrangements from Meghan Pembroke at the City of Everett…

The City and Everett Police Department support returning released inmates to their city of arrest, and we are in discussions with Snohomish County about the transport provision as it is currently outlined in the proposed contract. One of the priority recommendations of the Community Streets Initiative task force addressed this issue: “Ensure released inmates and other dislocated individuals (for example, those released from emergency rooms or other facilities) are returned to their place of origin or where relational support is present.” 

Everett does have a contract with Yakima County to house prisoners on both a short and long term basis. Pembroke tells MyEverettNews.com via email how they view their release agreement with Yakima County…

Legally, once an inmate has been released (on bail or after they’ve completed their sentence), we cannot require them to remain at a location. However, Yakima County is committed to returning inmates to Everett and not releasing them on their streets, so they provide transport for inmates back to Everett following their release (as described on the first page of the contract).

Here is the contract between Everett and Yakima.

Later this month the proposed contract between Seattle and Snohomish County will come before the Snohomish County Council for approval and City of Everett leaders say they will be at that hearing to speak against the contract if it does not provide for more than a bus ticket back to Seattle.

Everett is also asking that all other jail contracts that only provide a bus ticket back to the city of arrest either be amended to include the provision of physical return to the city of arrest or to add that provision to the contract once it is up for renewal.


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7 Responses to “Everett Says “Stop” To Jail Bus Ticket Plan”

  1. Robert Says:

    The bus ticket idea was stupid to begin with. Everett should take care of Everett and I agree with Michael, if we have enough room to take Seattles prisoners how about we stop using Yakima and just house only Everett offenders and let Seattle send them to Yakima. We don’t need more crime on our streets then we already have. Thankfully Everett city leaders had the good sense not to cave in to the bus ticket plan.

  2. Michael Says:

    Wait, Everett ships its prisoners to Yakima while Seattle ships it’s prisoners to Everett? Can’t we skip some steps here and have Everett put it’s prisoners in Everett and have Seattle contract with Yakima?

    This seems a bit absurd

    • Rick Lapinski Says:

      The link explains more about the economics of inmate housing. I’ m not sure what King County charges for bed space but it must be advantageous for them to look at other options for more than one reason.

      Additional motivation to house a convict in another city is to relieve themselves of the verified excruciating financial burden. A homeless person can be homeless anywhere, and is most likely to stay in a place that has more options and services to keep them in that position. If a conically homeless person is arrested for any offense that would require jail time and then is relocated to Everett, the unsupervised return agreement will most likely fail and we will gain a new resident. Seattle knows that finding a reason to arrest a homeless person in the cycle of chronic homelessness, will elevate them from the true costs associated with the real issue.

      We should focus on our own current homeless population and do what is reasonably possible to reduce it, appealing this agreement is only one of many ways Everett can stop attracting homeless residents.



    • Judy Says:

      I agree with you Michael but the almighty dollar is louder then common sense. Everett will make some money in this deal. I do not trust the Everett officials and feel they will cave in to Seattle. We have to make sure
      they do not cave in. Look at the mess they made in the new courthouse. I do not think they can be trusted to stand up to Seattle.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Agree completely. Nobody should be using Everett as a criminal dumping ground. We can house them while they do their time, but take them back when they’re done. Your problem to begin with.

  4. Rick Lapinski Says:

    It is great Seattle found a way to shore up their budget but it should not be at the expense of another municipality. It is assuring to see that the City of Everett is in opposition of this agreement and willing to defend the direction of ongoing positive change that they and its citizens are implementing.

    Contracting with Uber or a taxi service to return inmates to the place of origin would be better received here.

  5. Judy Says:

    The City of Seattle should physically send a vehicle up to Everett to retrieve their prisoners just like Yakima. We SHOULD not accept anything less from Seattle! We do not want their prisoners here!