Everett Mayor Responds to Seattle Jail Contract

November 25, 2015

Everett, Everett Government

Editor’s Update 2:00 PM: Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson confirmed to MyEverettNews.com that he will be at Monday’s Snohomish County Council meeting when they discuss the jail contract.

Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson

Everett Mayor Stephanson

Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson has sent a letter to the Snohomish County Council outlining what he calls irresponsible and unfair terms in a contract between the City of Seattle and Snohomish County to house Seattle’s prisoners in the Snohomish County jail.

In his letter the Mayor also says he’s disappointed that contracts between Snohomish County and other cities who use the jail have not been renegotiated to ensure prisoners sent to Everett are returned to their city of arrest. You can read the Mayor’s entire letter here…

Everett Mayor Letter – Snohomish County Council – Jail Contract 11-24-15 (1)

The letter references section 4.4.3 of the contract which we told you about on November 16th. Everett Police Chief Dan Templeman has included expanded language that the City of Everett wants to see in the agreement…

The City and County agree to make every effort to release City of Seattle inmates in the City of Seattle. The County will provide regular transportation and security for up to ten (10) City inmates between the Snohomish County Jail Facility and the King County Jail three to five times per week under the terms and rate cited in 4.4.1 above. If the County is unable to transport City inmates back to Seattle, then every effort shall be made by the City to arrange for transportation of City of Seattle inmates back to the Seattle, using City of Seattle transportation resources. If there are no City or County transportation options available at the time of release, the City of Seattle inmate may choose to remain in custody, by signing a written waiver, and return to the City of Seattle via a regularly scheduled transport, be released to a family member or friend with confirmed transportation.

The Snohomish County Council is expected to consider the Seattle contract at their meeting next Monday November 30th. We’ll let you know the outcome.


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