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Auditors: Washington jails could release 4,700 inmates, save millions through pretrial services

Spokesman-Review: Auditors found roughly one-third of the state’s jail inmates are candidates for pretrial services such as electronic monitoring, mental health and substance abuse treatment, and texts and phone calls that remind people of court dates.

 

The auditors also found the cost of incarceration significantly outweighs the cost of pretrial services, concluding such reforms could save $6 million to $12 million in taxpayer money each year while maintaining public safety.

Read more here: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2019/mar/07/auditors-washington-jails-could-release-4700-inmat/

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