Analysis of Establishing a Regional Jail Facility for Offenders with Mental Health or Co-Occurring Mental and Chemical Dependency Disorders
Report Type Final Report 
Date Published January 2006 
Publication Number 06-2 
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In 2005, the Legislature directed JLARC to assess whether an existing building could be converted to a specialized regional jail.  The intent of the specialized jail would be to manage jail offenders from various jurisdictions who have mental illnesses or those also with co-occurring chemical dependency disorders.  JLARC was instructed to review the size of the potential pool of offenders; examine the costs to construct and operate the facility; and discuss benefits for offenders housed in such a facility.  The report identifies many lessons learned during the analysis; provides an update on the examination of benefits being pursued by the Washington State Institute for Public Policy; and identifies some context for other policy approaches in addition to construction of a new facility.
John Woolley, Analyst
Ruta Fanning, Project Supervisor
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Number of Pages 72 
Keywords Jails, incarceration, Department of Corrections, DOC, inmate, mental health, mental illness, mentally ill, chemical dependence, chemically dependent, addict, drug, addiction, substance abuse, regional jail, prison 
Category Corrections/Judiciary