Board of Directors
ReVise and RightSize!
I'm a parent, coach, business woman, President of WC ReEntry Coalition. Our jail situation is
where complex local, state and national
problems directly confront public safety, social responsibility, quality of life and your
Technology, red tape, costs of living are accelerating. Employees are overworked; unemployment
rises. We've undermined our small
business foundation. Taxpayers are stretched, stressed, foreclosed, bankrupt.
Who pays the $30,000/yr bill for one inmate? It takes twelve $24,000/yr. wage earners.
In 2009 1-in-26 people were imprisoned, on probation or on parole. It's a systemic
self-destructive cycle. When cutbacks take out
social services, rehab and reentry programs, recidivism increases. Read 'Race to Incarcerate'
and 'Restorative Justice'.
Let's reverse the cycle:
1. Fund a 'right-sized' jail. Solve the immediate problem.
2. ASAP stop losses, save money. Redirect non-violent offenders into lower cost, higher ROI
restorative justice models. Unite
private, public and non-profit organizations to address the REAL problem: 80% of our jail
inmates are illiterate, mentally ill,
addicted. Jail, fines, court time doesn't work. What does is recovery and rehabilitation,
functional literacy, life and job
re-skilling. Restore productive citizens.
3. ReVise! Let's innovate and build a community enterprise center to pioneer, mentor, train,
build self-reliance. Let's use
collaborative teamwork as we right-size our community! Bellingham is one of ten "happiest
cities", we lead in green business,
we're 2nd for supporting indie entrepreneurs. Let's restore honor, build a bridge to the
future by discovering and funding
innovative initiatives that are regenerative and life-enhancing. We can do this.