New jail sites on horizon in Snohomish County
Narrowing the field from 14 to four, Snohomish County Executive Bob Drewel has recommended that the environmental impact statement for a new jail not include the proposed site in the City of Snohomish.
The new 300- to 500-bed Snohomish County jail in the works is designed to alleviate the crowding at Everett, and will be in one of four locations: one north of Arlington, one south of Marysville, and two near Smokey Point.
"No one wants a new jail," said Drewel. "Stiffer state laws and state sentencing guidelines, coupled with more people living in Snohomish County, have caused the number of inmates in the county jail to explode."
The current zoning designation in Snohomish does not allow correctional facilities, and a zoning change does not "appear feasible." Public hearings regarding the sites were held in December 1995 and May-June 1996.
When completed, the new facility will double as a regional booking and holding facility, allowing police to return to duty in the area rather than going to Everett. The majority of the inmates will be classified as minimum to medium security risk, with maximum security inmates transported to Everett.