File #: 23-0158    Version: 1
Type: information Status: Filed
File created: 2/2/2023 In control: City Council
Agenda date: 2/7/2023 Final action: 2/7/2023
Title: Jail Facility Briefing
Jail Facility Briefing

Recommended Action
Committee Recommendation:
Not referred to a committee.

City Manager Recommendation:
Receive a briefing regarding the City's jail facility.

Whether to receive a briefing regarding the City's jail facility.

Staff Contact:
Rich Allen, Chief, Olympia Police Department, 360.753.8147

Rich Allen, Chief, Olympia Police Department

Background and Analysis:
Chief Allen has made a recommendation to the City Manager to close the City jail and use the existing contract with the Nisqually Tribal Corrections Facility to house misdemeanant offenders.

Chief Allen will describe the current state of the Olympia Jail facility, the advantages of exclusively using the Nisqually jail, and the financial impact of this recommendation.

Climate Analysis:
The increase in population of the Nisqually jail is not expected to have an impact on its energy use/greenhouse emissions or other factors. However, closing our own city jail will certainly reduce those emissions and electrical usage.

The drive/commute to the Nisqually jail will be longer for the officers who must transport arrested individuals, which will increase our fuel consumption. However, the elimination of the need for large shipments of food, supplies and other items to our jail by large semi-trucks will offset our small increase in consumption and emission.

Equity Analysis:
Our current jail was built in the 1960's and lacks many of the qualities a modern facility offers (natural sunlight, outdoor recreation, large open spaces). It is believed that the Nisqually jail offers the ability to house those individuals that are in our care with an experience that is more aligned with our City values than our current facility offers.

Neighborhood/Community Interests (if known):
The community has an expectation that those who find themselves in the criminal justice system, be treated in a manner that is consistent with our City values.

The community a...

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