PASCO, Wash. (AP) - Defendants facing time in the Pasco's jail no longer have work release as a sentencing option.
The Tri-City Herald reported Wednesday that Franklin County Sheriff Jim Raymond sent a memo to county and court officials saying he has ended the program to free up space in the facility.
The county is working to comply with the settlement agreement of a class-action lawsuit by inmates that alleged federal rights violations, and that includes making changes in the jail. In particular, Raymond says more space was needed for the increasing number of women inmates.
Raymond says the move is also part of an effort to meet jail accreditation standards set by the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs.
Work release has been an option available to prosecutors and defense attorneys during plea negotiations in criminal cases.
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