Thank you for your e-mail regarding the King County Jail.
As you stated, the Department of Justice last year conducted an investigation of the King County Jail and issued a letter that made three major claims:
-- That guards were witnessed using an inappropriate level of force against inmates,
-- That suicide-prevention protocols are insufficient, and
--That the level of medical care is inadequate.
The Department of Justice has submitted a settlement proposal which the King County Council recently reviewed in preparation for a formal response. This process has been conducted at the same time as the Council's review of animal shelter services and was not delayed by it. The presence of other problems does not excuse the cruel and inhumane treatment of helpless animals, or their killing.
Thanks again for writing.
King County Councilmember