GOP complaining about prison closures balked at funding

Regarding the article documenting Republican state senators’ concerns about prison closures (“GOP senators want prison closures, early release halted,” The Herald, Sept. 19): It took the murder of a corrections officers before those GOP members would provide the funding for improved safety measures, and then a major disturbance before effective covid protocols were approved.

Telling the department to cut $80 million from the budget was bound to result in closures of units. One thing those elected officials continue fail to realize is that a well-paid and respected work force will bend over backward for the mission. County and city officials know this. That idea seems to get lost in Olympia.

Todd Fredrickson

Monroe

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