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.