Franklin County Sheriff speaks on passing of Proposition One
PASCO, Wash. --One of the biggest issues to pass on local ballots for Franklin county is Proposition One. The Criminal Justice Tax. Was approved with 62 percent voting yes and 38 percent voting no.
The details are up to council members, but Sheriff Richard Lathim says the completed jail should be up by 2014.
That still leaves two years of a very tight squeeze at the Franklin County Corrections Facility. The Sheriff said on Monday they had 210 inmates and spaces for only 160.
Lathim still showed up optimistic to the Election Headquarters Tuesday, and says he's not surprised the measure passed because many people have been asking him questions about the expansion, why it's needed, especially during tours they offered to the public. He says it was a totally different reaction than what he got from residents two years ago when a similar measure on the ballot failed.
Lathim does say although he's happy about the results, he's worried about these next two years of trying to figure how to fit everyone in. "What you have to do next is limit the type of people that go to jail. you have to do early releases and those type of things. once you start doing that. that's when you start losing your foothold, and keep on top of the crime and hold people accountable for their actions."