Incarceration Prevention and Reduction Task Force

Task Force Calendar 
2019 Meeting Schedule

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Reports and Information

Some of these documents are large files that take time to download and open

  • Phase I Report and Report Addendum, February 2016
  • Phase II Report, October 2016
  • Initial Phase III Report, July 2017
  • Vera Institute of Justice Preliminary Data Report, July 2017
  • Task Force member responses to draft version of Vera Institute report, various, November 2017
  • Vera Institute of Justice Final Report with Draft Task Force Introduction, November 2017
  • Incarceration Prevention and Reduction Task Force Final Phase III Report, December 2017

Members


The Incarceration Prevention and Reduction Task Force has 29/30 members.  

The 8 appointed members include:
  • Stephen Gockley, Health and Social Services
  • Greg Winter, Health and Social Services
  • Byron Manering, Health and Social Services
  • Moonwater, Health and Social Services
  • Jack Hovenier - Task Force Chair, Consumer of services or family member of consumer
  • Deborah Hawley, Consumer of services or family member of consumer
  • Heather Flaherty, Concerned citizen
  • Arlene Feld, Concerned citizen
In addition, 22 permanent members include:
  • Tyler Schroeder, County Executive representative
  • Barry Buchanan, County Council
  • Bill Elfo, County Sheriff/Jail Administrator
  • Eric Richey, Prosecuting Attorney
  • Angela Anderson, Public Defender representative
  • Deborra Garrett, Superior Court Judge
  • Dave Reynolds, Juvenile Court Administrator/Superior Court Clerk
  • To be determined, District Court representative
  • Anne Deacon, Health Department, Human Services Division
  • Daniel Hammill, Bellingham City Council Member
  • Kelli Linville, Bellingham Mayor or representative
  • To Be Determined, Bellingham Police Chief or representative
  • Darlene Peterson, Bellingham City Attorney, Municipal Court, or Police
  • To be determined, Small City Mayor
  • To be determined, Small City Council Member
  • To be determined, Small City Police Chief
  • Raylene King, Blaine Court Administrator, Small Cities Municipal Court representative
  • Travis Brockie, Lummi Business Council Member, Tribes
  • Undesignated, Nooksack Tribe
  • Chris Phillips, Peace Health St. Joseph's Medical Center representative 
  • Jerry DeBruin, Fire District 14 Chief, Emergency medical services (EMS) representative
  • To be determined, Secretary of the Washington State Department of Corrections

Additional Information


Vacancies


Term Limit


There are no term limits

Term Length


Terms are 4 years.

Purpose


The purpose of the Incarceration Prevention and Reduction Task Force is to continually review Whatcom County’s criminal justice and behavioral health programs and make specific recommendations to safely and effectively reduce incarceration of individuals struggling with mental illness and chemical dependency, and minimize jail utilization by pretrial defendants who can safely be released.

Authority