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Proposal Would Weaken Three Strikes Law

April 7, 2009 in Publications

Lawmakers in Olympia are considering a proposal to change the state’s Three-Strikes-You’re-Out law by removing second degree robbery from the list of criminal offenses that count as a strike.

The Dirty Dozen: How Twelve Supreme Court Cases Radically Expanded Government and Eroded Freedom

June 24, 2008 in Events
Tuesday, June 24th, 2008
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Washington Athletic Club
Seattle, WA

The Puget Sound Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society sponsored a talk by William Mellor, co-author of the new book The Dirty Dozen: How Twelve Supreme Court Cases Radically Expanded Government and Eroded Freedom. The lunch event, co-sponsored by Washington Policy Center, took place at the Washington Athletic Club.

More Gun Control Won't Reduce Violence

January 16, 2007 in Publications

A recent P.I. editorial agrees with Mayor Nickels’ call for more gun control, saying “the legal system could do a lot more to control guns. ”There’s just one problem with this approach – it won’t work.

Legal Gun Ownership Saves Lives

May 17, 2006 in Publications

It’s an age-old story. A criminal shoots someone, and then politicians propose gun-control measures that would have done nothing to prevent the shooting. On March 26, Kyle Huff killed six people at a late-night party in Seattle. Seattle mayor Greg Nickels immediately called for more regulations on guns. None of his proposals would have prevented the tragedy.

Prison Health Care: Healing a Sick System through Private Competition

April 15, 2003 in Publications

The primary function of government is to protect the lives, liberty and property of its citizens. Public safety is thus essential to the continuance of civil society. Public safety depends on a reliable and effective criminal justice system, and central to the administration of justice is a humane, secure and efficient prison system.

Private Prisons Would Help Lawmakers Get Soaring Costs Under Control

March 18, 2003 in Publications

The single most important problem our state legislators face this year is the need to pass a balanced budget. Right now lawmakers are looking for any means possible to close the projected budget gap, by boosting taxes and fees, trimming planned spending increases, or some combination of both.

New Research Shows Private Prisons Enable State to Improve Quality and Control Costs

in Press releases

Seattle - A study released today by Washington Policy Center presents new research on how states can improve quality and control cost by taking advantage of private prison services. The study notes that Department of Corrections spending is one of the fastest-growing areas of state expenditure and is contributing significantly to the looming $2.4 budget deficit.

Private Prisons and the Public Interest: Improving Quality and Reducing Costs through Competition

February 25, 2003 in Publications

The cost of maintaining Washington’s state-run prison system is becoming increasingly unsustainable. The state Department of Corrections budget has more than doubled over the last ten years, rising from $502 million in the 1991-1993 biennium to $1,072 million in the current biennium. Corrections costs rose more than 12.3% over the last two years, a rate more than four times faster than inflation. The increasing cost of operating the state prison system has outpaced the rise in total General Fund spending in every biennium in the 1990s, and is now one of the fastest growing areas of state spending.