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About Juliette Daniels

Juliette is a licensed attorney in both Washington state and Texas. After spending 15 years working in litigation for two large Houston law firms, she moved to Bellingham in 2004 and eventually became interested in studying and writing about Whatcom County government and its criminal justice system. Juliette holds a BJ in communications and news journalism from the University of Texas at Austin; and a law degree from the University of Houston Law Center.

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Articles by Juliette Daniels

The Cost of Prosecutorial Mismanagement

By Juliette DanielsOn Oct 14, 2018

On November 6, Whatcom County voters will choose a new Prosecuting Attorney for the first time in 44 years. One candidate, Eric Richey, has been a criminal prosecutor in that office for [...]

Voices from the Inside:  Part two—It’s time to decriminalize mental illness in Whatcom County

By Juliette DanielsOn Mar 05, 2018

The “criminalization” of mental illness is the end result of decades of failed mental health policy. Jails and prisons are the new asylums. Law enforcement is now on the front [...]

Voices from the Inside: Part 1 - What’s next for the Whatcom County Jail and Justice System?

By Juliette DanielsOn Feb 05, 2018

The sheriff and corrections officers working at the Whatcom County Jail have described intolerable working conditions and inhumane housing for inmates. Based on first-hand accounts of former inmates, the jail [...]

Prosecutor has State Law Mandate to Lead Criminal Justice Reform

By Juliette DanielsOn Nov 01, 2017

On October 23, the Vera Institute of Justice presented its findings and recommendations regarding the Whatcom County Criminal Justice System, in a four-hour presentation before the Incarceration Prevention and Reduction Task [...]

Vote NO on the New Jail Tax

By Juliette DanielsOn Sep 08, 2017

In November, Whatcom County voters will again consider giving the County an extra 0.2 percent sales tax “for public safety purposes, including costs associated with financing, construction, maintenance, and operation of [...]

Both Councils Ignore Jail Studies

By Juliette DanielsOn Jul 15, 2017

On Monday, July 10, The Vera Institute presented its preliminary data findings on the Whatcom County justice system at a special meeting of the Incarceration Prevention and Reduction Task Force (IPRTF). [...]

Repair the Jail!

By Juliette DanielsOn Jul 08, 2017

The Fiscally-Responsible Alternative: Renovate the Existing County Jail A scant majority of County and City Council members currently support compelling voters to a second vote (in as many years) on [...]

Hit the Jail Reset - Again

By Juliette DanielsOn Jun 22, 2017

Walla Walla County Assumed Management of its County Jail in 2015 and became A Leader in Criminal Justice Reform On June 1, 2015, Walla Walla County Commissioners voted unanimously to create a new [...]

Hit the Reset Button on the Jail

By Juliette DanielsOn Jun 17, 2017

The Chelan County Jail was built in 1982, when state grants were available to assist cities and counties with construction of jail facilities. It had an original bed count of 200. The [...]

Evidence-Based Jail Planning Processes

By Juliette DanielsOn Jun 13, 2017

There are 39 counties in the State of Washington. Many of them took advantage of State and Federal funds to build city and county jails in the 1970s and 1980s. Whatcom [...]

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