Seattle and Auburn Jail Needs Assessment and Programming Study
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The cities of Auburn and Seattle commissioned RGA to conduct two separately-funded analyses of their jail systems.  Those projects included developing needs assessments of new jail facilities.  These studies involved developing inmate jail population analyses and projections; alternatives to incarceration analysis; capacity options; operational and space programming; and construction and staffing cost estimates. The information generated as part of these studies assisted the two cities in assessing the relative benefits, challenges and costs for developing their own facilities versus participating in a larger multi-municipality regional jail initiative.


In Seattle, officials asked us to evaluate alternatives to incarceration in an attempt to reduce jail beds. The information generated as part of the analysis demonstrated that an enhanced and expanded recommended use of alternatives to incarceration for pre-trial and sentenced offenders would result in significant bed space savings (12%).