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At 11th hour, Whatcom jail proposal faces competing demands

Ideas range from much bigger facility to no new jail

A photo through the window looking into where inmates are kept. There are phones on the walls on the right, a table with chairs in the center, and red stairways that lead to the green doors hosting cells.
Whatcom County officials are likely to propose a November ballot measure that would fund construction of a new jail. County leaders cite inhumane conditions in the existing downtown jail, located next to the courthouse. (Hailey Hoffman/Cascadia Daily News)
By Ralph Schwartz Staff Reporter
In letters delivered this week, Bellingham and Whatcom County’s small cities have underscored comp

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