Dumping Ground HEADLINES
They didn’t belong here, but Pierce County got stuck with them: seven men, seven felons, seven outsiders.
Gus “Bunny” Lockridge, perennial convict, shares a trait with aluminum cans: He’s recyclable.
What is work release?
In Pierce County, the state Department of Corrections picks the felons who go to local work-release centers. County officials don’t get a vote.
The story of the work-release class of 2005 relied on independent research of public records culled from the state Department of Corrections, Pierce and King county superior courts and commercial databases linked to statewide court records and state criminal history records.
Defenders of Pierce County work-release programs know they’re the neighbors no one wants.
Pierce County is a dumping ground for the state prison system, which for years has been sending Tacoma and its neighboring communities more than their share of ex-convicts.
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