King County jails audit finds racial bias in discipline

SEATTLE — Black people jailed in King County generally face more severe discipline and more restrictive confinement than incarcerated people of other races, according to a sweeping audit of the King County Department Adult and Juvenile Detention’s jail operations.

The Seattle Times reports the King County Auditor’s Office report also says fights, assaults and other violence that happens frequently within the county’s two adult jails are partly driven by the practice of housing two people in the tight quarters of a single cell.

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These and other findings were presented Tuesday to the Metropolitan King County Council’s Law and Justice Committee.

DAJD Director John Diaz says he welcomed the recommendations to further the goals of safety and racial equity.

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