February 15, 2011

Media campaign expands to Vancouver as the commercials make news themselves.

The Federation’s TV and radio commercial media campaign enters its second week, expanding to Vancouver tomorrow. Meanwhile, the campaign itself is making news. 

The TV commercials hit basic cable outlets in Vancouver tomorrow. They’ll turn up in early morning and prime time on such channels as CNN, MSNBC, TNT, USA, HGTV, The Food Network and Bravo.

KIRO FM in Seattle this morning carried a story on the commercial that spotlights the harm from existing and potential cuts to supervision of offenders released from prisons. The governor, for instance, proposes saving $3 million by limiting the use of electronic home monitoring. It’s a problem lawmakers are echoing. “Maybe two-thirds of all felons coming out of prison are not supervised at all – admittedly those are the lower level severity cases,” state Sen. Mike Carrell of the 28th District acknowledged at a Feb. 10 hearing. Among other things, Federation Community Corrections members have argued the so-called lower risk offenders include highly dangerous offenders who have been misclassified to lower-risk.

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